Ship of Fools

Paul Emmel September 2019    Unique in the sea of bitter-cold space The good ship called Earth orbits its place. Its oceans and air that once were all clear Are lost and gone creating great fear. Waters are rising and flooding the lands Fires are raging and getting out of hand. People are fleeing in perilous escape, But…
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Recognizing the Body of Christ: Theology of Glory or Theology of the Cross?

Howard Patten Howard Patten has served the Synod and larger Church for 59 years as Mission Developer, Fellowship of Christian Athletes Chaplain, Pastor to multi-cultural congregations, District Mission and Evangelism Executive, District President and presenter, essayist and retreat leader for major Synodical gatherings and District events.  He is presently serving as Circuit Visitor and pastor…
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Evangelism of the Kingdom

Robert Schmidt* Introduction Yes. there is  the Lutheran “Law and Gospel” approach,”  Campus Crusade’s “Four Spiritual Laws,” and Evangelism Explosion’s question, “How do you think you can get into heaven”?  But now, hesitant to make evangelism calls, we recently have tried to make the church more attractive to others. If they come, they will hear…
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Sanctity of Life: The Complexities of the Abortion Issue

Dr. Norman Metzler Emeritus Professor of Theology Concordia University, Portland, Ore. The abortion issue has become central to much of what is happening in our nation politically, morally and spiritually. Many would contend that it is one of the top issues, if not the single most influential issue, behind our presidential election, the selection of…
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