Though I do not think I am retired, I attended yesterday’s gathering of retired pastors at TLU and they did not kick me out. The food was good and two honorees were memorable.
One who had been ordained in the eventful year of 1968 (my high school graduation year) remembered the turmoil of that time in American history and compared that year to 2018.
A second pastor who was celebrating the 70th anniversary of his ordination, Pastor Merle Franke, the father of Pastor Kris Franke Hill at Shepherd King, talked about his work in English missions of a former Lutheran church body. At that time, domestic United States missions were called English missions, partly because virtually all Lutherans coming to the United States had to learn English and become Americanized to be accepted in this country.
The requirement of northern European immigrants to learn English and give up some of their old world culture has been historically one of the reasons these northern European churches and their descendants have had a more difficult time reaching out to people who speak languages other than English, in this past of the country especially Spanish. A common question was, “Why should we give up our native tongue when others do not have to?” Hopefully we are moving beyond that question as the years pass.