Justin was a teacher of philosophy who engaged in debates about the Christian faith. His description of worship helped set the pattern of worship in East and West.
On this festival, one woman too old to have a child bears the last prophet of the old covenant, and the other woman, quite young, bears the incarnate Word and bearer of the new covenant.
The "Luther of the Slavs" spent his life in Prague, Silesia, and Slovakia. He is the father of Slavic hymnody.
Calvin was a preacher in Geneva who wrote the Institutes of the Christian Religion and several commentaries on scripture. He is recognized as one of the founders of the Presbyterian church.
Copernicus was a renaissance person who believed the sun, not the earth, was at the center of the solar system. Euler was one of the founders of the science of pure mathematics.
These men remind us Christianity is not anti-knowledge or anti-science.
Helen(a) is remembered for her generosity toward the poor and for building churches at sites in Palestine central to the life of Jesus.
One of our members asked me why San Antonio had no climate march when so many cities did. We were perhaps the largest city in the nation not to participate with a march.
Fiesta may have been a reason, but then San Antonio is not known for promoting many marches.
Why do you think there was no march here?
If Texas were to be its own country and compare itself to the other advanced countries in the world, it would have the highest maternal mortality rate among these nations. Bearing children in Texas is risky.
Why do you think so many women in Texas die while giving birth? Were you aware maternal mortality is a big issue in Texas?
As you probably know, I was asked to get involved in a controversy regarding our mayor two weeks ago. Her answer as to why people are poor received nationwide attention. Her response to the cause of poverty reveals a strong disagreement among Christians on the causes of poverty.
Conservative Christians, including our mayor, focus on individual responsibility. In that context, saying these people are broken and lack a proper relationship with God is consistent with conservative theology.
Progressive Christians focus more on social structures which promote poverty. Progressives would point out Jesus had a close relationship with God but he died virtually penniless. A broken relationship with God was not the cause of Jesus' poverty. Other factors were involved.
What would you say is the primary cause of poverty - individual actions or societal injustices?
MacArthur Park provided eight of the 32 attendees on April 30 at the annual conference meeting at Hope Lutheran Church on Callaghan. We had a full delegation which was asked to take a survey on the needs of our congregation and synod.
Thank you to those who gave their Sunday afternoon to attend this meeting.
I have been asked to write an article for the Vista on the shortage of clergy now facing the ELCA, and on related topics. The denomination has decided within the last six months to make leadership development a bigger priority. I will let you know when the article might be published.
A good-sized delegation of volunteers from MacArthur Park Lutheran Church attended this NEISD event last week and received certificates of appreciation for work done in providing snacks at Oak Grove Elementary School.
If you would like to help with this project next school year, contact Brenda Krueger on the Community Based Advocacy team.
Last week San Antonio had this big fundraising event and I noticed some churches participated in it as well.
Do you think our congregation should consider taking part? Do you think we would receive enough funds to make the effort worthwhile?
Lynn and I attended this musical at the Majestic Theater last week and enjoyed it. The theater has done something to improve acoustics in the balcony and we are happy with the changes.
Did any of you see this show?
Wittenberg is the city where Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to start the Protestant Reformation in 1517. I recently read this city now has only 7% of its population which claims to be Christian. The secularization of Germany in recent decades has been dramatic.
Thank you to Dale and Carla Lockett and Chloe Gallegos for serving as our lay voting members at the recent synod assembly here is San Antonio. Be watching for a formal report of what happened at the assembly.
The patron saint of Sweden who worked to spread the Christian faith in Nordic lands, Erik was known for his desire to establish fair laws and his concern for the sick and the poor. He was killed following a worship service.
Matthias was chosen by lots to replace Judas Iscariot. Little is known of him beyond what we read in Acts 1:15-26.
The day is transferred from May 14 this year to avoid competing with a Sunday of Easter.
Extra tables and chairs had to be set up earlier this evening as 47 attended our first monthly Saturday evening worship service in the fireside room Caleb Stone was baptized at this informal service which is intended to be different from what we do Sunday mornings.
The next Saturday service will be May 27.
Pastor Heather is doing most of the planning for these services. We do not expect both pastors to be present at this service on a regular basis.
The Twelfth Assembly of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) will take place 10-16 May 2017 in Windhoek, Namibia, under the theme "Liberated by God's Grace." Almost 800 participants - including nearly 400 delegates from the 145 LWF member churches in 98 countries worldwide - will participate. The assembly is the highest LWF decision-making body and meets every six to seven years.
The Assembly will give general direction to the work of the LWF for the next years. It will speak out on issues concerning the life and witness of the churches and the world. It will elect the LWF President and Council to serve until the next Assembly. At the Assembly the LWF will commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Rev. Lydia Posselt of the ELCA will deliver the closing sermon. She is 33 years old and Martin Luther was 32 when the Reformation started.
The Assembly is hosted by the three Namibian member churches of the LWF.
Former Pastor Ernie Hinojosa represented the ELCA at an Assembly while he was a pastor here.