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Messages - Michael Slusser

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Your Turn / Re: Lutheran ethnic origins
« on: November 26, 2020, 12:21:14 PM »
Professor Edmund Smits at Luther Seminary belonged to a Latvian congregation in Minneapolis.

There is a Slovak Synod in the ELCA, if I am not mistaken.

Peace,
Michael

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Your Turn / Re: Rev. Paul T. McCain, RIP
« on: November 26, 2020, 12:16:00 PM »
May he rest in peace.

Peace,
Michael

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Your Turn / Re: Rev. Jeff Walther, RIP
« on: November 26, 2020, 09:52:17 AM »
The passing of Reverend Walther was originally announced here.
Thanks. I missed that.
The Star-Tribune does not often favor an individual with a news obituary.

Peace,
Michael

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Your Turn / Rev. Jeff Walther, RIP
« on: November 26, 2020, 09:31:37 AM »
https://www.startribune.com/lutheran-pastor-who-combined-his-loves-of-ministry-and-nature-dies-of-covid-19-complications-at-age-58/573200431/
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The Rev. Jeff Walther was a man of God and a lover of nature — and for him, the two were inseparable.

Walther, of Esko, Minn., died Oct. 25 of COVID-19 complications at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth. He was 58.
Does anyone know if he was related to THE Walther?
A priest-friend of mine worked for years in Pastor Walther's National Parks program.

Happy Thanksgiving to all, and peace,
Michael

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Your Turn / Re: The Apocrypha/Deuterocanonical Books
« on: November 20, 2020, 10:03:12 AM »
Who agreed to exclude the Apocrypha?

Whoever decided that the OT could include only books which were translated from the Hebrew.

Peace,
Michael

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Your Turn / Re: Coronavirus news
« on: November 16, 2020, 09:30:00 AM »
Also confusing:

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The new coronavirus was circulating in Italy in September 2019, a study by the National Cancer Institute (INT) of the Italian city of Milan shows, signaling that it might have spread beyond China earlier than thought.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-italy-timing/coronavirus-emerged-in-italy-earlier-than-thought-italian-study-shows-idUSKBN27V0KF

Peace,
Michael

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Your Turn / Re: Pope Backs Same-Sex Civil Unions
« on: November 08, 2020, 09:31:24 AM »
Sorry if this has already been posted (I've been "away"); it contains what I think is an accurate interpretation of the often quoted words of Pope Francis:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/10/24/what-does-pope-francis-believe-about-same-sex-love/

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In context, especially listening to the rest of the clip, it seems the pope is discussing gay people’s family of origin, rebuking parents who reject their gay children.
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And many Catholic priests and other leaders still assume that gay people’s biggest spiritual problem is lust, when in my experience the most common and deadly spiritual problem for gay Christians is despair.
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Alongside some heterosexual Christians, we are rediscovering forms of non-sexual love. Anything the pope says on this topic is of great importance to us, and it’s especially important to understand it in context.

Peace,
Michael

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Your Turn / Rev. Dr. David Schmiel, RIP
« on: November 08, 2020, 09:18:16 AM »
Last week a former President of Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne was taken home to the Lord:
https://www.startribune.com/obituaries/detail/0000373495/?fullname=dr-reverend-david-g-schmiel

Peace,
Michael

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Your Turn / Re: The Forum is a success!
« on: September 26, 2020, 05:16:05 PM »
There was a time (not too long ago) when there were positive discussions on this Forum, Lutherans trying to be better Lutherans (and Christians, and Americans, and simply human beings). Having had a lot to do with Lutherans and liked the experience, I started participating in about 2008. I have appreciated the welcome, including by Lutherman who thought I might be the kind of person with whom he might share a Lutheran adult beverage.

It hasn't been like that for several months. Contact me when the constructive discussions return; links are beside my name.

Peace,
Michael

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Your Turn / Re: Youth Catechesis Question
« on: September 16, 2020, 06:40:31 PM »
I was a fulltime parish pastor for 22 years and a half-time pastor for 3 years.
And I spent 17 years on staffs of newspapers and news services.
Since college, I have written freelance articles for a variety of newspapers, magazines, and news services.
For 11 years, I was on the staff of the Lutheran Council in the USA, the Lutheran World Federation in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Lutheran Church in America, as director of news the three years prior to the ELCA merger.
Anytime I was in staff or secular work, I was attached to a parish as an "affiliated" pastor, meaning that I preached, celebrated, taught, served on committees and provided pastoral care as needed in that parish. In retirement, my pastorates were as an interim, either in a troubled parish or a parish where a long-term pastor had retired or died.
Many people in this small forum know this already.
Some people have recently arrived or may simply be following their prejudices.

Peace,
Michael

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Your Turn / Re: Poll: Change of doctors or insurance
« on: September 16, 2020, 02:37:07 PM »
The person setting up the poll chooses the display from a short menu:
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Poll Options
Maximum votes per user: 1 (or more--specify)
Run the poll for: ___   days  (Leave blank for no limit.)
Allow users to change vote: (yes/no)
Result visibility:  Show the poll's results to anyone.
 Only show the results after someone has voted.
 Only show the results after the poll has expired.

Peace,
Michael

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Your Turn / Re: Coronavirus news
« on: September 15, 2020, 03:04:49 PM »
As we plan for schooling in person, we might take encouragement from past experience:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/09/14/open-air-schools-outdoor-coronavirus/
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In 1913, Providence finally opened a second open-air school. That number reached 11 in 1926, and these special facilities would serve the city for another 31 years. By that time, the concept of an open-air classroom had spread to more than 150 American cities, aiding both the minds and bodies of thousands of students.

But advancements in antibiotics in the 1940s allowed doctors to treat tuberculosis with drugs instead of fresh air. As children’s health improved, the need for open-air classrooms in Providence became less urgent. Spanning five decades, the city’s grand experiment with open-air learning came to an end in 1957, when the program’s few remaining classrooms were closed.
The epidemic in question was tuberculosis.

Peace,
Michael

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Your Turn / Re: Election 2020
« on: September 14, 2020, 08:38:01 PM »
I am hoping that B Hughes will choose to simply ignore anything I post and spare all of us the self-important arrogance and paroxysms of overstatement that tootle through his postings.
From the Mayo Clinic;
   Can face masks help slow the spread of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that causes COVID-19?
   Yes, face masks combined with other preventive measures, such as frequent hand-washing and social distancing, help slow the spread of the virus.
   So why weren't face masks recommended at the start of the pandemic?
   At that time, experts didn't know the extent to which people with COVID-19 could spread the virus before symptoms appeared. Nor was it known that some people have COVID-19 but don't have any symptoms. Both groups can unknowingly spread the virus to others.
   These discoveries led public health groups to do an about-face on face masks. The World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now include face masks in their recommendations for slowing the spread of the virus. The CDC recommends cloth face masks for the public and not the surgical and N95 masks needed by health care providers.
I like that phrase, an about-face on face masks:D

Peace,
Michael

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Your Turn / Re: Election 2020
« on: September 14, 2020, 08:07:42 PM »
There could be close to a dozen.

Peace, JOHN

  That seems to be right around the actual number of regular users ...
Nah, less than 50%. Don't project too much, Pr. Hughes.

Peace,
Michael

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Your Turn / Re: Election 2020
« on: September 14, 2020, 08:04:17 PM »
There could be close to a dozen.

Peace, JOHN
Not including you and me, eh, Pr. Hannah?  :D

Peace,
Michael

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