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Your Turn / NT Papyrus on e-Bay
« on: November 21, 2015, 09:58:50 AM »

Your Turn / Pope Francis-Absolution and Annulments
« on: September 09, 2015, 09:33:22 AM »
Pope Francis has made news by adjusting the rules.

1.  Absolution for the sin of abortion is no longer restricted to bishops. Priests may now grant that.

2.  Some applications for marriage annulment may now be adjudicated by bishops; not all will have to go all the way to the Vatican.

QUESTION: Once the dust settles on this news, will these two measures make a difference to those in the pews or on the streets?

Peace, JOHN

Your Turn / Augsburg at 485
« on: July 15, 2015, 08:09:53 PM »
Today the Augsburg Confession is 485 years and 20 days old.  Pastor Mathew Becker has been expelled this day.

A fragment (LCMS) of the Church of the Augsburg Confession further dilutes the confession made 485 years ago in a plot that deliberately ignores the foundational confession. Those confessors and we, their descendants, are again diminished.

Tragic indeed!  There may be no 500th remembrance of the Augustana in 2030.   :( >:( :( >:(

Peace, JOHN

Your Turn / Congratulations, Pastor Richard Johnson!
« on: May 03, 2015, 08:34:12 AM »
Join me, please, in congratulating Pr. Richard Johnson. Once again, the Associated Church Press has given Forum Letter its first place award.

As you should know, Forum Letter is the sponsor of this ALPB Forum Online. You should also be a subscriber because it is an excellent newsletter, in fact the best of its class. Don't be left in the dark; stay abreast of the latest about the Lutherans.

Richard, as well as Peter, continue that tradition of excellence established by Richard John Neuhaus.  BRAVO!!!

Peace, JOHN
ALPB Board President

Your Turn / Donors Invited
« on: December 17, 2014, 09:13:30 AM »
The ALPB Historian, Richard Johnson, tells me that the ALPB has sought special Christmas donations every year almost from the beginning in 1914. It is an ancient tradition. :) All those of you who subscribe to the Forum Package have already received a letter from me reminding you that we need your help to keep this enterprise going. I thank you for your continuing generosity. Every year we receive more than before. Our Treasurer, Dr. Dorothy Zelenko, always reminds me that your loyalty is the envy of any publisher.

This appeal is directed to those of you who do not subscribe but enjoy the free service we provide with "ALPB Forum Online." Here is something you could do with a few dollars you now save on gasoline. Join that tradition now. Simply send your check to:

PO Box 327
Delhi, NY 13753-0327

You might consider subscribing at only $6.00 for a full year. Many of your internet friends have published articles this past year. Kim Schave (Winter LF), Matthew Stanek (Spring LF), Peter Garrison (Dec. & Mar. FL), Russell Salzman (Sep. FL), Daniel Fienen (Aug. FL), and Mark Birkholz (Feb. FL). Of course, each issue of Forum Letter comes with wisdom from the moderator team of Johnson and Speckhard,

Thank you in advance for considering a contribution.

Peace, JOHN

Your Turn / Red Church -- Blue Church?
« on: October 28, 2014, 08:09:18 AM »
I could not help but ponder the sad state of American Lutheranism when I read this:

Peace, JOHN

Your Turn / The Future of Protestantism
« on: July 06, 2014, 01:07:05 PM »
In the August/September issue of First Things there is an article by Peter J. Leithart entitled, "The Future of Protestantism." Leithart is a conservative Presbyterian (PCA) and embraces some views that many of us in groups like ALPB and STS have been saying for fifty years.

This issue of First Things is not available on line yet, so you'll have to subscribe or wait. It is well worth pondering by a Lutheran of any ecclesiastical view. Good stuff.

Your Turn / Divided Friends United
« on: April 19, 2014, 10:07:44 AM »
Here is a churchly "human interest" story in today's Times. Any two Lutheran clergy up to this?

Peace, JOHN

Your Turn / Mormons and Women
« on: March 02, 2014, 08:55:12 AM »
Interesting story in the NY Times this morning. Look who's changing.  :-\

Peace, JOHN

Your Turn / More Lutherans To Enter Dialogue With Roman Catholics
« on: November 20, 2013, 08:43:19 AM »

Interesting. It looks like they are going to catch up on the last 50 years of work. That is a good thing.

Peace, JOHN

Your Turn / Put Not Your Trust in Princes
« on: November 05, 2013, 08:13:47 AM »
Today's big elections here in the mid Atlantic promise at this time of the day to become a tribute to Independent voters who have no allegiance to either one of the big parties.

o  New York City may have its first Democratic Mayor in 20 years. (Landslide is expected.)

o  New Jersey (one of the Bluest states) may re-elect its Republican governor (by a landslide).

o  Virginia (normally Red, especially when the President is Blue) may elect a Democratic governor.

Maybe there is hope for this deeply polarized nation. May the number of independent voters grow.

Peace, JOHN

Your Turn / Exodus International Is Disbanding
« on: June 21, 2013, 08:46:23 AM »
The New York Times reports today that Exodus International, meeting for its annual convention at Concordia University, California, will disband. This has been one of those organizations attempting to treat homosexuals with "reparative therapy." Apparently most of the leaders of Exodus have come to realize that such therapy fails. Before this announcement they sent a letter to former patients, apologizing for the "pain and hurt many of you have experienced."

I would book mark the complete article but I don't know how.

Scientists have long said that sexual attraction (hetero- or homo-) is innate, that is, "it's the way you were born." Pastors need to be sensitive in dealing with such people and "reparative" therapy is suspect.

Peace, JOHN

Your Turn / Army Chaplain Given Medal of Honor
« on: April 11, 2013, 07:51:40 AM »
Today Chaplain Emil Kapaun will be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously by President Obama. (According to a CBS preview of the Evening News.) Chaplain Kapaun died in a North Korean prison camp after extraordinary selfless ministry to his fellow prisoners. There was a Kaserne in Kaiserslautern, Germany named after him, which may still be there even after the drawdown of our forces. He was truly a great hero.

Peace, JOHN

Your Turn / Congratulations to Forum!
« on: April 07, 2013, 06:40:37 AM »
Congratulations to both Forums! Once again we have been recognized by the Associated Church Press in their "Best of the Christian Press" competition for 2012.

Best in class for newsletters: Forum Letter, "Award of Merit" (2nd place)

Best in class for journals: Lutheran Forum, "Award of Merit" (2nd place)

Humor:  "A Matter of Style", in September 2012, Forum Letter, "Award of Merit" (2nd place)

Well done, Richard, Sarah, Peter, and Paul.

Peace, JOHN

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