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Month: May 2017

The Back Channels of History and Journalism

I wonder if there is such a thing as a journalist anymore and if there is what kind of education they get?  Most news reports seem to be psychological analysis, poll studies, hit pieces and jargon.  Propaganda is a word that comes to mind.  Fake news rings true. It appears obvious that journalist don’t study history and if they do it may only come from pop culture blockbusters and TV shows.  Had they read any books they might have understood the fact that back channels for all leaders, be they kings or dictators or presidents are important, and legal. For Presidents back channels are not only frequent and common, they are sometimes essential.  When I heard the attack on the new President that back channel talks were off the map, I just about screamed.  Not mentioning anyone but the pantheon of Democrat Party god’s there are back channels everywhere and their work was considered heroic. FDR had Viscount Murray with the British and if journalists only care about movies and media they must remember the back channel FDR set up with Britain and the Soviet Union in “Pug” Henry.  The “Winds of War” protagonist is the perfect example of the type of back channel operative presidents look for when they cannot trust their own government, or the press that covers it. Maybe the back channel champion is JFK whose...

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Memorial Day Echoes

There are many Pastors in Minnesota and North Dakota who have children in the Military.  We appreciate their service and we offer prayers for them every Sunday.  Our Synod President Matt Harrison has said many times that the Missouri Synod is an incubator for good citizens.  Here is a picture of Minnesota North District President Fondow’s son and grandson.  Learning how to respect the flag of the United States used to be part of our heritage.  Those days are gone but the tradition is proudly carried on by many.           Share this on:...

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Memorial Day

For whatever reason Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem has always been a part pof my Memorial Day remembering.  As you visit the graves today it might become part of yours too. Under the wide and starry sky, Dig the grave and let me lie. Glad did I live and gladly die, And I laid me down with a will. This be the verse you grave for me: Here he lies where he longed to be; Home is the sailor, home from the sea, And the hunter home from the hill.               Share this on:...

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Mercy Care Sunday Pentecost June 4

  A District-Wide one-day opportunity for congregations to focus on Mercy through tangible, compassionate opportunities serving those in need, in the name of Christ. Martin Luther writes, “Being rooted in the forgiveness of sins that Jesus won for us on the cross, mercy means feeding the poor, taking care of the sick, and caring for the orphans and widows.” MercyCare Sunday – Step by Step Identify a need. Each congregation, by God’s design, is nestled into a community filled with need. Children? Adults? Seniors? Other? Where do you see a place where compassionate action can raise hearts and give a glimmer of hope? Create a Congregational Project. What can you as a congregation do to meet that need in a hands-on, tangible way? Involve people. Engage hearts. Like David Cummings says, “Relationships are the bridge that Jesus uses to walk from one heart to another.” Let’s build bridges of Christ-filled Mercy. After the church service on Pentecost, involve as many from your congregation in your MercyCare project. Load the cars and head out. Make serving in the Name of Jesus a big thing! Enjoy the connections, the friendships, and together enjoy the pure joy of touching hearts with the Mercy of Christ! Record what happens! Take pictures, interview participants, talk with those who are helped. Create a story-like record of what you did and how your Mercy-filled actions impacted...

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When the Devil Goes Crazy.

“If the devil were wise enough and would stand by in silence and let the gospel be preached, he would suffer less harm. For when there is no battle for the gospel it rusts and it finds no cause and no occasion to show its vigor and power. Therefore, nothing better can befall the gospel than that the world should fight it with force and cunning.”  That is what Luther said a long time ago. The world fights the Gospel at every turn.  Even Christians fight the Gospel with self justification and reason.  Every time I try and justify myself I fight the Gospel.  Strangely enough we can fight the Gospel when we try and explain it rather than preach it.  Some believe that we fight against the Gospel when we try and defend it. Siebert W. Becker wrote an article in the Concordia Theological Monthly in 1958 about Luther’s view of “apologetics” or the defense of the faith.  The WA’s are the citations from Luther’s Works. “We are zealously to guard against all attempts to explain the way of God. If the Lord has not Himself revealed it to us in His Word, we must take off our hat and stand in awe of His majestic excellence. And if men murmur, let them murmur. God will not be changed to suit their ideas. If many are offended and...

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