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Your Turn / The Rev. Dr. Cathi Braasch, STS. In Memoriam
« on: September 10, 2020, 10:18:36 AM »
It is with a heavy heart that we learned of the death of the Rev. Dr. Cathi Braasch, STS, early this morning.

Pastor Cathi, a former member here, was a mentor to many, and a beacon of strength when she lost her husband, her only child, and a brother, all within 6 months' time a couple of years back.  She, in turn, battled the same cancer that took their daughter's life, and when it came back with a vengeance last month, was unable to fight against it.

She was a mentor to many, an orthodox Lutheran pastor, and would be the first one to say of herself "I am only an unworthy servant, who is only doing what I am told to do."

Rest eternal, grant her Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her.

Your Turn / Naked and Unashamed - the next "new" thing...
« on: February 28, 2017, 08:41:25 PM »

This ought to be a good, lively discussion...

As slippery slopes go, it was inevitable post 2009...

I can already predict those who will whine and howl about how this is being overblown, etc, but This is yet another example of a clear and present danger to religious freedom in America.  Voluntary prayer is now being banned?  What part of "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof" is unclear?

Your Turn / NALC "Lutheran Week," 'Martyrdom,' and the threat of Islam
« on: August 19, 2015, 11:52:21 AM »
While we did not  have any reporting on the events of the NALC convocation, Theological Symposium, and Mission event, what I have heard the most was the profound nature of what folks like Raymond Ibrahim, Robert Spencer, and Margaret Khamoo had to say regarding Islam.

Several things stand out in what was said last week in Dallas.  One is that NONE of the media in America have presented accurately the situation as it now stands, either regarding ISIS or Islam in general.  The second is that most people who have an opinion on Islam rather have an inaccurate and uninformed opinion (i.e. Islam is NOT a religion of peace, as is often reported).

My hope is that those who attended (and those who have serious interest in the topic) can have good, substantive discussion on the matter.  My fear is that this will be derailed like every other topic on the forum.

Your Turn / Lump of cells vs human being
« on: July 15, 2015, 12:53:59 PM »
I've been following this developing story, and though one side denies it, there seems to be enough evidence in it all to give the accusations credibility.

They cannot sell "body parts" unless they are human bodies, and so therefore Planned Parenthood is indeed engaging in murder for profit.  Come quickly, Lord.
(awaiting the usual snark from a few for posting this as well...)

so Friday, what shows up in our church's mail, amongst the pile of other junk mail, is a package containing the book, whose title is the title of the thread. 

Seeing as how I have multiple books in the pile ahead of it, I was curious to know if anyone else received this, and if so, had they read it?

The Author is Harold F. Roellig, and it is published by "Crucifer Press."  According to the back cover, it is available on Amazon.

The back cover identifies him as a graduate of both Concordia Seminary (St. Louis) and Columbia University (having a PhD in invertebrate paleontology).  Guess I can't fault him there as I didn't go that far, but have two degrees in another geological field:  sedimentary petrology.

So back to my question:  Has anyone read this, or can anyone comment to the book or author?

Your Turn / The Latest "New Sexual Revolution:" "Wild Oats Project"
« on: March 17, 2015, 10:55:44 AM »
Like "50 Shades of Gray" sending folks in all the wrong directions, I fear that this, too, shall trend for the worse:

Your Turn / Bp. V Gene Robinson getting a "divorce?"
« on: May 06, 2014, 12:31:04 AM »
This article popped up tonight.  For your edification and discussion:

or this one - haven't checked yet to see if its the same article:

Your Turn / "Son of God" movie - your thoughts?
« on: March 24, 2014, 01:45:12 PM »
I know that this was probably covered in the thread on the Discovery Channel's  "The Bible" miniseries from last March, but since its currently in theatres, thought I'd share my initial thoughts and seek yours.

"Son of God:" Hollywood versus the Bible.
I must say that I left the theatre last night, thinking that if I were not a Christian, I would be wondering what the point of it all was. Mind you, it was a masterful night at the movies, in small town Gothenburg's "Sun Theatre," complete with Digital projector and sound, and modern decor and seats that rival and even surpass the biggest megaplex cinemas. I would even expect that to convert the Gospel account to the silver screen, there would have to be major editing to play in 2 hours.   Even though the producers played hard and fast with the Biblical and historical facts, got many of them wrong, and randomly strung together some of the various events of the Gospel narrative, there was nothing glaringly wrong with it. However, there also was nothing overwhelmingly right either.
For instance, even though the "Passion of the Christ" from 2004 presents a very "Catholic" view of the atonement and also plays hard and fast with certain facts, (adding in a lot of events that simply were never recorded), the constant interplay between God and Satan was one of its strongest points theologically.
This movie had none of that. The closest thing to a purpose came early on when Jesus responds to Peter, after a whole series of "hollywood-izations" in Jesus's calling of Peter, "we're going to change the world." While this may in fact be true, it was not ever the prophetic reason for the Messiah, and leaves out the history of God's purpose for doing just that: changing the world. WHY did God send his Son? WHAT reasons were there for Jesus to die? Without that, it was just a series of random stories that only loosely followed the Biblical narrative in terms of its accuracy.
Yes, it is expected that to dramatize the Gospel in a mere couple of hours, the "hollywood-izations" can and will happen. Yet the 2003 "Gospel of John" movie did a far better job of presenting the Gospel story with a theological point to it all, as the movie essentially re-told St. John's narrative word-for-word while portraying the events on screen.
Truthfully, I thought the most credible character, even with the "hollywood-ization," was Pilate. He was portrayed as a ruthless Roman who simply did not know what to make of Jesus. However, despite that the sentence of death was carried out under Roman jurisdiction, he is not pertinent to God's divine plan.
I guess my whole take would be that if this movie drives people to seek out Jesus, great. If it gets people to want to learn more about Christ, wonderful. The movie was just ho hum, but the book is fantastic! Read the book!

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