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Your Turn / Is Wealth actually Satanic?
« on: August 29, 2021, 05:26:25 PM »
Pondering today the difference between the state of the church in the US and western Europe and the growth of the church in Africa and Asia despite persecution.  My wife has said for years that all Americans will have to stand before God and answer for how we have prospered off the labor of exploited people.  I suspect that everyone who reads these words is probably wearing something or sitting with something around them that was made by people exploited and ill treated, some of whom are slaves.

Jesus spoke of how hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom.  And the state of the Church in the West shows again our Lord's truth.

People have often said that the riches of the USA are a sign of God's blessings.  Maybe, wealth is a sign of God's wrath on those who love their stuff more than their God.

Your Turn / Atheist Chaplains
« on: August 27, 2021, 02:01:43 PM »
I see where Harvard has named an atheist as their lead chaplain.  This brings several thoughts to mind.  Why would an atheist want to be a chaplain?  Who would seek spiritual advice from an atheist?  Where does this sort of nonsense stop?  Could a Scientologist be a chaplain?  How about a Branch Davidian?  Maybe a follower of the Flying Spaghetti Monster would do the trick. 

Your Turn / Carl Trueman's New Book
« on: November 26, 2020, 02:26:00 PM »
I'm now reading Carl Trueman's newest book, The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self.  it is striking me as a very important book not only to explain our cultural changes but also to alert the Church to what is ahead for us.  I note that Rod Dreher (The Benedict Option) wrote the introduction.

My hope is that at least some on this board will get the book and read it so we can have a proper discussion.

Your Turn / Discussion of Charles Porterfield Krauth
« on: June 24, 2020, 09:41:35 AM »
If anyone is interested, I will be leading a zoom discussion on the life and work of Krauth for Shepherd University (WV) on July 14 at 10 am.  It's a continuing ed program and is free.  If you would like to sign in send me your email address and I will forward it to Shepherd.  There's some interest there because Krauth was born 25 miles from Shepherdstown and served the church at Shepherdstown early in his career

Your Turn / What , if anything, was the Pope Thinking?
« on: December 24, 2019, 11:45:02 AM »
How many of you have seen a recent article in which Pope Francis declared to a group of young people that proselytizing is "unchristian".?  He also said that if Christianity wants to grow and stay relevant it has to change to be more acceptable to the world.  Is he secretly an Episcopalian?  Or were the reformers right about the identity of anti-Christ?

And, BTW, the Church is growing all over the world.

Your Turn / Changes in the AFLC
« on: June 15, 2019, 08:10:26 AM »
I've just returned from the 57th annual conference of the Assoc. of Free Lutheran Congregations.  As always I found it spiritually invigorating with wonderful worship, great fellowship and a common commitment to our vision of free and living congregations.

In terms of business, the Rev. Lyndon Korhonen was reelected to a 3rd 3 year term as President, the Rev. Terry Olson was reelected to a second term as VP and the Rev. Micah Hjermstad was reelected to a 3rd term as Secretary (where he will probably have to serve until he goes home or the Lord returns  :D).  We defeated an attempt to make membership on our corporations statistically related to the size of our districts.  Most of the other business was normal.

The AFLC is now undergoing a generational turnover in leadership.  In the last 2 years we have seen retirements of long term leaders such as the Dean of our 2 year Bible school, the Director of Home Missions, the Director of World Missions, the Director of Evangelism and Discipleship and several of our seminary professors.  Some of these changes are introducing new philosophies of operation.  In addition, our schools are changing their legal names.

For some of us this is a tad disconcerting but it also is evidence of the Lord's continued work among us as we move forward.  I'm wondering if other Lutheran bodies are experiencing the same generational changes as we are now undergoing?

Your Turn / Celebrations of Life
« on: July 28, 2018, 11:32:29 AM »
A member of our congregation died last week.  Her daughter called me and said that the family did not want it mentioned that her mother had been a sinner, it was too depressing.  I replied that the Good News is good exactly because her mother was a sinner and that it was important for that to be said.  A funeral is a worship service, not a party.  Well, long story short, the daughter decided that rather than have a funeral at the church they would rent a hall and have a celebration of life--not eternal life, but the life the deceased had just left.  Okay, I'm not going to argue with the family about it, but I admit that I find these celebration of life functions pretty off-putting.  I'm curious about how others on the board feel about such things and how you deal with it.  I'm afraid there will be more of this coming down the pike as our culture continues its ever more rapid slide into paganism.

Your Turn / Service denied
« on: June 24, 2018, 03:06:35 PM »
I saw in the news today that the President's public spokeswoman was kicked out of a restaurant because she worked at the White House.  The woman who owned the restaurant said she would do it again because of her commitment to "morality".  I'm now waiting for our resident liberals to leap up defending her right to be served in a public establishments and demanding action against the restaurant owner and staff.
(I suspect there will be the sound of silence, but maybe I'm wrong.)

Your Turn / Just What Is The Pope's View of Protestants
« on: October 21, 2016, 12:50:13 PM »
In an article in a journal called Unio Cum Cristo I read an interview with an Italian theologian named Leonardo de Chirico about the effects of Vatican II.  In it he points out that the current Pope gave a lecture in 1985 in which he named Luther and Calvin as heretics whose work is responsible for most of the ills in Western society.  Now that's a long time ago, but it was republished 2 years ago with Francis' approval, implying that is still his position.  My question--if this is the Pope's view of us, how can we have any kind of ecumenical discussions with the RCC?  It is obvious that no matter what is said at however many meetings are held, there is no common future for Rome and Lutheranism in this life without monumental changes on someone's part.

Your Turn / AFLC Conference News
« on: June 19, 2016, 08:53:45 PM »
I returned yesterday from the AFLC annual conference.  Lyndon Korhonen was re-elected president and will serve a new 3 year term.  That's news but not the most important news.  We are terribly short of pastors right now, especially if you add in the number of pastors who are nearing or have passed retirement age.  Nearly 1/6 of our congregations are being served by interims or are without a pastor.  This is a scary situation and I wonder if it is as bad in other Lutheran bodies.  We certainly need more men to come to seminary and prepare to serve in our parishes, but we can't let standards slip either, simply searching for warm bodies.

There was also a discussion about whether we should take up another foreign mission field.  I said in that meeting that we have about 200 million unsaved people in the US and I thought we should be looking to send missionaries to America, especially before we send any to Europe.  We have a strong history of sending people to the mission field and it attracts some number of sem. grads every year.  It's a complex issue and I wonder what you in other Lutheran bodies have to say about it.

Your Turn / Looking for old Lutheran hymns
« on: May 28, 2016, 01:06:59 PM »
This summer the church I serve will celebrate its 190th anniversary.  We will use Muhlenberg's liturgy that day.  I also would like to use hymns that bunch of German Americans would have been familiar with in 1826.  The grave stones are in English, but the founding documents were published in both English and German so I suspect some number of the original members may have been more comfortable in German.  That most likely rules out hymns originally published in English.  I'm hoping some of you might have suggestions for us.

Your Turn / Church of England Uniting With the Scottish Kirk
« on: May 27, 2016, 10:53:24 AM »
Evidently these two organizations are about to effect some sort of union.  As both have hemorrhaged members for years it may be more financial than theological in nature.  I can't help but think that this urge to merge will spread to the mainline churches in this country pretty soon and we'll see some sort of union of the UCC, the PCUSA, the UMC, and ELCA(?)  They'll call it the United Church and pretend all is fine for another generation or so.  Would we not all prefer to see a vibrant CoE and Scottish Kirk rather than the sad thing that is being born today?

Your Turn / Let's Just Stop
« on: March 04, 2014, 08:51:30 AM »
After I got off the board yesterday I began to reflect on how much time and effort we seem to be wasting on the topic of homosexuality.  First some statements of what I believe to be facts: (1) some large portion of the ELCA has opinions about homosexuality that are opposed by most American Lutherans, and neither position is not likely to change in the near future , (2) homosexuality is not the most important issue in the Church, justification by grace is, (3) none of our talk is changing anything but it gets us all worked up (at least it gets me all worked up.

Therefore, I will not knowingly read any topic that has to do with this issue nor will I comment on it and I hope others might agree to the same so we can get something useful out of our involvement here.

Your Turn / Can This Be True?
« on: December 19, 2013, 12:09:41 PM »
Last night I read a third hand report that the bishop of the New England synod, in response to a question about whether or not non-believers spend eternity in hell, responded "no".  He/she then went on and said that whether we believe in God doesn't matter, what matters is that God believes in us!  I was struck dumb by this heresy if it is true.  Is there no way to remove someone who teaches thus from a position of authority?  I don't preach against the ELCA but if this is true, I might start.  BTW, the same person reported that the much tatooed female pastor whose name I've forgotten also said that no one she knew believed in every line of the creed.
I pray all of this is false.

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