The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Magazine informative, challenging

'My view' draws split views, theology articles hit and miss

Informative and insightful
I've been a subscriber to The Lutheran for several years. I thoroughly enjoy the publication and read it cover to cover. In the August issue alone, there were interesting articles about the beginnings and future of the ELCA (page 20) and Lutheranism in Central Asia (page 34 — I had no idea). I always find the magazine to be informative, insightful and challenging. Those Christians (not just Lutherans) who don't read The Lutheran don't know what they are missing. I've heard of other denominations' publications being discontinued due to the lack of funding. That's very shortsighted. I hope there is never a decision to shut it down. In the meantime, I will continue to subscribe to it and encourage others to do so.

Michael Pritchett
O'Fallon, Ill.

Got it backward
After reading "Looking back, leaning forward" in the August issue, isn't the Christian church's purpose to lead secular culture, not the reverse?

Douglas Wessell
La Quinta, Calif.

Beg to differ
Thank you for Amalia Vagts' "My view". But I disagree with her on one point. I always understood the Q in LGBTQ stood for "Questioning" not "Queer" as she wrote. To many in the LGBTQ community, queer is a pejorative term, while questioning refers to young (or old) people who still have not discovered their true sexuality. Again, thanks for the article and I hope you will continue to air controversial subjects in our magazine.

Eloise Joppa
Brush, Colo.

Enough already
The "My view" in the August issue was extremely disturbing. Although only her view, it seems more and more of that view is seeping into the magazine. Does not anyone read their Bible anymore? May God have mercy.

Norma Fristad
Letcher, S.D.

Like to read more
"The Christian God isn't almighty in the magical sense and never was." Thanks for this and the entire "Deeper understandings" by Lisa Dahill (August, page 18). I'd welcome a follow-up piece by her on how our Christian God is portrayed in Sunday school material. My Sunday school teachers and our lessons in the 1930s and '40s may not be faulted for knowing nothing about how German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer struggled to confess the Christian faith. How about now?

Richard E. Olson
Edgartown, Mass.

Rapture is real
Christians are not to fear Jesus coming back, but rejoice. The fears Barbara Rossing mentions (June, page 18) should be for nonbelievers as they will be left behind to deal with the tribulation period. The theology of the rapture was spoken about by Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 and in Hebrews 9:28. How can she say that people desire to experience the Bible coming to life but imply that is not so? The Bible's message is real and it does tell us of things to come. You have to be willing to read, listen and believe what the Bible is telling you. I do believe in the rapture and feel sorry for her that she doesn't.

Rosalyn Scherf
Hollywood, Fla.

It's God's creation
I am disappointed that the church has become involved in the political process of attempting to control the Earth's climate (July, page 20). Carbon credits are now being traded. We as the consumer will pay the cost of this experiment. Yes, there is climate change. This has been happening since the beginning of time. The Bible speaks of the Great Flood and scientists of an Ice Age. As a retired farmer, I've been fortunate to live close to nature and have observed what God has created and continues to provide for us humans. My wife and I have attempted to preserve our land for the next generations. I'm disappointed that our religious and political leaders are informing the youth and adults that we humans have the ability to change our climate. God bless America and Earth.

Ernest Kroeger
Hartford, S.D.

Leave it to the Spirit
I take issue with the "End 'shotgun' confirmation" article. Mother Teresa said "our calling is not to be successful but to be faithful." The rest is the business of the Holy Spirit.

Laverne Detlefsen
Red Wing, Minn.

Pay attention
Families and youth are not going to church because churches are unaware and unresponsive to their daily and lifelong needs. Frankly, churches have become a social club for the elderly (and I know God loves the elderly). However, today's American churches will continue to shrink (January, page 22) and eventually die because church leaders are deaf to the real needs of people by not making genuine efforts to get to know and understand what is important to neighborhood families.

William C. Holm
Bloomington, Minn.

Different entities
In two of the biographies on newly elected synodical bishops (August, page 38), you identified them as graduates of "Concordia Senior College (now Concordia Theological Seminary) in Fort Wayne, Ind." The only thing in common between the two institutions is the occupation of the same piece of property but at different times. It may be minor to some, but huge to the college graduates.

The Rev. Gerry Rickel
Concordia Senior College, Class of 1971

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