Thanksgiving Day

Our topic is, in a certain sense, self-explanatory.  As such it simply refers to the setting aside of a day to give thanks.  However, in our land, Thanksgiving Day refers to a holiday in November at which time a formal giving of thanks is now a custom. During autumn when...

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Philip Melanchthon (2)

The life-long, intimate friendship and mutual high regard which Luther and Melanchthon reciprocated foundered only once.  That, ironically, was the matter of the presence of Christ in the Eucharist.  Although Melanchthon differed from Luther on several important counts, Philip’s view of the Lord’s Supper was the one doctrine in which...

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Mission Emphasis Night

October 4, 1962 “Your church has a negative attitude toward mission work.”  “Your church does not consider mission work important.”  “Your church overlooks its missionary calling.”  “Your emphasis on God’s Sovereignty makes mission work impossible.”  These are but a few of the many charges brought against our churches in regard...

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Unknown

Nero read his music by the light of burning Rome and the city itself fell, not because its walls were low, but because its citizens were low.  The conservative element in the United States, made popular by Senator Barry Goldwater et al, is predicting a similar, if somewhat more sophisticated...

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Christ and Crisis

 Book by Charles Malik—Eerdmans—101 pp. “There is a vast separating, a profound crisis, going on, both in individual lives—above all in the lives of Christians—and in the world at large.”  This is both the opening thought and the dominant theme of Christ and Crisis, giving unity to the seven meditations...

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Question 7

Robert E. A. Lee—Eerdmans—133 pp. The usual order of events is that a successful novel becomes a movie.  Question 7 is a reversal of ordinary procedure, having first been produced as a movie, commissioned by the Lutheran Church. As a novel, Question 7 suffers from an almost inevitable malady.  The...

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