Rethinking Evangelism in America

Robert Schmidt* *Robert Schmidt served as a missionary to Nigeria in the 1960s, a campus pastor at several universities, and a professor of theology at Concordia University in Portland. A fuller treatment of “The Coming Kingdom” was recently published in the Nov. 2013 issue of Missio Apostolica – The Lutheran Society for Missiology.   The…
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Expanding the Concept of Scripture

Robert Sylwester Emeritus Professor of Education University of Oregon   Evangelicals responded very negatively to Charles Darwin’s theories of evolution.  Retrospectively, they might have said in effect, ‘Well that’s interesting.  Gather credible data, and when your actual discoveries pose significant theological implications, we’ll take another look.’  The scientific community did seek credible data, and when DNA was added…
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“Marriage Policies” of the LCMS

This is the third article in the Epiphany (Winter) issue of the Daystar Journal on the subject of missions.  It inquires whether the present synodical  directives are the best way to reach out to those affected by the homosexual debates going on in the nation. “Marriage Policies” of the LCMS: Are We Seeking to Reach…
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Listening

Listening: An Undervalued Mission Skill by Richard Gahl* Richard Gahl served congregations in Indiana and Pennsylvania before accepting the call from the Ohio District to serve as its Executive Director in 1981. He retired in 2005.  During his district service he served as Chairman of NAME for five years, co-edited the two editions of the…
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The Purpose of the Church

            The Epiphany (Winter) Issue of the Daystar Journal will be devoted to the mission of the church.  It is a very pertinent topic and was the subject of a recent LCMS conference. Our first article addresses the question, “What Is the Purpose of the Local Church?”             The question has particular relevance to small…
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