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Your Turn / Re: St. Paul's Lutheran HS-- Concordia, MO
« on: September 26, 2022, 10:02:46 AM »
I am also a product of SPHS & Junior College (1960-66).  Yes, Norman Gienapp taught me Greek.  John Domsch for German.  Larry Grothaus for social studies, etc.

Since our classes were small (about 25) we literally grew up with our classmates.  It was our family in the best sense, and our tormentors in the worst sense.  In October my classes are having a small reunion in St. Louis on October 12.  I look forward to being with my classmates and enjoying a long fellowship in Jesus Christ. 

In 1960 when I arrived in Concordia, MO the town church, St. Paul, had Lenten services.  If you did not arrive about 15 minutes early, you probably were searching for a seat.  And the church seated about 800-900.  But now I would suppose it struggles as my generation is dying out. 

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Your Turn / Re: Community At the Crossing
« on: September 14, 2022, 02:47:26 PM »
The video is 63 minutes.  I watched the first 30 minutes and it is informative and interesting, with a nice description of the community they hope to bring together and its purpose.  Lutherans could certainly profit by modeling what they are doing. 

In a distant way for me, the Society of the Holy Trinity, has become my community in which I daily pray and worship.  While we only gather four times per year, it is the formation of a ministerium of pastors that is most important in supporting one another and calling one another to be accountable. 

Their target audience of young Christians I think is the proper target.  Formation experiences are so very important for young Christians.  Research shows that these experiences shape their whole life and Christian vocation.  I remember being dragged to daily chapel services in high school and college, and now I see their importance in forming me.

Michael Koch

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Your Turn / Re: Interview with the Babylon Bee
« on: September 07, 2022, 08:41:15 PM »
When a congregation or a family has no laughter, no humor, then WATCH OUT.  There is hidden tension; hidden anxiety; hidden fear. 

A pastor interviewing at another congregation should take note and observe this carefully.

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St. Paul in Newcomerstown, OH left ELCA and joined NALC. 

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Your Turn / Re: Gender in schools
« on: August 12, 2022, 08:18:22 PM »
May I add that in Florida I believe the Governor has prohibited the State of FL from paying for Gender Identity Services, until the child is 16 years of age.  Sounds wise and VERY appropriate to me. 

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Your Turn / Re: Gender in schools
« on: August 12, 2022, 08:13:10 PM »
My granddaughter, 13, going into 8th grade in Florida, now calls herself "Rae" instead of her given baptismal name.  She is quite intelligent and attractive.  We are hoping and praying it is merely a middle school "phase."       

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Your Turn / Would a Good Samaritan kill someone?
« on: July 18, 2022, 11:57:14 AM »
Yesterday, Sunday, at an Indianapolis Mall, an evil person killed three people with a gun, shooting randomly.  Then a patron in the food court pulled out his gun (owned legally and lawfully) and shot the perpetrator dead.  Now there is reaction.  Some called the armed citizen, who stopped the evil person from killing more people, a good samaritan.  Others object saying a good samaritan would never kill any one. 

I have thought about myself and what I would do, if say, a shooter shot at my family or friends, or congregation.  Would I leap on such a person and try to disarm them?  And in a wrestling match, who knows the outcome? 

Does killing an evil person who intends to do further bodily harm to other persons, make that person a good samaritan?  Am I trying to justify myself, as the lawyer in the story? 

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Your Turn / Re: Climate, gender, and immigration
« on: March 29, 2022, 07:15:15 PM »
In my experience people in the pew do not want to hear the ELCA liberal progressive gibberish.  You lost them after two sentences.

But when you ask your congregation to sponsor a Ukrainian family, they will be very compassionate and jump forward to help and do their part.  When we asked for  support for the Spiritual Orphans Network, which has been supporting Lutheran congregations in Ukraine for 10+ years, the congregation was eager to offer real money, which translated into support for these congregations. 

Mike Koch

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Your Turn / Re: Seminex in Print
« on: December 20, 2021, 03:18:12 PM »
About 50 congregations have applied to join the NALC at this time.  Some are ELCA, LCMC, and very other bodies or independent congregations.  The attitude of ELCA bishops varies widely.  Some bishops have employed very heavy-handed measures including legal actions.  Some bishops simply bid the leaving congregations God's peace. 


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Your Turn / Re: Political/cultural/religious division
« on: December 10, 2021, 04:23:12 PM »
A 37 year old divorced man came to me and sought to find a new wife.  He would keep meeting woman who had no faith, no values, etc.  I told him that I was glad he was discerning about any future wife.  He wants to sit in worship each week with his wife.  He seeks a monogamous chaste marriage.  He described other qualities which attracted him or repulsed him.  I tried to help him think about his personality type and why he was attracted to his first wife, as well as other specific women he knew.

If I could find suitable partners for men seeking good marriages, I would soon have a full church and be considered a miracle worker........

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Your Turn / No Bail America
« on: November 30, 2021, 07:08:15 PM »
I keep reading reports from California about smash and grab raids on stores.  Second, the railroads have containers and truck trailers broken into all over southern California.  The tracks are literally littered with boxes and stuff.  In Ohio where I live, they are seeking to have no bail for many felonies, claiming that poor people are locked up for months before trial. 

Is No Bail the problem?  Is reduced police forces the problem?  Or soft-hearted judges? 

We all seek a lawful society where we obey the laws because we know that is the best thing for our community.  First use of the Law is important and vital for our society to function. 

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Your Turn / Re: The Ethics of General Milley
« on: September 16, 2021, 12:39:01 PM »
Amen, Pastor Pase.

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Your Turn / Re: Once again, in loco parentis
« on: September 03, 2021, 05:36:20 PM »
Some parents will have to sue some "school" district and have the court declare their right as parents to define the gender of their child. 

It is amazing that I can even comprehend and write such things.  Just ten years ago, who would have thought that such thinking was even possible.  Such thinking says to the Creator God - the Father - that we are in charge, not you, dear Father.  Idolatry in big letters. 

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Your Turn / Re: Evangelical Catholicism
« on: January 30, 2021, 07:10:35 PM »
Very good leadership on your part, David.  I have been presenting FATS 4 volume set to newly ordained pastors over the past 15 years.  Almost to a person they have rejoiced and told me how important a gift it was, as they used it.

Now I am presenting FATS to lay people in the congregation who are ready to step up and grow their spiritual life.  I see they are hungry for daily spiritual nourishment and they often ask me, where to turn.  Also with COVID, more people are turning to our webpage, where we have daily devotions.  For six months we used FATS, and it was well-received. 

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Your Turn / Re: St. Peter's, Manhattan
« on: January 11, 2021, 01:22:40 PM »
Took my three kids to worship at St. Peter's on a Sunday in 1987.  They still talk about the worship service - the worship space and all in the middle of Manhattan. 

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