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Your Turn / Re: Women Lectors
« on: January 24, 2022, 04:32:45 PM »
Dr. Martin Luth#r maintains it is not ordination that mak#s an individual
spiritual, it is Holy Baptism and faith in Christ.  Luth#r says that in Baptism
all Christians participat# in a spiritual pri#sthood. (1 P#t#r 2:9) 

Bottom Lin#......Fath#r Sluss#r has right thinking on this Baptismal
foundation for spirituality.

Your Turn / Re: Neglect, mental health, and resignation
« on: January 22, 2022, 11:42:00 AM »
 Priority In Our Callings in this world:

1. Christian.....this tops our list from our Holy Baptism & our faith in Christ

2. Husband.....this is life long commitment to our Christian wife

3. Dad...........this is responsibility to bring up our children in Christ

4. Pastor........this is a calling from our Lord, but 4th in priority


Your Turn / Re: Lutheran Architecture
« on: January 21, 2022, 04:27:22 PM »
In our suburban parish in Illinois, I saw our post 65 yr olds go to Florida, Arizona
and T#xas for 4 to 6 months a yr.  It was January through April or Nov. through April.
Folks had housing in both Illinois and a warm stat# to avoid Wint#r.  This action by
rich, post 65 yr old folks was always popular.  What was significant is that Snow Birds
mail#d monthly off#rings back to our Illinois parish whil# going to a warm LCMS church
for 4 to 6 months.

Your Turn / Re: Lutheran Architecture
« on: January 21, 2022, 01:03:35 PM »
On a Sunday in July of 1980, I was passing through Iowa City, Iowa.
I saw a LCMS church and got out to worship. I said that I want to go
to Holy Communion.  I was told I must b# LCMS. I said that I was an
LCMS pastor.  I was told I had to hav# ID to prov# it.  I said  look up
my nam# up in LCMS Luth. Annual.   In about 5 min. I was told.......
I was OK to go to Holy Communion. 

Your Turn / Re: Political/cultural/religious division
« on: January 19, 2022, 01:03:42 PM »
President Dwight Eisenhower was a man of faith and prayer during his lifetime.

At his first inauguration he was the only President to open with a prayer that
he himself had written.  Ike opened all his cabinet meetings with prayer.

In 1953, Ike helped start a tradition which has been observed by every President
since....National Prayer Breakfast.

In 1954, He signed a law adding "under God" to Pledge of Allegiance.

In 1956, He signed a law declaring "In God We Trust" as our national motto.
It was also put on our coins and paper currency.

Your Turn / Re: Political/cultural/religious division
« on: January 19, 2022, 11:05:03 AM »
In 1970's Jimmy Carter was President:
He was a Baptist Sunday School Teacher and was known for his moral character.
After his Presidency, he became a hard working carpenter for Habitat For Humanity.

  In 2000's George W. Bush was President:
He credited Rev. Billy Graham for directing him to Christ and was known for his
compassionate conservatism. Bush joined his wife's Methodist church.

Like every President, both of these men got much criticism for their policies.
However, both of them were humble Christians and good examples to others.
Our nation will always have need of  Christians in political arena.

Your Turn / Re: Is (one) Christian teaching becoming illegal?
« on: January 17, 2022, 10:42:02 AM »
In his Farewell Address, President George Washington stated:

Religion and morality are indispensable supports for our Republic.
They support the necessary moral health of a democracy. The
survival of the Republic depends upon strong moral habits.

Your Turn / Re: Lutheran Architecture
« on: January 15, 2022, 03:41:53 PM »
In June 1968, I was ordained on Trinity Sunday in my home parish where
I had been baptized and confirmed.  The Ordination took place in the 10:30 AM
Service.  I consecrated the elements for Holy Communion in that Service and I
gave the bread to the communicants from the paten & senior pastor gave the wine
from a chalice.

Your Turn / Re: Lutheran Architecture
« on: January 15, 2022, 10:00:10 AM »
Contemporary Lutheran Architecture has made the Altar the focal point
of the chancel.  It is free-standing and not backed up against a wall.
The main item on the Altar will be the communion ware for the Sacrament
of the Altar. There are also two thick candle sticks which flank the
communion ware.  Nothing should block the Altar from the sight line of
those sitting in the pews.  This is achieved by having steps leading up
to the Altar.

Your Turn / Re: Political/cultural/religious division
« on: January 14, 2022, 02:52:08 PM »
In my lifetime there have been 4 Vice Presidents who eventually
ran for President and won a seat in the Oval Office.

Eisenhower's......Richard Nixon
John Kennedy's.. Lyndon Johnson
Ronald Reagan's. George H.W. Bush
Barack Obama's ..Joe Biden

Perhaps we have forgotten that George Washington's VP John Adams
became our 2nd President.   Then John Adams' VP Thomas Jefferson
became our 3rd President.  Tremendously talented men got our nation started.

Your Turn / Re: Arch books/lectionary help
« on: January 13, 2022, 04:40:57 PM »
There is a national chain restaurant called " Wise Guys Pizza and Pub".
This might be a good place to meet after the Epiphany event of Pastor
Ed in Ohio.  These restaurants in Iowa, Illinois, Pennsylvania are ones
our family has enjoyed.

Your Turn / Re: Coronavirus news
« on: January 12, 2022, 10:34:24 AM »
Dr. Fauci has become the poster boy for the SWAG method in dealing
with Covid 19 and its variants. The SWAG method is Scientific Wild Ass Guess.
Our nation still does not have any trusted "Experts"  who can deal with the
pandemic of Covid 19.  Vaccines, Masks, Lockdowns  are various ways of
dealing with it.  Yet Dr. Fauci has flip-flopped on Masks and Lockdowns.

Your Turn / Re: Political/cultural/religious division
« on: January 09, 2022, 12:50:29 PM »
Photo ID's for American Voters is long overdue.  It would eliminate
some of the non certified voting taking place today. Those who vote
by mail  rather than in person are still problematic.  You would think
that the U.S. Congress and the 50 state governments could solve this
goal of honest elections.

Your Turn / Re: Seminex Profs
« on: January 08, 2022, 03:53:21 PM »
Dr. F. Dean Lueking served served Grace Lutheran, River Forest
from 1954 to 1977 as an LCMS pastor.  From 1978 to 1998 he
served Grace as an ELCA pastor.  Rev. Bruce Modahl, a Seminex
graduate, followed Lueking as Senior Pastor from 1998-2014.

Your Turn / Re: Seminex Profs
« on: January 08, 2022, 10:03:59 AM »
@ Brian Stoffregen.....There were about 185 members in my 1968 class at
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.  I did not know Jerome Meyer personally and
cannot remember him being in any of my  classes.

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