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What is wrong with this picture?

  Posted:Oct 01, 2016 By Pastor Peters (Pastoral Meanderings)
The photo was taken at a Valpo Liturgical Conference.  Once these liturgical institutes commanded great attention.  I fear that they are mostly forgettable, having become the domain exclusively of the ELCA and their social agenda.  The majority of clergy presiding were women (even though other photos show the majority of attenders were men).  We can lament this.  But there is more to this and the leftward drift of a liturgical conference that once boasted folks like Kenneth Korby speaking on such Lutheran topics as private confession.  Look at the photo.  The Valpo Chapel of the Resurrection was built to seat something like 3500 -- for the daily chapel and festival services of a university in northwestern Indiana intent upon being Lutheran.  Apparently the attendance has fallen off to the point where there is no need to use most of the chapel or its fine organ resources.  Instead, a small chapel has been created in the midst of the great assembly.

The altar is in the center with folks facing each other in order to face it.  It is a small altar and small pulpit in the shadow of the grand cross, mighty altar, and elevated pulpit where giants once spoke to the assembled college community (thinking here of O. P. Kretzmann).  What is left is a modern chapel adorned with the faces of the people as the primary liturgical art.  I know that there are some who will laud the decision to make a chapel within the nave of this large and imposing structure and it is certainly more intimate.  But what it does do is testify to just how small the Lutheran presence in chapel and worship has become to a large and diverse Lutheran university and its student population.  That is my point.  The artistic design of the chapel is secondary to the fact that this chapel lives in the shadows of a history and identity that once was an imposing identity upon the whole campus but it is certainly not one today.  This is a picture of the problems most Lutheran colleges and universities face.  What does it mean to be a Lutheran collegiate institution?

Chapel is not alone in answer to this question of identity but it was once a place where the unmistakable locus of the university's soul rested.  It is easy to pick at Valpo since it has formally distanced itself from its past and its once unofficially close association with the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.  It is easy to raise questions when ELCA colleges and universities claim a Lutheran legacy more than a Lutheran identity.  It is not so easy when it is a question facing the wholly owned Lutheran schools that make up the Concordia University System.  But it is no less urgent.  We are good at words.  We need to be better at the reality of what life on an LCMS campus is like.  Faith is not to be merely tolerated or even given a nod on these campuses but permeated throughout the classroom, dorm, and chapel.  This is a work in progress and I am thankfully for those administrations which face this question head on every day.  It is not enough to survive but if we are to survive, it ought to be as Lutheran institutions of higher education -- without apology.  Much less and we are little different than our secular counterparts except we charge more and have a small chapel available for those who want it.  Pray for our schools, folks!

st-onge-latin-america-2015b Pr. Charles St-Onge,
Area Facilitatory for
Missions in Latin America
for the Lutheran Church-
Missouri Synod

Pr. Charles St-Onge
5 Things You Can Do to Appreciate Science and Love the Bible

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tobias Carol Tobias, President of
National Right to Life

National Right to Life

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of Fighting for the Faith

Fighting for the Faith

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2740. Morning Chapel from Kramer Chapel, 9/30/16

  Posted:Sep 30, 2016 By Issues Etc. (Issues Etc)

chapel September 30, 2016

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Dropkick: I’m Triggered

  Posted:Sep 30, 2016 By Worldview Everlasting (Worldview Everlasting)

WEtv answers a terrifying question that might be a trap and certainly has us worried.


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Is being moderate the same as being lukewarm?

  Posted:Sep 30, 2016 By Pastor Peters (Pastoral Meanderings)
Lutherans are of all people those who value moderation.  We do not like extremists.  We believe that most all things are good in moderation and most all things are bad in excess -- including religion.  Garrison Keillor has made a career about poking fun at moderate Lutherans and the high value they attach to be unexceptional.  As with much humor, there is usually some truth underneath it all.  This is the stuff that is not so funny.

I come from the generation that promoted moderation to its fullest degree.  Work but do not work too much.  That is bad.  This was a cut against my parents whose generation worked too much (at least that is what we thought).  Enjoy life in moderation.  Drink but don't drink too much.  Drink but don't waste too much money on expensive beer and liquor.  Moderately priced booze is just fine.   Drive a middle class car but don't spend too much money on a vehicle or your clothes.  Go to church but not too much and do not appear to enjoy it.  Treat the faith moderately.  Be interested but certainly do not be extreme in matters of doctrine and faith and practice.  That is always bad.  The worship service should not go on too long; neither the sermon.  Bible study is fine but if there is something good on TV, well, we all understand.  A little sex and vulgar language is okay but not too much.  That is bad.  A few children are good.  Too many children and that is not so good.  Live moderately and make a moderate carbon print upon the environment.  Recycle?  Yes.  Live off the grid.  No.  Moderation.  We visit churches in search of the one that fits us -- not too much nor too little but just right.  And then we attend moderately lest anyone get the idea that somehow or another we are radical.

Lutherans were born to take a prudent, cautious, middle-of-the-road approach to contested or divisive issues.  We really don't get why people could be against us since we are so moderate in our approach to people. The media do not like immoderate people who take immoderate positions on issues of religious and moral significance.  In fact, the media believes that the best Muslims are those who are too Muslim and the best Roman Catholics are those who are not too Roman Catholic.  Lutherans, too.  Moderation means thinking for yourself, picking and choose from the smorgasbord of doctrine, faith, and practice.  Lock step is bad.  A little independence and distance is good.  Especially for religion. Compromise is good and if you have to negotiate away some of your beliefs or principles in order to appear united, well, that is also good.

I must admit that my kids are not moderate at all.  My kids have a uniform disdain for contemporary worship, touchy feely stuff that substitutes for doctrine and truth, and happy clappy songs that take the place of real hymns.  I am not so sure how we did it, but we raised immoderate children who have little time for half-baked politics, religion, and interest.  I guess I failed as a Lutheran.  Moderation is not the sacred value for my children that it is for most folks of my own generation.

The reality is that moderation is a malicious myth.  We don't need moderates and God doesn't need them either.  We don't need Christians or Lutherans in name only, who feed only moderately from the grand buffet of doctrine and truth.  We don't need people who think for themselves enough to distance them from Scripture and that which has always been believed, taught, and confessed.  We don't need a moderation which seeks to be less than fully the new person Christ has raised us to be out of the waters of baptism.  Moderate subordinate their faith and morality to our secular culture and feel free to dissent from the words of Jesus and the creeds of Christendom and still be good Christians, good Lutherans.  We don't need moderates who make your own morality apart from Christ and who are pro-life for themselves but leave everything else up to the individual conscience or the will of the majority or the courts to decide.  Nope, lets face it.  Being moderate is a lot like being lukewarm and unless I remember wrongly God is going to chew up and spit out the lukewarm moderates who run neither hot nor cold about anything -- even the cross.  Moderates are immoderate when it comes to the one thing that remains when heaven and earth pass away and that alone ought to make us suspicious of something we once thought was our cardinal virtue.

2731. St. Michael and All Angels – Pr. Will Weedon, 9/29/16

  Posted:Sep 29, 2016 By Issues Etc. (Issues Etc)

weedon Pr. Will Weedon, Director of Worship for the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod

Celebrating the Saints

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weedon Pr. Will Weedon, Director of Worship for the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod

Celebrating the Saints

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2733. Female Mormon Missionaries – Pr. Mark Cares, 9/29/16

  Posted:Sep 29, 2016 By Issues Etc. (Issues Etc)

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Truth in Love Ministy

Truth in Love Ministry

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SONY DSC Pastor Brian Kachelmeier of Redeemer Lutheran-Los Alamos, NM

Redeemer Theological Academy

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Show #388: Is Our First Facebook LIVE Show Neo-Monastic?

  Posted:Sep 29, 2016 By Table Talk Radio (Table Talk Radio)

Who ever thought that LIVE video would make good radio? We did that's who! On this edition of Table Talk Radio you will get to hear the audio portion of our first ever Facebook LIVE show. How mediocre is that? And on this episode we will run the song All Because Of Jesus by Casting Crowns through the olde Praise Song Cruncher and see how it fairs. Then we will take a trip through Pastor Wolfmueller's office and play What's In Your Pastor's Library. Finally, we will do a little Preaching To Hollywood as we look at the Taylor Swift song The New Romantic. So, close your eyes and imagine your watching us LIVE on FB ... but not if your driving!!!!!

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The Twentieth Sunday after Trinity

by: Rev. Andrew Richard


Collect of the Day :
O Lord, grant to Your faithful people pardon and peace that they may be cleansed from all their sins and serve You with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Introit :
Psalm 48:1a, 9-11 (antiphon: Liturgical Text) — The people of God delight in His righteous works and His dwelling place among them

Psalm :
Psalm 27:1-9 (antiphon: v. 8) — Of David; a desire to be where the Lord is and the confidence that comes from His refuge

Old Testament Reading :
Isaiah 55:1-9 — The Lord offers us His food freely without cost on our part

Gradual :
Psalm 145:15-16 — The verses from “Asking a Blessing” (before a meal) in the Small Catechism

Epistle :
Ephesians 5:15-21 — The way of fools and the way of the wise are contrasted, as in the Gospel

Verse :
Psalm 130:1-2a — Alleluia. Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord ! O Lord, hear my voice! Alleluia.



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