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Your Turn / Re: Jews and God(s)?
« on: Yesterday at 09:59:25 AM »
Marriage Counseling 101:

A CONSTRUCTIVE Argument is when you focus on the issues
and attempt to speak the truth in love.

A DESTRUCTIVE Argument is when you focus on your spouse
and resort to name calling and make personal attacks.

This basic premise also applies to this alpb forum.  In Christian love
we will focus on the issues and not resort to personal attacks.

Your Turn / Re: Jews and God(s)?
« on: March 25, 2023, 04:35:02 PM »
Genesis 1:26 has been traditionally acknowledged by Christians
as a reference to the Triune God.  "Let US make" refers to God the
Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  From Job 33:4 we
know the Holy Spirit was at work in Creation and from Colossians
1:15,16 we know that Christ, the Son of God was at work during
Creation.  Again this is what we teach our 7th and 8th graders in
youth confirmation classes.

Your Turn / Re: Golf: A Thread for Linksters
« on: March 25, 2023, 03:07:06 PM »
I play golf in the eighties.  If the temperature is any hotter,
I won't play.

You are correct Pastor Kirchner.  Most Unitarians believe in God the Father,
but they reject the Son of God and the Holy Spirit.  Christianity believes
in the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Therefore Unitarians are
not Christians.  My youth confirmation classes could understand why
Unitarians are not Christians. Why do some on this forum have difficulty?

John Adams, the 2nd U.S. President was a Unitarian. He believed Christ was
a good man/human being, but not the Son of God.  He rejected the idea of a
blessed Trinity as a sheer mystical gimmick.

William Taft, the 17th U.S. President was a Unitarian.  He believed in God, but
not in the divinity of Christ.  He believed that one of the purposes of religion
was to deter socialism and anarchy.

Even our 7th and 8th graders in Lutheran Confirmation classes
know belief in the Triune God is the distinguishing mark of Christianity.
The doctrine of the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) is rejected
by Jews, Mormons, Unitarians, and Jehovah Witnesses.

During the 1960's I had five cousins graduate from Valpo as well as
three close friends.  Then in the year 2000, I was honored as a pastor
to conduct a wedding in the Chapel of the Resurrection at Valpo.  One
of my parish members was the groom. He and his bride-to-be had
asked to me to officiate at their Saturday evening wedding on Memorial
Day weekend. They were both graduates of Valpo.

The beauty of the Chapel of the Resurrection cannot be overstated. It
is very dignified and impressive. The three glass stained windows which
surround the altar in the chancel highlight with vivid colors and symbols
the Creation, Redemption, and Sanctification of God.

Your Turn / Re: Historic Lutheran Music
« on: March 18, 2023, 05:35:24 PM »
I graduated from Trinity Lutheran School in Davenport, Iowa.
The one hymn that captured my heart during those eight years
was the Swedish hymn "Children Of The Heavenly Father"

My heritage is Norwegian and I am grateful to the Swedes for
giving me this wonderful hymn in my youth.

My wife and I visited James Madison's Montpelier mansion
on a Sunday afternoon in July of 2001.  This was before the
"Woke" takeover.  We enjoyed walking through the mansion
and talking with the tour guide.  There was acknowledgement
that Madison was  a key component in the founding of our

I would recommend a recent book "James Madison: A Life
Reconsidered" by Lynne Cheney, wife of former Vice President.
It was published in 2014 by Viking Press.  She  highlights the
political philosophy and intellectual leadership of James Madison.

Pastor Speckhard mentioned his recent trip to Fort Wayne Seminary Chapel
and the Chapel at Valpo.

The Fort Wayne Seminary Chapel was dedicated in 1956 and has a seating
capacity of 575.  The Valpo Chapel was dedicated in 1959 and has seating
capacity of 2,000.  Enrollment at both of these places is in a down cycle and
so their chapels are not filled to capacity for worship. Enrollment is also down
at the St. Louis Seminary.  Their chapel was dedicated in 1992 and has a
seating capacity of 1,000 and is not filled for worship on a daily basis.

All three of these campuses have a chapel which is the focal point of their campus.
Sadly, their declining enrollment seems to make seating capacity a moot point.

Your Turn / Re: truth = what we believe is true from our perspective
« on: March 14, 2023, 06:33:50 PM »
Most Americans have refrigerators powered by electricity today.

Some Amish have Swedish made refrigerators powered by kerosene today.

Amish people have chosen to live a simple lifestyle without modern
conveniences even in the 21st century.  From their perspective this
is the best way for them to live their daily lives.

Same-sex marriage is contrary to God's institution of marriage
as a life-long union between a man and a woman.  Please read
God's will for marriage in Holy Scripture: Genesis 2:24, Mark 10:
6-9, Romans 1:24,26-28, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

Your Turn / Re: Lutheran Levity
« on: March 12, 2023, 01:10:29 PM »
Adam did not have the marriage problems husbands might have  today.

Adam did not have to listen to Eve talking about the man she
could have married.

Adam is the only husband who never had a mother-in-law with the tension
that might complicate a marriage.

There was a time, 40 to 50 years ago, when Valpo attracted
students who wanted an engineering degree.  Corporations
like General Motors and Caterpillar Inc. recruited Valpo grads.
They liked the strong moral character of these graduates.
Valpo was also known for placing 90% of their grads in their
first job in those days.

Valpo really squandered its relationship with the LCMS families when
it stopped having LCMS members as President. History is going to show
that was a mistake and now they are reaping the results.  LCMS parishes
sent students and financial aid to Valpo and that obviously has slowed
down immensely since 2008.

The Mount Rushmore of 4 LCMS Presidents at Valpo

O.P. Kretzmann  1940-1968
Albert Huegli   1968-1978
Robert Schnabel 1978-1988
Alan Harre  1988-2008

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