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Here are a few articles today on the observance of Pastor Bonhoeffer's death, which came exactly three weeks before Hitler's sorry end in that Berlin bunker. As a child, my father taught me about Bonhoeffer, so his example has been with me for a long time; so much so that our older son's middle name is Dietrich.
Here is an interesting article in today's online Washington Post about a Lutheran pastor. I post it without comment.

Bolz-Weber's liberal, foulmouthed articulation of Christianity speaks to fed-up believers
Please pray for our Christian brothers and sisters in Egypt. They are being scapegoated for the overthrow of the Islamist regime. Below is a CNN link and a partial list (also embedded in the CNN article) of Christian churches and institutions attacked, burned, looted, etc.
Your Turn / Rose Parade Lutheran Hour Float
January 05, 2013, 12:05:58 PM
I once again engaged in my annual New Year's Day ritual of watching the Rose Parade with my wife before I dive into a solid day of college football. I do look forward to the Lutheran Hour float each year, but this one left me scratching my head a little. I'm just not sure what to think of this one. Anybody else see this, and what was your reaction to "Jesus at the Gates to Heaven" rolling down the parade route?
I don't know if I've ever read a column by Doug Giles before, but the title caught my eye. It doesn't really came from a politically conservative point of view; liberals who are Christians should find much common ground on this piece, if they don't first launch into ad hominem argumentation based on the author. An excerpt from the brief article:
...I believe, however—and I could be wrong—that the reason some rage against the machine is that they hate God and love their sin, and bringing up Jesus in December is not the way they wanted to finish off the year. Indeed, Christ really rains on their parade ... and they love their parade.

Christmas, if you really get down to the brass tacks of it, isn't about reindeer, elves, iPhones or Lindsay Lohan punching a gypsy, but about mankind's sin problem and what God did to remedy it by sending His Son...
Full article at
I post this without comment, since there really is nothing constructive I can contribute.
Your Turn / Pastor Guido Merkens 1927-2012
January 13, 2012, 10:38:41 AM
Pr. Merkens was an influential force in the San Antonio community, whether you are LCMS or not.  He made a huge impact in San Antonio, and he established vibrant ministries designed to last and thrive after he retired. Even though a significant LCMS presence in San Antonio was not established until 100 years after other Lutheran congregations were established in the first wave of Texas German immigrants here (1839s-1850s), his name became synonymous with the name "Lutheran" locally. Even though I am just recently (2009) in an LCMS-affiliated congregation, I had heard about him at about the age of 10 as an LCA "PK" in North Carolina (my dad took us to hear him preach).

San Antonio Express-News article is at
Your Turn / WordAlone-The End of Loyal Opposition
June 23, 2010, 11:01:34 AM
I just received this from WordAlone yesterday, and I am interested in the thoughts from the brain trust out there (well, I'm interested in what most of you think, at least).  The statement was issued by Tom Walker Vice-President of WordAlone ministries.  The paragraph that caught my eye was this:

After a decade of concerted effort that included WordAlone prayerfully and patiently birthing faithful ministries, actively witnessing in the wilderness while waiting on the Lord's directive through the Word, we have concluded as a movement that the theological decay of the ELCA cannot be stemmed or reformed. The entire doctrinal infrastructure of the ELCA is extremely damaged and the pervasive apathy of the membership at large assures that the current tragic direction will continue indefinitely. We urge confessional and biblical Lutherans to begin making plans to disassociate with the ELCA for the sake of their spiritual well being and particularly for the spiritual well being of their children and grandchildren.

My family already reached this point last November, but this statement seems like a significant turning point to me.

From the 5/4/10 press release, ELCA News Service:

CHICAGO (ELCA) -- The Rev. Bradley E. Schmeling and the Rev. Darin Easler are in the process of being reinstated to the clergy roster of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Revisions made to ministry policy documents now allow eligible Lutherans in publicly accountable, lifelong, monogamous, same-gender relationships to serve as ELCA clergy and professional lay leaders. "It feels like being back with the family again after a time of uncomfortable separation," said Schmeling, who serves as pastor of St. John Lutheran Church, Atlanta. "On another level, the reinstatement feels like the stone has been rolled away from the grave. It's wonderful to me that the news comes with the celebration of Easter," he said.
The candidacy committee of the ELCA Southeastern Synod, Atlanta, met April 24-25 and approved Schmeling's request for reinstatement, which will become effective "once the paperwork has been filed," said Schmeling.

Full article at
Your Turn / Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 9 April 1945
April 09, 2010, 05:16:39 PM
Pastor Bonhoeffer was martyred on this day 65 years ago. The link below has nothing new in it, but it is nice to see a recognition in a public forum that Bonhoeffer was not merely a Gandhian pacifist, but actively conspired to assasinate the author of the evil Nazi regime.
Your Turn / 'Why Believe in a God?' Ad Campaign
November 12, 2008, 10:12:46 AM
'Why Believe in a God?' Ad Campaign Launches on D.C. Buses
Wednesday, November 12, 2008

(AP) WASHINGTON, D.C. —  You better watch out. There is a new combatant in the Christmas wars.

Ads proclaiming, "Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness' sake," will appear on Washington, D.C., buses starting next week and running through December. The American Humanist Association unveiled the provocative $40,000 holiday ad campaign Tuesday.

In lifting lyrics from "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," the Washington-based group is wading into what has become a perennial debate over commercialism, religion in the public square and the meaning of Christmas.

See full article at,2933,450445,00.html

Well, at least this is a different spin on the annual secularization of Christmas theme, isn't it?

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