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Your Turn / Re: Seminex Profs
« on: January 07, 2022, 02:10:17 PM »
"Sitting at the feet of" a certain professor was not in my vocabulary
as a 1968 graduate of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.  We respected
our professors but none of them were held in awe.  At least 95% of
our class had gone through a Concordia Jr. College and Sr. College
at Ft. Wayne. Perhaps close to 60% had gone to a Synodical High
School on the campus of a Junior College.  Many had also attended
a Lutheran elementary school for 8 years.

Our classrooms at the Seminary invited dialog with the professors
and many of them shared their personal challenges as theologians.
Most of the professors were available for after the class gabfests
if time allowed it.  I always sensed a partnership that they wanted
us to become effective and healthy pastors in the parish.

Your Turn / Re: Seminex Profs
« on: January 05, 2022, 10:29:34 AM »
To follow up on Pastor Speckhard's question......

Of the 4 Departments of Theology at St. Louis Seminary & Seminex,
the Historical Theology Dept. and the Practical Theology Dept. were
 not controversial.   There were probably some differences between them
in the Exegetical Theology Dept. and the Systematic Theology Dept.

Alfred Von Rohr Sauer and Norman Habel at Seminex  were not restricted
in their personal interpretation of various parts of the Old Testament when
at Seminex.  I had both of them as professors at Concordia Seminary St.


Your Turn / Re: What the heck is Jan. 1 anyway?
« on: January 03, 2022, 06:14:18 PM »
Young folks think about living forever.

Middle Age people think their life is half over.

Old folks think about moving to Florida.

Moses said:  "O Lord, teach us to number our DAYS
that we might gain a heart of wisdom"  Psalm 90:12

Your Turn / Re: What the heck is Jan. 1 anyway?
« on: January 03, 2022, 10:01:30 AM »
On my vicarage at Trinity Lutheran Church, Fergus Falls, Minnesota
I preached the sermon on Transfiguration Sunday.  It also happened
to be the First Super Bowl Sunday for the NFL.  Little did we realize
that Super Bowl Sunday would eventually become one of the biggest
days in our American culture. Football fans across the nation would
be glued to their TV to watch the game and many hosted Super Bowl
parties with delicious food.

Bottom Line: Transfiguration Sunday has never achieved a status as
high as Super Bowl Sunday in the minds of our American public.

Your Turn / Re: Seminex Profs
« on: January 02, 2022, 12:31:32 PM »
It is important to understand what precedes our seminary training.
If we attended a Lutheran University with pre-seminary courses,
then we will have a better foundation as we enter the seminary.
Four years of pre-sem courses can make a big impact on readiness
for the seminary.  However, although this might be the preferred way,
it is not the only way.

Your Turn / Re: Seminex Profs
« on: January 01, 2022, 10:44:10 PM »
Ralph Klein has left a Paper Trail of his advocacy of Homosexuality.
He wrote many articles in favor of it and was the guiding light for
the ELCA Social Statements on the belief in homosexual marriage
for clergy.

Klein believed that the Bible's contention that practicing homosexuals
were involved in "unnatural acts" could be time bound.  That the Biblical
condemnation of it no longer applied to our modern culture. He saw
Scripture as a guide but not an authority for Christian behavior.

Your Turn / Re: Seminex Profs
« on: December 31, 2021, 11:30:30 AM »
Yes, the pastor is "The Theologian In Residence" in his parish.
As pastor of a suburban congregation for 35 years, the over-
whelming majority of adult members were college graduates.
Many had a Masters degree and some even had a Ph.D.  My
point is that the pastor is expected to have a theological
knowledge which continues to grow through continuing education
and the purchase of books on theology

It is not only relevant sermons which are important to parish
members but also meaningful Bible classes taught on Sunday
mornings and during the week.  The Lord blessed me with the
desire to be a continual learner throughout my years in pastoral
ministry. Teaching Adult Bible Classes, Adult Instruction Classes
and Youth Confirmation Classes were opportunities to share
Christ as the most important person in their life.

Your Turn / Re: Seminex Profs
« on: December 30, 2021, 11:36:01 AM »
During my years at St. Louis (1968 Grad) Robert Bertram taught Church History,
Our Dogmatics and Book of Concord classes were taught by Piepkorn, Robert
Preus, Ralph Bohlmann, and Klann.   Edward Schroeder was not even on the
faculty.   The Law/Gospel dynamic was taught in Homiletics and George Hoyer
was my professor for all those classes. 

Bottom Line: My 1968 Class was the last one to have their Diploma signed by
President Alfred O. Fuerbringer.  After our class graduated, all the fireworks began.

Your Turn / Re: ELCA Transgender Bishop in the News
« on: December 29, 2021, 03:45:00 PM »
RDPreus has 71 grandchildren.......The current Guinness Book of Records has
Hans and Josie Shaffer of the United Kingdom with 99 grandchildren.  However
when you break it down it comes to 56 grandchildren and 43 great grandchildren.

Bottom Line:  RD Preus has possibly become the record holder for grandchildren
without counting great grandchildren.  This should be listed in the next issue of
The Lutheran Witness.   

Your Turn / Re: Pastor Peter Marty's Quote On Pastoral Ministry
« on: December 29, 2021, 12:23:25 PM »
I have relatives who belong to St Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport, Iowa.
They speak highly of Pastor Peter Marty and his ability to communicate in
his sermons.  They feel that he is speaking directly to them with his message.
His warm heart translates into a pastoral concern for everyone in the pews.

Your Turn / Re: Pastor Peter Marty's Quote On Pastoral Ministry
« on: December 29, 2021, 08:58:21 AM »
A parish pastor will want human dialog that is genuinely
engaged with his people. To encounter them with real
conversation on what is important will impact both of you.
To bond with them emotionally and intellectually is important
The pastor is the shepherd of their soul and focuses on
the difference Christ makes in their daily life..

Your Turn / Pastor Peter Marty's Quote On Pastoral Ministry
« on: December 28, 2021, 03:13:41 PM »
 Rev. Peter Marty is pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport, Iowa.
This 3,500 member parish has a dynamic impact on its community. In
a recent issue of Christian Century magazine, he made the following quote:

"A sermon is only as good as a preacher's last pastoral call"

He states that the joy of connecting with parish members brings tremendous
depth and perspective to the pastor's life.  His point is that when a pastor
visits in the home of parish members he gets a more realistic picture of
what their daily life is all about.

Obviously, Covid 19 has put an obstacle in the home visits of parish pastors.
However, Pastor Marty has a valid point that sermons will be more effective
if the pastor actually knows what is going on in his parish.

Your Turn / Re: Are We Wrong about Each Other?
« on: December 28, 2021, 02:53:08 PM »
Prof. Bertram taught my Church History class at St. Louis
with disputations.   It had a pro/con dynamic on various
topics.  This was a teaching tool from his Valpo days. 

Your Turn / Re: Vesting
« on: December 27, 2021, 11:15:57 AM »
When it comes to proclamation of the Gospel.....the message is more
important than the messenger.  Pastors must not allow their clothing
to draw attention away from Good Tidings of Christ.  A $1000 business
suit with a gaudy necktie can detract from the message.  The same can
apply to a $1000 gaudy, liturgical gown.

Your Turn / Re: Vesting
« on: December 24, 2021, 02:01:10 PM »
In Revelation 4:4 "Around the thrones were 24 Elders
clothed in white garments."  The Apostle John saw this
is his vision of heaven.

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