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Your Turn / Re: Another contribution to the endless controversy
« on: June 12, 2021, 05:15:43 PM »
In his preface to the Small Catechism, Martin Luther wrote:

"the common man, especially in the villages, knows practically nothing of Christian doctrine.
and many of the pastors are almost entirely incompetent and unable to teach."

Your Turn / Re: Religious Freedom Issues, Again
« on: June 12, 2021, 09:20:14 AM »
My post was to point out some of the abuses of the D. Min degree in the LCMS.
I have witnessed them as an unhealthy reality in our church body.

On the other hand, I am a firm believer in Continuing Education for Pastors.
A healthy parish will have a generous line item for this in their annual budget.
Both of our seminaries offer Continuing Education in a variety of ways and it
is a necessary component of a pastor who is growing spiritually and mentally.
I am thankful that my congregation offered me the opportunity each year
the time and the finances to get some excellent Continuing Education.

Your Turn / Re: Religious Freedom Issues, Again
« on: June 11, 2021, 10:11:59 PM »
The D.Min. degree is the most misused nomenclature in the LCMS.

In the parish it has been used to puff up the ego of the pastor who insists on being called Dr.
It has become a bargaining tool to increase the salary of  the pastor.
This degree has been used to get a position on the faculty at both of our seminaries.
Yes, the seminaries have appealed to the parish pastor to get a D Min. degree to increase his status.

Bottom Line:  The D.Min degree has become a cash cow for seminaries who need to make some money.

Your Turn / Re: Valpo mascot task force
« on: June 10, 2021, 07:24:35 PM »
Near the Valpo Campus is the Indiana Dunes State Park.  This includes a sandy beach off of Lake Michigan.
This place is also home to Dune Hawks as a type of Red Hawk.  Many  Valpo students would use the
Indiana Dunes as a place to go swimming and have a picnic. I was not a Valpo student, yet I have enjoyed
this sandy beach for recreation.

Your Turn / Re: Valpo mascot task force
« on: June 10, 2021, 06:24:18 PM »
The University of Iowa sports department chose Hawkeyes as their nickname many, many years ago.
Their mascot is Herky the Hawk.  Those of you who enjoy Big Ten Football & Basketball are acquainted
with the Iowa Hawkeyes. As far as Valpo is concerned I would vote for Beacons.

Your Turn / Re: New Podcast Episode on Herman John Otten
« on: June 10, 2021, 11:21:39 AM »
The saga of Herman Otten is one of defiance.  He was not certified by the Concordia Seminary
Faculty of St. Louis for Ordination.  He decided that he would accept a call to a congregation
in New Haven, Missouri and spent his entire ministry there.  As a heresy hunter he focused on
his former professors at the Seminary and tried to discredit their classroom teachings.

Your Turn / Re: Comments on Luther biography
« on: June 09, 2021, 03:06:38 PM »
Two books which deserve to be read for those who want insights into Luther:

The Theology of Martin Luther by Paul Althaus (Fortress Press)

Martin Luther's Theology (Its Historical and Systematic Development) by Bernhard Lohse  (Fortress Press)

Your Turn / Re: Coronavirus news
« on: June 06, 2021, 04:44:08 PM »
In the state of Illinois, we have 4 classifications for boys basketball high school  state tournament
and 8 classifications for boys football high school state tournament.

The Catholic high schools in Chicago and its suburbs are a force to be reckoned with.
They can recruit athletes from across their city boundaries.  They win their share of
state tournaments,  About every 5 years there is a petition to limit the Illinois high
school tournaments to public schools but it never passes.  However, recruitment is
also evident in the public high schools.  The most common ploy is to get the father of
the athlete a good job in their city and it works. 

Bottom Line:  Sports is the Toy Department of Life....... quote from Howard Cosell

Your Turn / Re: Another contribution to the endless controversy
« on: June 06, 2021, 01:30:38 PM »
In first century Jewish culture, women were usually treated as second class citizens and had
few rights that men enjoyed.  They were not suppose to learn from rabbis and were not to
be instructed in the Torah.  Women were seen as property in a Jewish patriarchal society.
In an ancient prayer the Jewish man gives thanks that God has not made him a Gentile,
slave or a woman.

In his public ministry Jesus elevated the status of women.  He had fellowship with them,
allowed them to support his ministry with money.  He allowed women to serve Him and
not remain as spectators.  However, the role of women did not include becoming apostles.
Of course they could share the Good News of Jesus with others without being an apostle.

Your Turn / Re: Coronavirus news
« on: June 05, 2021, 02:02:24 PM »
The public school system in many urban areas needs to have competition from Roman Catholic,
Lutheran, and other religious schools   Competition can also come from charter schools, and
home-schooled families. The voucher system in some states allows for parents to choose the
school their children will attend. Yes, competition is good  because it forces everyone to pursue
better educational standards.  Children should be able to get a first class education regardless
of their zip code.

Your Turn / Re: Another contribution to the endless controversy
« on: June 05, 2021, 10:27:19 AM »
Dr. Edgar V. McKnight was a New Testament Scholar who taught at Furman University
for 35 years.  He died in 2020 at the age of 89.

Your Turn / Re: Coronavirus news
« on: June 04, 2021, 05:31:46 PM »
As Bishop Benke muses about the next Mayor of New York City, we focus our attention
on the greatest Mayor that city ever had.....Fiorello LaGuardia.

Mayor LaGuardia served from 1934 to 1945 during the Great Depression and WWII.
His charismatic appeal allowed him to get things accomplished during his terms.
The adoring citizens of New York City called him: "The Little Flower".   He was 5' 2"
and always wore a fresh carnation in his lapel.

Your Turn / Re: New Podcast Episode on Herman John Otten
« on: June 04, 2021, 03:29:13 PM »
Dr. Lawrence Rast of Concordia Seminary,  Fort Wayne in an article he wrote in the CTQ Volume 24
listed Herman Otten as one of the key figures in the election of J.A.O. Preus in 1969 as LCMS President.

"Cameron Mackenzie Sr, Waldo Werning, Herman Otten, Karl Barth, and Ralph Bohlmann along with
laymen Fred Rutz, Chet Swanson, Larry Marquardt, and Glen Peglau"    These men were part of the
conservative movement that won the election of J.A.O Preus in 1969.

Your Turn / Re: Another contribution to the endless controversy
« on: June 02, 2021, 10:21:41 PM »
Martin Luther (1483-1546)
John Calvin....(1509-1564)

As a public service this modest forum offers the dates for the lives of Luther & Calvin
To quote historian Lewis W. Spitz, "From 1555 to his death in 1564, Calvin's presence
and influence in Geneva was great. He published his Institutes in their final Latin text
in 1559 and the final French edition in 1560."  .

Your Turn / Re: Another contribution to the endless controversy
« on: June 02, 2021, 04:07:35 PM »
Biblical authority is at the heart of the disagreements between the ELCA and LCMS.
Whether you are talking about women's ordination, homosexual marriages, or
practicing homosexual pastors who are married.......clearly, the ELCA has caved into
the culture and ignored Scriptures.

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