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Month: September 2014

Dale Young RIP

  I wrote a song called “Soldiers  of the Cross” in Honor of Dale Young.  You can use the search option on this site to find that song. Reverend Dale G. Young was called home by his Lord and Savior on Friday, September 26, 2014 while a resident at St. Francis Nursing Home, Breckenridge, MN. Dale George Young was born June 3, 1929 in Plainview, MN to George and Emma (Wurl) Young. Dale attended parochial school in Plainview and graduated from Concordia Lutheran High School, St. Paul, MN. Dale continued his education at Concordia University, St. Paul, MN and then earned his Master of Divinity Degree from Concordia Lutheran Seminary, St. Louis, MO. Dale served several congregations throughout his ministry including Trinity, Faribault, MN; St. Paul’s, Montevideo, MN and Mt. Calvary, Antwerp, OH. Following his retirement in 1991, Dale moved to Wahpeton, ND and served vacant congregations in Fergus Falls, Campbell and Monson-Dumont in MN and Wahpeton, ND. Dale also provided short term pastoral service in Milbank, SD; Breckenridge and Battle Lake, MN. Preceding him in death were his parents George and Emma, and his brother Lowell. Dale is survived by his sister-in-law Josephine Young, a niece, six nephews, several cousins as well as the members of the congregations he served. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 1 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Wahpeton, ND with...

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Utopia anyone?

It is naively assumed that the life of love, the life of discipleship, is a simple human possibility, without the need  for justification by faith. The result is, as always, a utopia which enslaves and terrifies men by the very laws devised to free them and make them happy. Share this on:...

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The Hot House Plant

I like to think that smart people read my blog.  I like to think that smart people read.  I worry when everything has to be bored down to 125 characters or whatever constitutes a tweet.  In fact I worry about a society that even invented something like a tweet, but I digress.  Betty M read my blog about mercy, and eschatology and apocalyptic stuff and came up with a great picture of the hot house plant.  Thanks Betty,  Here is what she wrote. Pastor, Isn’t it ironic that the church grows ever stronger in the midst of persecutions etc. A Kind of lesson from nature as well. A hot house plant that has been nurtured and coddled all it’s life can do little when exposed to the winds and storms outside it’s place of relative safety but the tree that bears the brunt of storms is unmovable. The church down through the centuries has had it’s days of persecutions and trials but it has quietly prevailed not unlike it will in this time of terror at the hands of militants. Even So come Lord Jesus! This was a very comforting post, Pastor thank you for it.   Share this on:...

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Eschatology and Apocalypse and Mercy

As strange as things are in the world things are going to get stranger.  Prepare for an assault of books and movies about the end of the world and the terrible  things that will happen.  Eschatology is words about the end of the world and “Apocalypse” is considered by many to be the same word, or a synonym.  Over the years it has become that but the meaning of the word “apocalypse” is revelation.  The last book of the Bible is, in Greek, the Apocalypse,  It is revealing things that are hidden.  It is pealing back what we think is history and showing us the reality behind it all and that reality is God in Christ reconciling the world. There is apocalyptic and eschatological stuff going on in the Old Testament too but everyone gets all worked up over the last book of the Bible.  Zechariah is a book that tells what God is going to do in the history of Israel and the church.  Here is beautiful explanation of how one man sees what Zechariah chapter one is saying.  His name was Charles Spurgeon. Zechariah 1:7 -9 On the twenty-fourth day of the eleventh month, which is the month Shebat, in the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came to Zechariah the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet: 8 I saw by night,...

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To Be, Or Not To Be!

  “There is an actual sense in which every human use of the future tense of the verb “to be” is a negation, however limited, of mortality. Even as every use of  “if” in a sentence tells of a refusal of the brute inevitability, of the despotism of the fact. “Shall”, “will”, and “if”, circling in intricate fields of semantic force around the hidden center or nucleus of potentiality, are the passwords of hope.”  ……………………………The future tense of the verb inhabits nearly every saying of Jesus. He is, for his followers, hope made flesh.”  Richard John Neuhaus in a review of “Grammar of Creation” by George Steiner in First Things, August/ September of 2001  #115 Share this on:...

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