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Your Turn / Australian Floods
« on: January 12, 2011, 02:08:49 AM »
For those interested in the goings on in Queensland, here is the current President's Letter from the Lutheran Church of Australia.  If you haven't already, please add the Queenslanders to your prayers.


http://www.lca.org.au/media/president.cfm

President Mike is currently on leave from the office, but this special edition of the President’s Page is sent out to keep the wider LCA informed of what is happening within the flooded areas of Queensland.

The people of Queensland and Northern NSW, especially our Lutheran brothers and sisters, are in our hearts at this time. We keep in our prayers those who have lost crops, homes, businesses, belongings and especially friends and family members, and pledge our full support to help people through this crisis. The last 24 hours have seen the situation become far more serious as Toowoomba, Gratham, parts of Helidon and Gatton and the lower Lockyer Valley have been hit with flash flooding.

Flooding is also occurring in Brisbane and surrounding areas. The Brisbane River has broken its banks and the CBD has been evacuated. Water levels are expected to continue to rise. The QLD District Office was closed today, with flooding expected in the lower part of the building, and will remain closed potentially for the remainder of the week. Ipswich is expecting flooding once the Bremer River peaks.

It has been hard to get an accurate picture of exactly what is happening as many communication lines are down, and pastors are still working with their congregations to check that everyone is alright. So far there has been no Lutheran loss of life.

A flash flood (described as an” inland Tsunami”) hit Toowoomba. This water also devastated Gratham, parts of Helidon, parts of Gatton and is now affecting the lower Lockyer Valley. The Lockyer Valley is severely affected although details are not clear as phone communication is out in many areas. Nine people are confirmed dead (drowned) 66 are listed as missing. Many areas in the Lockyer Valley have evacuated or are evacuating. Pastor James Haak from Gatton has reported that flood heights in the Lockyer are two metres above the 1974 flood levels.

New areas north of Brisbane joined the flood list yesterday. Parts of Gympie and Maryborough are flooding. Dalby and Chinchilla are flooding again. In Dalby the floodwaters peaked just under 3.8m last night and have now receded to around 3.4m. Many are still isolated in their homes, but Lutheran members are safe and well.

TOOWOOMBA
Reports from the Toowoomba pastors are that the centre of the flooding and damage was the centre of the city. All of the churches in the Toowoomba area have not been affected. There has been minimal damage to residential properties, some people with water through their houses, the majority of the damage has been done to businesses in the centre of town. The centre of Toowoomba was closed off by council today to begin clean up operations. Toowoomba residents are still staying close to their houses.

LAIDLEY
Laidley has been cut off and some areas are flooded, with Forest Hill and parts of Laidley evacuated. Phone lines have been cut so communication is difficult. Water coming down from the Toowoomba area is over 2.5m higher than anything previously recorded.

GATTON
Gatton has also been cut off with some areas flooded. Several Lutheran families are in evacuation centres. Phone lines are down so it is hard to get information.

LOWOOD/ESK
It has been raining since sun-up and this is making local residents nervous. Some Lutherans have been evacuated from the Lockyer Creek area but as far as we are aware Lutherans in the area are alright.

ROSEWOOD
There has been persistent heavy rain throughout the day but no Lutheran members are known to be in any danger at this point in time.

How can you help?
At this stage, the full extent of damage to homes, businesses and farms is unknown and may not be known for some time. For those who would like to assist, you can donate to the two funds available for helping those who require assistance, the LCA Disaster and Welfare Fund, and the LCAQD Disaster and Relief Fund. Both funds have been established to help those affected by disasters and any donations are tax deductable.

If you, or someone you know is moved to want to make a donation to the fund, please direct them to the LCA Online Donations and Payments website (provided by the LLL) where and on-line donation may be made.

For donations to the LCAQD Disaster and Relief Fund:

https://donation.lca.org.au
then click LCA
then click LCQ QLD District
then click LCAQD Disaster & Relief Fund
then follow the prompts
Write in the Comments Field any particular advice you may wish to add.
Or… You can mail cheques to LCAQD District Office, Att: Accounts Department, PO Box 1535 MILTON QLD 4064. Cheques to be made payable to LCAQD Disaster and Relief Fund. Please ensure you include all your contact details for receipts.

Or…

For donations to the LCA Disaster and Welfare Fund

https://donation.lca.org.au
then click LCA
then click Lutheran Church of Australia
then click LCA Disaster and Welfare Fund
then follow the prompts
Write in the Comments Field any particular advice you may wish to add.
Or… You can mail cheques to LCA National Office, Att: Disaster and Welfare Fund Department, 197 Archer St North Adelaide SA 5006. Cheques to be made payable to LCA Disaster and Welfare Fund. Please ensure you include all your contact details for receipts.

Volunteers
As the clean up continues, the need for skilled volunteers and tradespeople will become apparent. If you are able to help in this capacity, please keep in touch with the QLD District Office once it reopens.

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Your Turn / A lot of little Luthers
« on: August 11, 2010, 09:42:44 AM »
http://ottmarhoerl.de/sites/aktuell/aktuell.php

While the statue of Luther in the square in Wittenburg is being repaired/restored the square will be filled with hundreds of little Luthers.  The link above is the artist's website.  One can even purchase a little Luther for 250 Euros or a signed one for 500 Euros.  This artist gained fame or infamy for a similar display of garden gnomes giving the Nazi salute and another set giving the one-finger salute.

I want a red one...of Luther not the saluting gnomes.

Enjoy.

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Your Turn / CS Lewisesque humor from David Virtue
« on: July 01, 2010, 11:10:56 AM »
http://www.virtueonline.org/portal/modules/news/article.php?storyid=12824

For those that don't swim in other waters, I thought I would link a bit of Anglican humor.  It makes me wonder how a modern "Screwtape Letter" might look in regards to American Lutheranism.  Thoughts?

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Your Turn / Guess that theologian...
« on: September 24, 2009, 02:49:11 PM »
Anyone care to guess who this quote is from?  Opinions on the quote?

“How many winds of doctrine we have known in recent decades, how many ideological currents, how many ways of thinking... The small boat of thought of many Christians has often been tossed about by these waves - thrown from one extreme to the other: from Marxism to liberalism, even to libertinism; from collectivism to radical individualism; from atheism to a vague religious mysticism; from agnosticism to syncretism, and so forth. Every day new sects are created and what Saint Paul says about human trickery comes true, with cunning which tries to draw those into error (cf Eph 4, 14). Having a clear faith, based on the Creed of the Church, is often labeled today as a fundamentalism. Whereas, relativism, which is letting oneself be tossed and "swept along by every wind of teaching," looks like the only attitude (acceptable) to today’s standards. We are moving towards a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as for certain and which has as its highest goal one’s own ego and one’s own desires.”

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Your Turn / What the UMC is saying about the CWA
« on: August 30, 2009, 12:24:06 AM »
http://www.virtueonline.org/portal/modules/news/article.php?storyid=11103

I just found the above article on VirtueOnline, apparently the UMC does not agree with the ELCA regarding sexually active homosexual clergy.

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Your Turn / ELCA seminarians
« on: August 28, 2009, 02:01:30 PM »
There has been a lot of discussion concerning individuals (and families), congregations, and clergy staying or leaving the ELCA considering the CWA voting, but what about seminarians?  I would imagine that there are seminary students at various stages of their Masters of Divinity that may want to leave but have difficulties unique to their situation.  For example, a student at an ELCA seminary may want to switch to either of the Concordia institutions but will loose most if not all of their credit hours since the Concordias do not give much if any transfer credit.  Plus there are the ordination requirements of the LCMS that could tack on significant time to the process.  I use the LCMS as an example because they are the 2nd largest Lutheran denomination and I know a little about them, whereas I know next to nothing about WELS, ELS, or AFLC.

So are there any seminarians on ALPB willing to discuss their thoughts and difficulties? 

I'll start:
I withdrew from Luther Seminary (distance) last Friday afternoon.  I will be finishing up with Faith Evangelical Seminary (formerly Faith Evangelical Lutheran Seminary) which is an approved school for the LCMC and would allow me the option of colloquy later with the LCMS.  This was a fairly easy decision for me because I hadn't uprooted my family and moved to St. Paul yet.  I would have chosen to transfer to a LCMS school (probably Ft. Wayne) but I would have lost most if not all my course credit, and my wife is a veterinarian with an established practice so staying local was a major factor.

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