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'Revision' of Scripture Several years ago a troubling symptom began to show up in the Evangelical Church of America called "revisionism." It went largely undetected by most people until last August, in Minneapolis, where it showed itself full blown. The issue that brought it to the fore was the change in ordination standards to allow the ordination of non-celibate (practicing) gay and lesbian pastors.
Be careful who you punish Remember Many vocal Lutheran "Christians" have suggested withholding benevolence funds from the ELCA because they are angry about the vote taken last summer that allows gays to be ordained. Their anger is misdirected. The ELCA funds go for such things as missions, hunger, disaster relief, and other help for the hungry and poor. Starving the hungry will not change last summer's vote. Last Sunday, members of Trinity Lutheran of Cyrus gave over $7,000 (including matched funds) to Haiti earthquake victims through Lutheran World Relief.
Do not support 'cap and trade' Please do not support "cap and trade" and other laws in response to global warming concerns. I believe the scientists who say that any action by people will do little to affect global warming. But rapidly rising costs of energy will greatly hurt poor people and our economy. I believe the geologists who report that Minnesota has been covered by glaciers in the past. We know there are none here now and the weather that occurred to melt those glaciers happened before the invention of the coal furnace and the gasoline engine.
Fleet made up of all ships The Holy Christian Church to which we Christians, worldwide, belong and which we espouse, is not identical with the ELCA or any other institutional denomination. So when we speak of issues facing the church today it's something like referencing the whole of "His Majesty's Fleet". The fleet is made up of, 1.) All the ships of ages past that sailed under the Lord Jesus; 2.) All the ships that now sail under His word of grace and truth; and 3.) All the ships that He will yet commission while time shall last.
ELCA letter gets it wrong I must dissent from the characterization by Norman Olsen (Jan. 16 Sun Tribune Letters to the Editor) of ELCA Lutheran pastors and bishops as bullies. In nearly seven decades of membership in the ELCA and its predecessor bodies I've been involved with Lutheran clergy in the congregation, as a member of the Southwestern Minnesota Synod council, as a voting member at three church-wide assemblies, and as an observer of the work of the church in alleviating hunger and misery on three continents.
Thankful for faithful dissent As ELCA Lutherans get bullied by pastors, and pastors get bullied by bishops, let's all remember to thank God for faithful dissent. When those of the "liberal persuasion" (i.e.
Kettle success On behalf of the clients the Salvation Army will be able to serve, we would like to thank the community for their support. We raised over $12,000.00 during our Christmas Kettle Campaign. More than 20 individuals and eight different groups rang bells to make this possible. Their contributions are a shining example of the true spirit of Christmas. To everyone who supported our Christmas Kettle effort, please know how valuable your contributions are. Thank you for your ongoing support. Verna Zeiher Janet Mesenbrink Co-chairs Stevens County Christmas Kettle Campaign
A better mode of justice The U.S. has more people in prisons and jails than any other First World country. It's not because Americans commit more crimes than in other countries, it's just that we incarcerate folks for crimes when a better way to punish them should be found. It makes no sense to send a "white collar" criminal to prison for years or even life if he or she is not a danger to others. Prisons and jails should only be used to protect us from a person who may do us harm, like murder, burglary or assault.
Is Sheriff's Office next? Huh, the ambulance service was sold? I may want to purchase the Steven's County Sheriff's Office. Where do I send the bid? Ticket fines might go up a little. We will put fewer officers on the road, and only a few more tickets will be issued. And, what's one more bill for your father's funeral, the game at Big Cat stadium or the Fourth of July parade? My bid is for purchasing the service only; I am not interested in leasing the service. What can possibly go wrong?
Toll of domestic violence Our community has suffered a most unfortunate and unnecessary loss this past week through domestic violence homicide. Countless members of the community have contacted Someplace Safe in recent days to express their concern, outrage and heartbreak; many wondering what they can do to help educate others so the cycle of violence can be stopped. Unfortunately, domestic violence remains an all too common occurrence in our lives, and in the lives of those we know and love.