Christ and the Church

Dr. Edmund Schlink Editor’s Introduction: Dr. Edmund Schlink (1903-1984) was one of the most important Lutheran theologians of the twentieth century. After serving as a Lutheran pastor and seminary professor in Germany in the 1930s, he was called to be a professor of dogmatic and ecumenical theology at Heidelberg University in 1946. He taught there…
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Hope for a Time Like This (Sermon)

By Matthew L. Becker “Christ Jesus was chosen before the creation of the world but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.” – First Peter 1:20-21 Hope is in…
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Apocalypse, Jubilee, and Church

Some Theological Reflections on the Pandemic By Robert Schmidt The death toll is staggering. The four horsemen are almost visible as they sweep through Wuhan, Milan, and New York, leaving in their wake makeshift morgues and deserted funerals. But they ride on through the slums of Delhi, Kenya’s Kibera, and the streets of Ecuador now…
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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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Is This a Bonhoeffer Moment?

By Pr. Eugene Brueggemann A Bonhoeffer moment is a moment of truth. It is a time of urgent necessity that is calling the church to bear witness to the truth when it is under prolonged and intense attack. Many American Christians, impressed with Bonhoeffer’s role and writings in the Nazi era, see parallels between then…
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An Eerie Parallel

By Dr. Norman Metzler In recent political developments at the presidential level, a parallel has become quite evident between the Watergate machinations of President Richard Nixon and his subsequent resignation from office, and the possibly actionable machinations of President Donald Trump that could rise to the level of impeachable offenses. There is another fascinating parallel…
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