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Messages - Michael Slusser

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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
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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

35
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

36
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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Your Turn / Re: Election 2020
« on: September 14, 2020, 07:37:44 PM »
Since our highly partisan forum member is going to listen to all the “scientists” he lists, he will not be traveling anywhere near the Trump rally.


We’ve just been sucked down another one of his rabbit holes!
When you say "our highly partisan forum member," you'll need to specify which of our many highly partisan forum members you have in mind. I count several.

Peace,
Michael

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Your Turn / Re: Coronavirus news
« on: September 14, 2020, 05:50:23 PM »
Fr. Slusser:
....as the President told Kenneth Woodward...
Me:
Just for corrective accuracy, it’s Bob Woodward.
Kenneth Woodward, a long-time friend, Was for many years the religion editor at Newsweek magazine.
Thank you! The name was in my mind, and I didn't look it up. Now if I'd confused him with another great, the late Willmar Thorkelson, that would have been a really bad sign.  :)

Peace,
Michael

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Your Turn / Re: Rescued by the Wood: A meditation for Holy Cross Day
« on: September 14, 2020, 12:08:16 PM »
I've always liked the suggestion (I don't know its origin) that the reason the Apocalypse made it into the canon of scripture, and as its final book, was the inclusio of the Tree of Life in Paradise at the beginning and in the City of God at the end. We Christians, should we be blessed to enter that City, will recognize the Tree of Life immediately, because we have been gazing at it all our life.

Peace,
Michael

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Your Turn / Re: Rescued by the Wood: A meditation for Holy Cross Day
« on: September 14, 2020, 11:49:27 AM »
Great reflections, Pastor Weedon.

I seem to remember sharing with you years ago that the crucifix in the chapel where I live is adorned with carved fruit and leaves--the cross as the tree of life. It catches me every day when I see it.

Peace,
Michael

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Your Turn / Re: Poll: Change of doctors or insurance
« on: September 13, 2020, 07:37:26 PM »
When the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, health insurers had to review all the plans they offered and bring them into compliance, in some cases taking advantage of the fact that some risks were no longer going to be a problem. But if they did not insure prenatal, obstetric, and post-natal care (which are more expensive than abortion), the ACA forced them to offer those coverages in all their plans. If they did not cover pre-existent conditions, they had to stop that. There were other changes they had to make. Not many pre-ACA plans met the new coverage requirements.

Peace,
Michael

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Your Turn / Re: Coronavirus news
« on: September 12, 2020, 10:20:45 AM »
Following up on Pr. Kirchner's question about clothes, what is the significance of frequent hand-washing and sanitizing if, as the President told Kenneth Woodward, contagion isn't so much through touch as through the air we breathe?

Peace,
Michael

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Your Turn / Re: Election 2020
« on: September 09, 2020, 10:02:01 PM »
Donald Trump stayed away, but General Mattis was a speaker at the annual Al Smith Dinner:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUMHqEiUsf0

I've known many military officers, including my oldest brother (Captain, USN), and none, none, absolutely none has said they wished for armed conflict, no matter what President Trump alleges. That charge must have grated terribly on our military.

Peace,
Michael

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