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Your Turn / Re: Who Has A Relative Who Served In Military Combat?
« on: May 31, 2016, 10:17:13 AM »
My great uncle Clint served in WWI and survived a nerve gas attack. He was in poor health the rest of his life. My great uncle John returned from WWI in body, but his mind remained in the trenches. My father-in-law Alfred Manz flew 55 combat missions as a B-17G command pilot, but it was exposure to radiation (Mace/Matador missiles) after the war that caused his death of leukemia in 1992.

But it is the fate of a family friend that weighs upon us this year. She is a special education teacher and her husband is a retired Marine NCO and together they had three sons, all of whom served in combat and had PTSD. They are generous and Godly people; two years ago they even adopted two special needs children.  Last year during Memorial Day week the eldest son killed his wife, baby, and himself. I can't fathom how his parents cope with this on a daily basis.  As has been said upstream, the casualties of war extend far beyond the battlefield.

Your Turn / Re: Freedom of Religion Bills
« on: April 08, 2016, 11:59:32 AM »
...But those decisions are not to be made by observers who simply denigrate the religious consciences of those they disagree with as made up out of fluff and thin air.  Nor should they be decided on the basis of intimidation and threats of economic boycotts by those who have gained political, social and economic power and seek to use that power to dominate and control those who have less power.

Maybe a more descriptive term for this kind of bullying of people of faith would be "gender McCarthyism"?

Your Turn / Re: Baseball and a Bad Night for Atheists
« on: April 06, 2016, 11:32:27 AM »
I am certain it was a honor for the Houston Astros to play in the hallowed
cathedral of Yankee Stadium yesterday.   This majestic venue is home to
27 World Series Championships as we salute Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe
DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Derek Jeter.

Not to mention MY favorite,Yogi Berra (who also coached for the Astros for a while). Yogi represented the best of America, IMO.

Your Turn / Re: Baseball and a Bad Night for Atheists
« on: April 06, 2016, 10:43:33 AM »
The Astros opened the season in Yankee Stadium by defeating the Yanks 5-3! Perfect way to start the season...should be a fun season with the spacemen. My heart does go out to all those disappointed Yankee fans yesterday  ;) 8)

Your Turn / Re: Children and gender identity
« on: March 08, 2016, 10:43:22 AM »
Here is the URL for anyone who would like to forward the article. As one who has taught at-risk adolescents for 23 years, I am relieved to see some common sense on the subject. I have seen too many well-meaning counselors become unwitting enablers of teen aberrant, self destructive behavior.

Your Turn / Re: Did you know that George Strait is LCMS?
« on: February 26, 2016, 10:26:07 AM »
Some years ago, my wife and I attended a George Strait Concert  in
Tucson, Arizona.  The auditorium was packed with his fans.   He put
on a great show.  George was raised a Baptist, today he and his wife
live in San Antonio, Texas.   If Bishop Benke is correct that he is LCMS
now, then he could be attending Concordia Lutheran Church in San
Antonio which was founded by the late, great Rev. Guido Merkens.

I can attest that he doesn't attend Shepherd of the Hills. I will ask around; maybe our music director knows.

Your Turn / Re: Gerhard Malling Cartford R.I.P.
« on: February 18, 2016, 11:18:45 AM »
I started at Texas Lutheran a couple of years after he left, but left his stamp on worship and music at the college. His hymn descants were a staple of campus worship services. The TLC choir sang his Hyfrydol descant at our wedding at the college Chapel of the Abiding Presence. For 15 years my wife and I were music directors at a small San Antonio ELCA congregation and were amazed at all the African and Latin American hymns he made available; we used his music frequently. He touched the lives of an incredible number of people through his music.

Your Turn / Re: Prayer Requests
« on: February 09, 2016, 11:55:00 AM »
Thank you for all your prayers and kind words. What comfort I have seen so far is in the support of my family, and the unexpected strength of my mother who just turned 80 yesterday. What a birthday present for her! My church family is behind us all, so I take comfort in the fact we will have their support. I still ask God why this has to happen to us, but I know I'll never get the answer on this side. What I do know is I will continue to work with my at-risk students until it is no longer physically possible, and resist this disease as long as I can hold out.

Your Turn / Re: Prayer Requests
« on: February 06, 2016, 06:14:58 PM »
I will pray for Eileen as well.

But I also ask for your prayers for myself. Monday I was greeted with the news that the residual atrophy and twitching from a broken left wrist this past summer was something else entirely. I didn't improve much with physical therapy, and after several referrals I finally made it in to see a neuromuscular specialist. His initial diagnosis, pending a boatload of blood tests, is ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. The doctor isn't expecting the tests to change the diagnosis. I will get the results 2/23, and be referred to an ALS specialist at UT Health Science Center on 3/9. We are absolutely shattered right now. I am in desperate need of a shot of strength to get through the horrible ordeal to come. This is a seriously faith-testing time.


Your Turn / Re: "The LCMS Is A Heterodox Church Body"
« on: January 15, 2016, 11:55:32 AM »

As a mere layman and ELCA exile (2009), I quickly observed that in San Antonio the more conservative Concordia Lutheran Church has almost exclusively embraced contemporary worship.

Concordia, I believe is where Guido Merkins transformed it into a "mega church" and slide far away from Lutheran liturgy. He was also a Synodical Vice President and well accepted by official Missouri and the non-liberals.
Bishop Benke is correct.
Peace, JOHN

As a matter of fact, Shepherd of the Hills is located on the corner of Wurzbach and Merkens. The late Dr Merkens had a tremendous impact on the growth of Lutheranism in this very Roman Catholic city.

Your Turn / Re: "The LCMS Is A Heterodox Church Body"
« on: January 15, 2016, 11:17:33 AM »
Dr. Benke,

I am not as old as you, so I do not know who started the slide into contemporary worship in the LCMS.  But I do know that it is primarily the "libs" (as you call them) who push those practices now.

As a mere layman and ELCA exile (2009), I quickly observed that in San Antonio the more conservative Concordia Lutheran Church has almost exclusively embraced contemporary worship. The more moderate Shepherd of the Hills (where we attend) only has traditional LSB liturgical services on Sundays, though we do have a Saturday evening contemporary service which we don't attend. I have asked members from other parts of the country, and they have seen a similar pattern in their previous LCMS churches as well.

Your Turn / Re: Syrian refugees
« on: November 18, 2015, 12:19:05 PM »
One way to get rid of enemies is to kill them. Another way is to turn them into friends.

In my youth I served in the Middle East and may have a little more exposure to the culture than the armchair quarterbacks in academia and inside the beltway. The ugly truth is that many of our troops have been slaughtered by "friends".

I suggest a mission trip for you to ISIS-controlled territory to make new friends. Let us know how it all works out.

Your Turn / Re: Syrian refugees
« on: November 18, 2015, 08:58:22 AM »
The process for vetting refugees is extensive and long, taking up to two years. Homeland Security, the FBI, the US State Department are all involved. We're talking about 10,000 additional Syrian refugees, the vast majority of which are women, children and families. Maybe three percent are single men between the ages of 18 and 50. I think we can screen 300 men adequately.

The ones I worry about are radicalized French or Belgian or German citizens traveling to the US with a legitimate passport who haven't appeared on any watch list. They can come on a visitor's visa for the price of a plane ticket.

Kurt Strause

The ratio I've heard on both CBS and Fox this week is 70% of Syrian refugees are young males. Is the US only taking women and children? I haven't heard that qualifier from the President.

I totally agree about the radicalized European Islamic extremists. I lived in Europe for 6 1/2 years between 1980 and 1992, and even way back then there were some scary areas in European cities I visited.

Your Turn / Re: The holiday that hurts
« on: November 13, 2015, 02:59:03 PM »
A pox on both political parties for this! >:(

...and, a pox on us for voting for them.
Then we have met the enemy, and they is us.

Your Turn / Re: The holiday that hurts
« on: November 13, 2015, 10:33:14 AM »
No Mr. Mundinger, in your mind your DD214 is license to feel superior to others who don't join you in disrespect on Veteran's Day, crying "Talk is cheap!"

If that is your expression of thanks, for my service, you are welcome.

I'd simply add that more than a few veterans share the sentiments that I expressed in this thread.  Earlier I posted a link to the comments of the representative of one veterans organization that quite eloquently spoke to the notion that talk is cheap.  If we really mean the sentiment, why hasn't it been translated into action 365 days a year to deliver on the promised health care, to end homelessness for vets, etc. etc.?

As a vet, I agree I want my country to improve. After 11 years active duty and 22 years reserve duty, I have lived and worked in the USA, Europe, and SW Asia. There is no nation in this world that offers more rights, freedom, and opportunity than the United States. We're imperfect, but we're way ahead of whoever is in second place.

AS far as VA health care goes, it is the nation's largest healthcare system. It belongs solely to the federal government; neither party has been able to change the instutionalized lethargy of the VA, even the current president who was particularly strident about the VA BEFORE he was elected. It is time to drain that putrid swamp and put in place a system that really DOES take care of our disabled vets. But since that would be an admission that the federal government is too incompetent to run a health care system, our disabled vets will continue to suffer and die due to governmental neglect. A pox on both political parties for this! >:(

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