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Follow Jesus like it really matters to you

Taking note of Lenny Bruce, plus LCMS, Palestinians, liturgy articles

"Today is the day" (April) by Kelly Fryer is wonderful, as is Paul Sherry's example of living "as a follower of Jesus, the one who has set us all free from sin and death to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God" (Micah 6:8). Most of the second page of that article is an example of what pastors should be preaching, especially during the Easter season. Of course, giving proper credit to Fryer, in accord with Jerry L. Schmalenberger's correct opinion in "My view," because "Authenticity matters."

The Rev. Harold E. Burnette
Edinburg, Va.

Words of wisdom

Concerning "Inactive members: What do we do with them?" (April): Have you forgotten the wisdom of Leonard Alfred Schneider (a.k.a. Lenny Bruce)? "Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God." Oh, hallelujah.

Jim Peterson
St. Paul, Minn.

Sad tale

I was so sad to read about the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod's announcement (April, "ELCA, LCMS leaders talk") that it was withdrawing from partnership with the ELCA in chaplaincy, HIV/AIDS ministry and Lutheran Disaster Response. LCMS provided tens of thousands of volunteers, skilled builders through Laborers For Christ, and contributed 40 percent of disaster funds. I am thankful to God for all they contributed in this ministry of service, and I hope they will one day be a partner again in this important witness to our Lutheran faith in action.

The Rev. Leon A. Phillips Jr.
Allentown, Pa.


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