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Your Turn / Re: Pelosi barred from taking communion
« on: May 20, 2022, 09:12:04 PM »
Catechism Of The Catholic Church, 1994.

Abortion:  2271..."Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral
evil of every procured abortion.  This teaching has not changed and remains
unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end
or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law. (5th Commandment)

2274..."Since it must be treated from conception as a person, the embryo
must be defended in its integrity, cared for. healed, as far as possible, like
any other human being."

In the article "The Death and Life of Italian Families"

1975.....New Family Law: abolished marital authority, suppressed the duty of
children to honor their parents, abolished adultery as grounds for separation.
1978.....Abortion became legal
2009.....Liberalization of RU 486 Abortion pill
2015.....Liberalization of the morning after pill for abortion
2016.....Homosexual unions became legal
2017.....Quick divorce became legal

Currently the Italian government is debating a law which would give legal protection
to gender identity even if not corresponding to biological sexual identity as the person
completes the transition.

Your Turn / Re: Prayer service for Concordia University-Wisconsin
« on: May 20, 2022, 10:08:48 AM »
Rev. Dr. Jamison Hardy is one of the three finalists:

He got his BA from Concordia University Wisconsin in 1996.
and his MDiv from Concordia Seminary, Ft. Wayne.  In 2021
he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from CUW.
Since 2015 he has been President of the LCMS English District
as well as a parish pastor in Michigan.

Dr. Erik Ankerberg is one of the three finalists"
He is currently the Provost at Concordia University Chicago

Your Turn / Re: Prayer service for Concordia University-Wisconsin
« on: May 20, 2022, 09:32:16 AM »
One of the three finalists is Rev. Dr. Charles Gieschen.
He has been a member of the faculty at Concordia Seminary, Ft. Wayne
since 1996.  He is a professor of Exegetical Theology and Academic Dean.
He is a graduate of Concordia Seminary, Ft. Wayne and got his Ph.D
from the University of Michigan.

Your Turn / Re: Prayer service for Concordia University-Wisconsin
« on: May 18, 2022, 08:59:28 PM »
Progressives now use equity as a buzz word to mean redistribution
of social and economic goods.  It focuses on subjective assessment
of advantages and disadvantages with demographic data.

For example President Biden's Domestic Policy Council  is charged
with ensuring racial equity in everything it does.  Equity does not
mean the same thing as equality.  Equity is about redistribution of

The decline in enrollment for the past 20 years:

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 44% drop in full time students
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, 34% drop in full time students
Fuller Theological Seminary, 48% drop in full time students.

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School had 872 students in 2002 and
in 2022, they have 491 students.  It is in suburban Chicago at
Deerfield, Illinois.

Your Turn / Re: Prayer service for Concordia University-Wisconsin
« on: May 17, 2022, 11:01:20 AM »
The 2022 Recipient of the Christo et Ecclesiae Award graduated from
Concordia High School, Milwaukee in 1963.  He received a Bachelor
of Arts degree from Wisconsin University-Milwaukee in 1967. and then
received his J.D. degree from Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee.

I am guessing that he was a "swift" when he attended high school at
Concordia.  This means that he lived at home in Milwaukee instead of
a dormitory on campus.  Some of those "swifts" never really participated
in the co-curricular activities on campus and were never well-known
outside of the classroom. 

Your Turn / Re: Prayer service for Concordia University-Wisconsin
« on: May 16, 2022, 06:20:09 PM »
Interim President, Dr. William Cario in his message for the Spring/Summer
Issue of the magazine "Hearts Together" comments on the increasingly
diverse population of students at Concordia University Wisconsin:

"Only 31% of CUW's total student population is Lutheran and 18% of our
total student population is a race or ethnicity other than white."

He comments on how hard the staff and faculty of CUW works to ensure
that all students are welcomed and supported on campus as they pursue
their educational goals through a distinctively Christ-centered lens.

Your Turn / Re: Prayer service for Concordia University-Wisconsin
« on: May 15, 2022, 07:53:51 PM »
For many decades Concordia University Wisconsin and its original
Concordia Junior College Milwaukee have been the top feeder to
our 2 LCMS seminaries.  Students who want to be church workers
as teachers or pastors are now rare indeed.  Yet CUW is still our
best provider of these dedicated students in the 21st century.

If by-laws have been broken in the search for a new CUW President,
then that situation needs to be rectified.  If members of the Board of
Regents have not acted in good faith, then they should humbly resign.
Concordia University Wisconsin deserves to get back on track as soon
as possible.  LCMS President Matt Harrison has acted in good faith.

Your Turn / Re: Calls For Pastoral Candidates at 2 LCMS Sems
« on: May 07, 2022, 11:42:53 AM »
The 2020 United States census reported that 83% of U.S. citizens
live in cities.  Cities are defined as urban settings with over 100,000
people.  The LCMS still has a great number of rural parishes in the
21st century.  Until recent times our rural parishes provided a majority
of first calls for seminary candidates.

As rural parishes continue to shrink in membership and financial resources,
the LCMS needs to be more active in urban settings where most people live.

                               What Makes Us Human?

It is not our mind, but our HEART.  It is not our ability to think, but our ability to LOVE.

This is a quote from Henri Nouwen, a Roman Catholic Theologian

Your Turn / Re: The Top Ten Jew-Hating Colleges and Universities
« on: May 04, 2022, 09:05:48 PM »
The Bad News:  Three Big Ten Conference universities made the list.

The Good News: Being on this list will not hurt Rutgers, Michigan or
Minnesota in recruitment for their football team or men's basketball team.

 Bottom Line: In several universities there was at least one professor who
had a reputation for his hatred of the Jews.


Your Turn / Re: Gender Non-Conformity - Your Responses
« on: May 03, 2022, 01:49:39 PM »
Psalm 139 reminds us that God created us and gave us our gender.

"For you formed my inward parts, you knitted me together in my
mother's womb.  I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully
made.  Wonderful are your works, my soul knows it very well."

Your Turn / Re: LCMS Anniversary
« on: April 29, 2022, 05:20:41 PM »
@Pastor Don Engebretson.......Are you related or do you know
a Joel Engebretson?  He might have been a senior when I was
a junior at Concordia Senior College.

Your Turn / Re: Calls For Pastoral Candidates at 2 LCMS Sems
« on: April 28, 2022, 11:53:38 AM »
The Central Illinois District of the LCMS is a small District with
about 140 congregations. About 14 of these congregations are now
dual parishes. Several others have a part time pastor who also
serves part-time as a Lutheran Nursing Home chaplain or a state
prison chaplain.  Dual parishes are going to become more numerous
in the LCMS as small single parishes can no longer afford a full-time
resident pastor.  This is especially true in rural areas.

The other option for small parishes is to be served part-time by
retired pastors with no intention to issue a call for a full-time
pastor.  This is also an increasing trend in the LCMS.

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