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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For Crying Out Loud

Reflections on Walter Brueggemann’s The Prophetic Imagination by Robert Schmidt Have you noticed the “numbness?” Citizens of the most powerful nation on earth are in a funk.  No, don’t pay attention to the wordsmiths who make their living championing and bashing.  Look rather at the bus riders, the shoppers, the teachers, and the clerks.  Then…
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On “Creationist” Discussions in the LCMS

Dr. Norman Metzler Professor of Theology Emeritus, Concordia University, Portland, Oregon The defense of the “truth” in the matter of faith and science within the LCMS is certainly alive and well. An article published in the Summer 2017 edition of the Concordia Seminary St Louis Concordia Journal by Prof. John Jurchen of Concordia Seward caused such an…
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Learning from the Global Church

Rev. Dr. Paul Mueller Executive Director, Center for Applied Lutheran Leadership (CALL) Concordia University, Portland, OR Paul Mueller is a LCMS pastor who was called to serve as a missionary to Liberia. Later he became the LCMS mission director for all of Africa.  He has a Ph.D. in Missiology from Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft….
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