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#1
Your Turn / Re: Women in Ministry
May 31, 2024, 06:54:56 AM
Quote from: Matt Hummel on May 30, 2024, 08:51:36 PMTrue - but some other of the research into premodern societies' ability to retain and transmit huge junks of data orally is interesting.



Agreed.
#2
Your Turn / Re: Women in Ministry
May 30, 2024, 03:52:48 PM
Quote from: Matt Hummel on May 30, 2024, 10:09:25 AMI think there needs to be a balance between Trust the Scholar and Trust the Witnesses.

Certainly I agree--as long as we remember that a "witness" is not someone who lived two centuries after the fact!
#3
Your Turn / Re: Women in Ministry
May 30, 2024, 09:43:34 AM
Quote from: Tom Eckstein on May 29, 2024, 10:10:39 PMBrian, if you deny that Paul wrote the pastorals you not only ignore the church Fathers who asserted that Paul DID write the pastorals but who were also far closer in history to Paul in order to make that assertion confidently.

I'm not weighing in here on whether Paul wrote the pastorals, but I've always found that "closer in history" argument (which is made quite often, and in many contexts) a bit specious. I'm way "closer in history" to World War II than many of the church fathers were to Paul, but I have absolutely no first hand knowledge of that conflict. I'm not only way "closer in history" to the Carter administration, I lived through it; but my memories about specifics are so fuzzy as to be meaningless. If I remember it one way but a scholar tells me something different, I'd trust the scholar.
#4
Forum Blogs / Award winning journalism
May 22, 2024, 10:06:12 AM
Happy to announce that Forum Letter has once again been judged one of the "Best in Class" for newsletters by the Associated Church Press in their "Best of the Church Press" competition. We took "honorable mention" in that category. That's nine years out of the last ten that we got one of the three awards in the "Best in Class" category.

Congratulations also to Charles Austin, whose "Closing Ye Olde Theology Shoppe" got honorable mention in the "Personal Experience" category.

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#5
Indeed. Great choice.
#6
Your Turn / Re: Lutheran Satire Does It Again
May 16, 2024, 04:46:00 PM
And actually kind of boring.
#7
Your Turn / Re: So We Preach
April 29, 2024, 07:17:26 AM
I think this conversation has run its course more laps than necessary. Let's move on.
#8
The people I spend time with are:
(1) Other singers in the Rochester Oratorio Society, some of whom are Christians but others are decidedly not. (Went out for a drink with a bunch of singers after a concert a few weeks ago. Sat next to a woman I'd not met. When I told her I was retired pastor, she immediately said, "Well, I'm an atheist!")
(2) Fellow board members of our HOA, none of whom is active in any church, far as I know.
(3) I have breakfast weekly with five other guys in our neighborhood, only one of whom has any kind of church connection (and his is mostly nominal).
Really the only time I spend with lots of church people is on Sunday morning.
#9
Your Turn / Re: 2024 Call Days
April 23, 2024, 06:51:28 AM
My most recent knowledge is from when my daughter went through the first call process ten plus years ago now. At that time, the graduate indicated three choices of region (in order of preference). She got her third choice. (I'm not sure who made the decision.) Then I don't recall just how they were assigned to a synod within that region, but I think that's where the bishops got involved. Then the bishop of that synod was responsible for recommending to congregations.
#10
Your Turn / Re: Toward A Genuine Understanding
April 17, 2024, 08:57:19 AM
Quote from: John Mundinger on April 16, 2024, 05:16:36 PMI have read parts of your dissertation.  Too be honest, it is too much to try to digest in a single sitting.

A PhD dissertation that can be digested in a single sitting is probably not worth digesting!
#11
Your Turn / Re: White for Easter?
April 03, 2024, 03:07:48 PM
Quote from: DCharlton on April 03, 2024, 01:39:26 PM
Quote from: Dan Fienen on April 03, 2024, 10:41:14 AMIn one of those random thoughts that pop up from time to time, it occurred to me that if we want to be in tune with the culture in which we are embedded, we maybe should reconsider using white as the liturgical color for Easter, or using white at all as a liturgical color since white has become the symbol of all that is wrong with American culture. Our society is to be purged of the evil of whiteness and here we are flaunting it, even in the ELCA and LCMS who are two of the three least racially diverse and whitest church bodies in the US. White is the symbol of racism, colonialism, white supremacy, and a host of other evils. Perhaps we could replace white as a liturgical color with a nice lavender or maybe aqua.

I'm sure that will be on the agenda before 2030.  Some Lutheran clergy have started wearing what they call a "black alb" instead of a "white alb". 

So far I've seen two bishops doing so. White alb, you know, is like KKK.
#12
Your Turn / Re: Interesting Report
March 28, 2024, 01:41:15 PM
Quote from: JoshuaMc on March 28, 2024, 01:08:20 PMWill,

I thought long and hard before bringing Todd Wilken up. I don't doubt that he's a good person and fine friend. But I will say I had to stop listening to Issues Etc because of the partisanship and what I experience as a slide from the ethical into the political.

Josh

Same.
#13
Your Turn / Re: The Age of the Earth and Truth
March 23, 2024, 07:23:54 AM
Though it is often ridiculed, I've often thought of words by William Jennings Bryan:
"It is better to trust in the Rock of Ages than to know the age of the rocks; it is better for one to know that he is close to the heavenly Father than to know how far the stars in the heavens are apart."
#14
Your Turn / Re: St. Matthew’s Passion in English
March 17, 2024, 07:54:10 PM
Quote from: Weedon on March 17, 2024, 05:13:46 PMMy hands down favorite chorale is the close of the St. John, that third stanza of "Lord, Thee I Love."

Love it as a hymn as well. Hearing it at the end of the St. John Passion moved me to sing it, solo unaccompanied, several times as the closing piece of our Good Friday Tenebrae service, church in total darkness. I also sort of spontaneously sang at the end of the burial rite for my father-in-law.
 
#15
Your Turn / Re: St. Matthew’s Passion in English
March 17, 2024, 07:51:04 PM
Quote from: Weedon on March 17, 2024, 04:20:09 PMBernstein! Cool. I hear him name and think: La-ma-ragashu-goyim!

This!
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