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Holiday topics
        New Year (January)
               2003   "A New Year Blessing" (Fruit of the Spirit)
               2004   "New Year's Resolutions"
               2005   "Running the Race" (The story of Pheidipides)
               2006   "A Fresh Start"

        Valentine's Day (February)
               2002   "A thought for Valentine's Day"
               2003   "Love isn't just for lovers" (Campus Ministry)
               2007   "Marriage Busters"
               2008   "Practical Love"
               2009   "Money and Marriage"
               2012   "Changing Plans"
               2014   "Our Kinsman Redeemer"

        St. Patrick's Day (March)
              2003   "St. Patrick's Day"
              2007   "From Rebel to Missionary"
              2009   "The School of Hard Knocks"*

        Easter  (March & April)
               2002   "It's Empty!"
               2003   "Something important happened"
               2004   "Whose Messiah?"  (Isaiah 53)
               2005   "Of Course He Isn't Safe" (Chronicles of Narnia)
               2006   "Resurrection Power" (Mel Trotter)
               2007   "A dying man's prayer" (Dr. Samuel Miller)
               2008   "He surrendered"  (John Willfinger)
               2010   "Escaped!"
               2011   "We will kill you!" (Kefa Sempangi)
               2012   "Faith tested"
               2013   "From Death comes Life" (Stephen)
               2014   "Hope in Christ's Resurrection"

        Mothers' Day (May)
               2002  "A Mother's Secret of Success"
               2003  "The Other Side of Motherhood"
               2005  "Eunice"
               2006  "My Tribute" (Part 1 - for Pastor Ron's mother)
               2007  "An Unexpectant Mother" (Gladys Aylward)
               2008  "Finding a New Mother" (Amy Carmichael)
               2009  "A Mother's Prayer" (Mary Bright)
               2011  "The mothers of Mothers Day"
               2012  "A Mother's Day Tribute"
               2013  "Naomi"
               2014 "A Mother's Prayer" (St. Monica)

        Fathers' Day (June)
               2002  "That boy is so lucky!"
               2004  "Fathers and Sons"
               2006  "My Tribute" (Part 2 - for Pastor Ron's father)
               2007  "Disappointed Fathers" (Dutton Lane)
               2008  "The Father of a Prodigal"
               2010  "A Father to Many" (Dawson Trotman)
               2011  "The mother of Father's Day" (Sonora Smart Dodd)
               2012  "A hard lesson from a loving father"
               2013  "The Father's House"

        July 4
               2002  "Rights & Responsibilities" (Dr. Peter Marshall)
               2003  "Religion, Politics, & History" (Marshall/Manuel series)
           Independence for Whom?
               2005  #1. William Wilberforce 
               2006  #2. J.Q. Adams
               2007  #3. J.Q. Adams
               2008  #4. Joshua Giddings
               2010  #5. Dred Scott
               2012  #6. Harriet Tubman
           Christians, Deists, and Unitiarians
               2004  #1. Sam Adams
               2009  #2. John Adams vs John Quincy Adams
               2013  #3 Benjamin Franklin
               2014  #4 George Washington

        Grandparents' Day (September)
               2010  Grandparents' Day
               2014  Grandparents' Day

        Reformation Day (October)
               2002  "The other October holiday"
               2003  "Confused!"
               2004  "Man of Faith?"
               2006  "Heretic!"  (William Tyndale)
               2007  "The Parable of Two Landlords"
               2009  "Happy Halloween Reformation Day"
               2010  "Exposing a Scam"
               2011  "Feet of Clay"
               2012  "Holidays"
               2014  "Grace Alone"

        Thanksgiving Day Proclamations (November)
               2001  Part 1 - 1627 William Bradford
               2002  Part 2 - 1777 Continental Congress
               2003  Part 3 - 1780 Continental Congress
               2004  Part 4 - 1789 George Washington
               2005  Part 5 - 1795 George Washington
               2006  Part 6 - Aug 1863 Abraham Lincoln
               2007  Part 7 - Nov 1863 Abraham Lincoln
               2008  Part 8 - Nov 1864 Abraham Lincoln
               2009  Part 9 - 1930 Herbert Hoover
               2010  Part 10 - 1865 Andrew Johnson
               2011  Part 11 - 1896 Grover Cleveland
               2012  Part 12 - 1901 Theodore Roosevelt
               2013  Part 13 -  1902 & 1903 Theodore Roosevelt
               2014  Part 14 - 1912 (Wm Taft) & 1916 (Woodrow Wilson)

You can read ALL of our nation's Thanksgiving Day proclamations
at www.pilgrimhallmuseum.org

        Christmas (December)
               2001  "St. Nicholas did it!"
               2002  "Servants" (Ebed-Melech)
               2003  "Christmas Gifts" (the real St. Nicholas)
               2004  "Peace on Earth?" (What else did the angels say?)
               2005   A Christmas Story (Luke 1, Matthew 1)
               2006  "Whose Birthday is it?"
               2007  "A Deaf Christmas Party"  (Rev. Alan Rork)
               2008  "Peace Child" (Don Richardson)
               2010  "She wrapped him in cloths..."
               2011  "The Hands of God"
               2012   A lesson from family photos
               2013   Beirut, Lebanon -- 1983

Our Jewish Roots
9/07 The Fall Holy Days
     - Rosh Hashanah (Trumpets; "Jewish New Year")
     - Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)
     - Sukkot (Tabernacles/Booths)
              4/08    Passover
10/08 Simchat Torah
3/09 Purim
5/09 First Fruits (Hag ha Bikkurim)
12/09 Hanukkah
4/10 Shavuot (Feast of Weeks, Pentecost)
1/11 Abraham's sacrifice
7/11Tishah B'Av

People in the Bible  (*Campus ministry articles)

Abraham..............
4/06
*  1/11

Daniel..................
10/02
*  3/07*
              
Ebed-Melech........ 12/02

Jonah.................... 9/03 *

Eutychus...............
9/04

Gomer & Hosea...
4/05

Eunice..................
5/05
Timothy................ 4/09
Naomi & Ruth......5/13

People in history  (*Campus ministry articles)
John Quincy Adams...  7/06, 7/07, 7/09  
Sam Adams...............  7/04
             
Alexander the Great...
  4/06*
Caesar Augustus........
  3/06*
Saint Augustine..........  5/14

Gladys Aylward........
  5/07

Ruth Bell...................  2/12

Bill Bright..................  5/09
William Carey............  3/12
Amy Carmichael......  5/08 

Charolotte Elliott........  3/11

Jim & Betty Elliott......
  5/06*

Andrew Foster..........  6/0311/04*
Joshua Giddings........  7/08
  Billy Graham.............   2/123/14

John Harper..............  5/09

Jeremiah Lanphier.....  7/09  

Martin Luther............10/03, 10/04, 6/07, 10/07,
10/07* 10/0910/10  
Saint Monica.............  5/14

Dwight Moody..........
10/06*

John Newton.............
  3/06

St. Nicholas...............12/01
Richard Nixon...........  3/14

St. Patrick.................  3/03, 3/07, 3/09*  

Pheidipides................  1/05

Hudson Taylor...........
  9/06
Ken Taylor................10/09  
Tisquantum (Squanto)  3/10
Dawson Trotman.......  6/10
Harriet Tubman  7/12
William Tyndale.........
10/06, 10/09  
George Washington...  7/14
William Wilberforce...   7/05
Arland Williams, Jr....
  3/07  
The Four Chaplains  2/13

Current Events
10/04     
"Why Hurricanes?" (Campus)
    (following the summer of four storms to hit Florida)
2/05
"Why!?" (following the western Pacific tsunami)
10/05
"Just go do it!" (on Hurricane Katrina relief efforts)
10/05
"Surprise!"  (Campus)
   (on the announcement of I. King Jordan's retirement)
11/06

"Campus Protests" (Campus)

True Stories
 ...reported by the people who experienced them.
3/02     
"It's Empty!" (Josh MacDowell)
4/02
"Lost... Where?" (Elvira Nachtigal)
10/02
"Homework" (Dr. Howard Hendricks); *Campus
3/03
"Something important happened" (Rev. John Reinke)
9/03
"I can't go home"
10/03
"Confused"
2/04
"Write in the Bible?"
4/04
"Whose Messiah?"
2/06

"Then what?..."  (Pastor Friedrich)
5/07

"Looking for a summer job" (Pastor Friedrich)*
12/07

"A Deaf Christmas Party" (Rev. Alan Rork)
1/08 "Who Owns Whom?"  (Dr. Carl Becker)
9/08 "The Dot"  (Eric Stewart)
12/08 "Peace Child"  (Don Richardson)
2/10 "Dirty Clothes"
3/11 "We will kill you!" (Kefa Sempangi)
3/12"A Mother's Day Tribute" (Pastor Friedrich)
9/12"Lions to the rescue"
6/13"The Father's House" (Pastor Friedrich)
6/14"What's the most important thing in the world?" (Pastor Friedrich)

Campus Ministry
2/02     
"What is truth?"
3/02
"Religion & Violence"
4/02
"Can God Think?"
5/02
"Summer Plans"
10/02
"Challenges" (Daniel)
10/02
"Homework" (finding your life partner)
11/02

"World View"
1/03

"Disciple = Student?"
2/03

"Love isn't just for lovers"
3/03

"Battles in Bible Lands"
4/03

"All Roads Lead to Rome?"
5/03

"Why am I here?"
9/03
"Changes and Choices" (Jonah)
11/03

"Knowledge vs Wisdom"
12/03

"Final Exams"
4/04

"Counter Culture"
5/04

"Honorary Degrees?"
9/04

"A  Prayer For The Beginning of a New Semester"
10/04
"Why Hurricanes?"
11/04
"Honoring Andrew Foster"
12/04

"Students With Two Faces"
2/05

"Why would anyone want to become a Christian?"
3/05

"The Owner's Manual"
4/05

"Questions for God"
5/05

"Light at the End of the Tunnel"
9/05

"Decisions"
10/05
"Surprise" (Dr. Jordan's retirement)
11/05

"Givers & Takers / Servants & Masters"
12/05

"Train Wreck"
1/06

"Victim or Victor?"
3/06

"Beware of the Ides of March!"
4/06

"Alexander, Not-so-Great"
5/06

"Going to the Altar" (Jim & Betty Elliott)
9/06

"Your first (and biggest) test"
10/06

"Daniel in the Lions' Den"  
     (Dwight Moody & Gerald Lander)

11/06

"Campus Protests"
12/06

"What's next?"  (Prayer of St. Francis)
1/07

"God Spits on the Ground"
2/07

"Civil Disobedience"
3/07

"So where do you get wisdom?"
4/07

"Gnosticism"
5/07

"Looking for a summer job"
9/07

"Dare to be different"  (What is culture)
10/07

"If you want to learn something, teach it!" (Luther)
11/07

"Roots of Racism"
12/07 "Prove it!" -- Evidence for the truth of the Bible series
5/08 "Does God have a plan for your life?"
9/08 "Divine Guidance" series
3/09 "The School of Hard Knocks" (St Patrick)
4/09 "Timothy"
5/09 Reflection on the passing of members
     of the campus community
9/09 "Responding to Temptation" series
4/10 "Fired!"
9/10 "Economics by The Book" series
9/11 "God is..." series
9/12"Who Wrote the Bible?" series
9/13"Becoming Jesus' Disciple" series
9/14"A Case for Sexual Purity" series

Other articles
  2/03     
"Shake Well Before Using"
3/04
"Looking in the Mirror"
5/04
"Sowing and Reaping"
6/05
"Termites"
1/07

"A Pair of Parables"
1/09 "The Story Behind the Nicene Creed"
6/09 "Why So Many Churches?" (part 1)
6/10 "The Story Behind the Apostles' Creed"
6/11 "The Story Behind the Athanasian Creed"
9/11 "Why didn't you have an altar call?"
6/12"Why So Many Churches?" (part 2)
3/13"Rewards in Heaven"
6/13"What is a Lutheran?"
9/13"Unclaimed Property"
10/13"Good News Hurts!"
6/14"How to tell someone about Jesus"
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Editorials
by Don Peterson
Culture (social & moral issues)
Church teaching & practice, faith & Christian life
Holiday & Lighthearted Topics

*Editor & Pastor: point/counterpoint

     

Culture (social & moral issues)

11/01


re: Turning the other cheek (responding to 9/11 attacks)

6/02


re: assisted suicide*

12/02
"Dilemmas" (responding to people who do evil.)

4/03


re: war in Iraq

5/03


re: war in Iraq

11/03


Gambling*

12/03


Pacifism: Dr. Stanley Hauerwas

5/04


re: Theocracy

6/04


"Tolerance," re: same-sex marriage*

9/04


"Polls ...Polls ...Polls ad nauseum"

10/04


"Flip-Flop ???"

4/05


re: Theocracy vs. Democracy

3/06

"Life" (part 1) (embryonic stem cell research)
4/06

"Life again..." (embryonic stem cell research*)
5/06

"The Slippery Slope..." (embryonic stem cell research*)
6/06

"Quandary" (how to deal with illegal immigration)
11/06

"Thy Will Be Done"   (Religion & Politics)
3/07

Noah Markham
 (in-vitro fertilization & embryonic stem cell research*)
5/07

Lying
1/08 Prenatal genetic testing
3/08 "Affluenza"
6/08 "Bad News..."
10/08 Politics and Religion
6/09 "Is America a Christian Nation?"
9/09 "Health Care"
4/11 "Organs" (Organ donation)
10/11"A Christian Nation"
1/12"Why God??" (birth defects)
4/12"Religion and Politics"
7/12"Freedom"
1/13"Do not lose heart:" (gun control)
3/14"March"  (climate change)
"Wither the Wether" (climate change)
 


Church teaching & practice, faith & Christian life

1/02


re: witnessing to non-Christians

3/02


re: cuts in Deaf missions

4/02


Stewardship  (also 7/07)

5/02


More about stewardship

7/02


Overcoming giants (fear of witnessing)

9/02


"Show Me the Way" (describing God)*

10/02


re: prayers for football games

1/03


re: cuts in Deaf missions

6/03


"What is in a title?"

7/03


"Charity begins..."

9/03


"Thank God..."

10/03


"I Am Rich!!!"

2/04


"Suitcase Christians"

11/04


re: Pride

2/05


re: the Tsunami.. Was it an act of God?

7/05


"Water... Water..." re: Baptism

10/05


"Evolutionary Intelligent Design"*

2/06

"Love?  What is Love"
9/06

"What would you like to hear God say...?"
10/06

Interpreting the Bible
1/07

Why do bad things happen?
2/07

Peace
4/07

Grace
6/07

"Why did I join the Lutheran Church?"
7/07

"Why must our church treasury
          always be so short of money?"
9/07

"Why must so many Christian denomination feel that
          they are THE way to worship our Lord?"*
10/07

A bolt of lightning (Luther & Peterson)
11/07

More about the ER and the Editor's heart
2/08 When bad things happen...
4/08 "Deadly Sins"
5/08 "Scars"
7/08 "Where am I now??"
9/08 John Templeton
11/08 "In the beginning..."  (Creation & Evolution)
1/09 "Wisdom"
4/09 "Coincidence?"
5/09 "Forgiving"
2/10 Thoughts on prayer
3/10 "Creation"
4/10 Women as pastors... (5/10) "Some day" *  (10/13)
6/10 "Magic?" *
7/10 "Attributes" (God's omniscience and curiosity)
11/10 "Creation"
3/11 "Jesus Loves Me..."
11/11"Tradition, Tradition..."
2/12Questioning God
6/12History of Christ/Deaf
9/12"Heaven"
10/12"Science"*
1/13"Prayer"
3/13"Incomplete..."
5/14"Noah"
6/14"Science and Religion" (2 parts)
9/14"Answers to Prayer"
10/14"Evolution"*
 


Holiday & Lighthearted topics

12/01


re: Sustaining the spirit of Christmas

2/02


re: Translating hymns

11/02


Odds 'n' Ends

2/03


re: Love

3/03


Tidbits from "Joyful Noiseletter"

1/04


"What are you doing with your dash?"

3/04


"Happiness"

4/04


A guest editorial

7/04


"Too Little, Too Much?"

1/05


"I Resolve To ..."

3/05


"Tradition! Tradition!"

5/05


re: Memorial Day

6/05


"A merry heart..."

6/05

"Ramblings..."  (re: TNIV Bible translation)

9/05


"Kindness"

11/05


"Thanks Be..."

12/05

"Give and Take"
1/06

"Happy New Year!"
7/06

"Five People"
3/08 "When is Easter?"
2/09 Reflection on Alzheimer's Disease
10/09 "July 24..."
11/09 "Humor as Medicine"
9/10 "Happy New Year!" // Ekert the pink elephant
10/10 "Holidays"
7/11"Beach life"
3/12"March"
5/12"May is for Mothers"
11/12"Sign Language"
4/13"Taxes"
5/13"Mothers"
6/13"The Merry Month of June"
7/13"The Bucket List"
9/13"Heaven Again..."
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Ask Pastor
Bible text & interpretation
Heaven, angels, end of the world
Church teaching & practice; Christian life
Culture (social & moral issues)
Holiday topics

*Editor & Pastor: point/counterpoint
   

Bible text & interpretation

12/01


"If you sin, will the Holy Spirit depart from the body and after asking for the forgiveness then will the Holy Spirit return to the body?"

1/02


"Can you explain Psalm 104:30 ... 'When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the earth'?"

2/02


"Did Lucifer (Satan) sin against God before Earth was created or after? Can you give me some Bible verses related to this?"

5/02


"What translation of the Bible do you recommend?"

11/02


"The Bible has been translated so many times, how can we be sure the Bible we have today is accurate?"

5/03


"I got an Email that says the Garden of Eden was in the part of the world that is now Iraq. Is that true!?"

9/03


"Does God ever change His mind?"

3/04


"Did Jesus marry Mary Magdalene?" [Responding to The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown]  (Also see 6/14)

7/04


"Did Jesus suffer in hell?" (follow-up to a question about The Passion of the Christ)

9/04


"People talk about John 3:16. Why do they fail to go on to verse 19 and the rest of the chapter?"

1/05


"You talk about Paul's letters as though Paul himself wrote them. I had the impression from LCMS doctrine that Paul and all other writers are simply acting as stenographers for God."

4/05


"How do deaf churches deal with the stories and prophecies about healing of deaf people in the Bible?"

6/06

"Is the Gospel of Judas true?"
9/06

"What is happening in Israel?!"
10/06

"What happened to the Ark of the Covenant?"
11/06

"In the story of Daniel in the lion's den, Daniel said his prayers in public (Dan. 6.10). Was he wrong for doing that?"

1/07


"I really don't know much about the Bible. I was never really taught it when I was growing up.  Is there a way I can start learning now?"
4/07

"The lost tomb of Jesus?"
1/08 "What does begotten mean -- as in John 3:16, only begotten Son?"
9/08 "Why did God put the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden?"
10/08 ....the other tree  -- the Tree of Life.
11/08 "Pastor, last month you said that the Torah is the first five books of the Bible.  I was taught that Torah means Law.  What is the connection?"
1/09 "Sometimes I read about a brother of Jesus. Is that true?  Or did someone just make that up?"
5/09 "I don't believe the Bible, because half the people who wrote it were liars, adulterers, or murderers."
6/09 "Who made God?  Where did He come from?"
9/09 What should be the correct sign for "Moses?"
11/09 "Does the Bible say anything about dinosaurs?"  (also 7/14)
1/10 "Was Job a historical or fictional person?"
2/10 "How were people in the Old Testament saved?"
10/10 "Luke 14.26 puzzles me.  What does it mean?"
12/10 "The genealogies of Jesus in Matthew and Luke appear to be different.  Why?"
2/11 "When did Jesus receive the Holy Spirit?   I believe that the Holy Spirit was always with Jesus, because He is God.  My friend says that Jesus received the Holy Spirit as a human."
5/11 Will Israel ever be destroyed?
6/11 Was Jesus baptize when he was a baby? Or was it the first time when John the Baptist baptized Him?
9/11 If the Bible calls Jesus "the Son of God," why do you say that Jesus is God?
2/12Did snakes have legs in the Garden of Eden?
3/12God promised the land of Israel to the Jews in the Old Testament. Does that promise still apply today?
11/12In Genesis 2.26, God said, "Let us make man in our likeness."  Who is "us" and "our"?
3/13God told Adam, "Of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die." (Genesis 2:17 ESV)  Adam and Eve  ate the fruit, but they didn't die like God said they would.  They lived a very long time.
7/13What did you think about "The Bible" TV series?
1/14The First Commandment says, "You shall have no other gods before Me."  Are there really other gods?
2/14What does "throwing lots" mean?  What are lots?
10/14Can the six days of Creation in Genesis represent long periods of time?
 

Heaven, angels, end of the world

3/02


"When we go to heaven, will we understand the reason why things happened the way they did on earth?"

4/02


"What does your church teach about the Rapture?"

10/02


"Do you think that a good person who does not believe in Jesus still can go to heaven?"

1/03


"What is your position on reincarnation?"

4/03


"When we die, do we go immediately to heaven? Or do we 'sleep' until Jesus comes again?"

7/03
"What is your opinion about guardian angels?"

10/03


"Do you believe in ghosts?"

3/05


"What does the Bible mean when it refers to 'heaven?'"

7/06

"Do animals have souls? Can they go to heaven when they die?"
7/07

"Is there difference between a person's soul and spirit?"
2/08 "What is heaven like? What will we do there?"
3/08 "Why does the Bible say that we will receive rewards in heaven?  I thought we are saved by grace, not by works, and that heaven is a place of equality."
4/09 "When Jesus comes again, and our bodies rise to life, will we have the same bodies that we have now? Or will we get new bodies?"
7/11"How can a loving God send people to hell?"
5/12"The Bible says that God will make 'a new heaven.'  Why?  What's wrong with the first heaven?"
9/14"Why did God permit polygamy in the Bible?"



Church teaching & practice; Christian life
9/02

Describing God*
2/03
"The Ten Commandments say 'Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy.' So why does your church break this Commandment by worshipping on Sunday instead?"
6/03
"In your Lutheran worship, why do you say some of the same things every Sunday? Why don't you use more of your time teaching the Bible?"
2/04
"How do you Sign the word 'Grace'?"
6/05
"What do Lutherans teach about Free Will?"
7/05
"I have trouble telling my atheist and agnostic friends about Jesus. How can I tell them without being offensive?"
11/05
Evolution*
1/06

"If God never changes His mind, then why pray?"
2/06

"For a person to be saved, do we need to accept Jesus only as Savior?  ...or as Savior AND Lord?"
4/06

"Do Lutherans teach that we must be 'born again?' "
5/06

"The newspaper said that doctors tested prayer and they said prayer doesn't work."
2/07

"I don't like to say, 'Goodbye.' I prefer to say, 'See you later.' "
6/07

"Deaf or Death?"
9/07

What is the "Church"?*
10/07

"I attended the Lutheran School for the Deaf, but they didn't teach me about Martin Luther.  Why?"
2/09 "Why do you baptize babies?"
3/09  "I go to church every week.  So why do I need to also read the Bible at home?"
7/09 "Who was Jerome, and what role did he have in compiling the Bible?"
10/09 "How do you respond to Martin Luther's anti-Semitic statements?"
3/10 "Why did God allow the earthquake in Haiti?"
5/10 "Why doesn't our church permit women to be pastors?"*
6/10 "In the Beginning..." *
7/10 "What is your opinion about blessing animals?"
3/11 St. Augustine on Deafness
10/11"What does the FISH symbol mean?"
11/11"Different religions call God by different names, but they all worship the same God, right?"
1/12"What do you feel when you say the words that change the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ?"
6/12"Does Christ/Deaf meet in an ELCA church?"
7/12"What does INRI mean?"
9/12"Why didn't God protect the theater shooting victims?"
5/13"What is a "Jesuit'?"
6/13"The Power of an Invitation"
3/14"A Christian pastor became an atheist!?"
11/14
"Pray for persecuted Christians"
 

Culture (Social & Moral Issues)

6/02


Assisted Suicide*

7/02


"What is your position on cloning and stem cell research?"

9/02


"I have read about the Lutheran Church's conflict over the interfaith prayer service in New York after 9/11. What is happening?"

3/03
"…Christians are brainwashed!"

11/03


"Is gambling a sin? What about the lottery?"

1/04


"Is investing in the stock market the same as gambling?"

3/04


Response to the popular book, The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

4/04


"What is your opinion about TV evangelists? Is it true they always want money and do they use it for the good cause? What about Robert Schuler?"

5/04"What do you think about The Passion of the Christ movie?"

6/04


"Tolerance" (re: same-sex marriage)*

11/04


"It appears that St. Paul permitted slavery in the New Testament. Would he condone it today?"

2/05
"What is difference between marriage, common-law marriage, and living together?"

5/05


LCMS policy on terminating artificial life support.

9/05
"What does the Bible say about different races of people?"
10/05
"Racism & Deafness"
3/06

"I understand that Martin Luther supported the persecution of the Anabaptists.  Has the LCMS ever issued an apology for this persecution?"

3/07


Response to editorial on Noah Markham  (in-vitro fertilization & embryonic stem cell research)*
11/07

"Is smoking a sin? What about drinking alcohol?"
4/08 "Should Christian parents allow cochlear implants in their deaf children?"  (two parts)
5/08 "Pastor, how do you answer a vegetarian who says that killing animals for food is immoral?" (two parts)
9/10 "What is your opinion about cremation vs. burial?  Does the Bible have anything to say about it?"
11/10 "Does God accept a marriage that was officiated by someone who is not a legitimately ordained minister?  What about marriage by a Justice of the Peace?"
1/11 "What if the 'handicap' is deafness?" (re: a popular justification for abortion)
1/13"What about pregnancies that are the result of rape or incest?"  (re: a popular justification for abortion)
2/13"What should we look for in a candidate?  Does the Bible has any particular method of looking at this?"
10/13"Sometimes on Sunday morning, when we confess our sins in the worship service, I can't think of any sins I need to confess."
9/14"Why did God permit polygamy in the Bible?"
 

Holiday topics
 
Christmas

12/02


"Is Jesus' birthday really December 25?"

12/03


"Christmas Myths"

12/04


"If the Bible condemns astrology, then why did God lead the Wise Men with a star?"

12/05


"Who is 'Kris Kringle?'"

12/06


"What do the gifts from the Wise Men represent?"

12/07


"Where did the Three Wise Men come from?"
12/08 "An atheist Christmas message?"
12/09 "Xmas?"
12/10 "The genealogies of Jesus in Matthew and Luke appear to be different.  Why?"
12/11More about the Wise Men
12/12"I am curious about the worship customs of the Magi (Wise Men).  We know they 'bowed down and worshiped Him.'  How exactly did they 'worship' Him?"
12/13"What was the star of Bethlehem?"

Good Friday / Easter
4/11 "Why were the two robbers who were crucified with Jesus held up with ropes, while Jesus was nailed to the cross?"
4/13Origin and meaning of the word "Easter"
5/14"Which holiday is more important: Christmas or Easter?"
 

Halloween

10/03


"Do you believe in ghosts?"

10/04


"What is your opinion about Halloween?"


For more in-depth articles on theological, social, and church issues,
read the FAQ (frequently asked questions) at www.LCMS.org.
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Christ/Deaf history

6/03

 

Our stained glass windows

6/04

What happened long ago...
11/12Our Pastors
11/12Our Memories
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Travelogues

1/02

 

Family Reunion in Mexico
    by Diane Munoz

11/02

A Trip to The Country in the Shape of a Lady's Boot
    by Diane Munoz
1/03

EGYPT:  The Cradle of Civilization
    by Jim and Dot Casterline
4/03

Life & Ministry in Macau
    by Diana Lei
7/03

A Cochlear Implant "Journey"
    by Mary Bagby
1/04

Deaf Culture Fellowship Cruise
    by John & Carolyn Mason
4/04

Italy Again
    by Diane & Tony Munoz
10/04

Scandinavian Heritage Tour
    by Jim Casterline
2/05

Land of the Morning Calm... Growing up in Korea
    by Ward Pettis
7/05

A Tour of Greece and Turkey
    by Diane Munoz
7/06

A Visit to the Low Country (coastal South Carolina)
    by Dot Casterline
10/06

Alaska Adventure
    by Ward Pettis
3/07

A Tour of Egypt
   by Diane Munoz
2/08 Puerto Rico
   by Alice Hagemeyer
9/08 China Tour
   by Diane Munoz
10/08 Summer Mission in Macau
   by Karen Friedrich
2/09 The Alpine Jewels Tour
    by Agnes Sutcliffe
5/09 Memoirs of a Guinea Pig
    by Don Peterson
10/10 Deaf Bikers Association Rally, Surgis SD
    by Ward Pettis
12/10 Cruise to Hawaii
    by Carolyn Snyder-Mason
3/11 A Journal of Our Israel Tour
    by Diane Munoz
7/12A Tour of France
    by Diane Munoz
4/13Treasures of the Adriatic
    by Diane Munoz
1/14Iceland/Scotland Tour
    by Diane Munoz
6/14Gerald & Rita Ahrens vacation in
    California and Hawaii

You can also read mission field reports from:
Ghana, Africa
India.


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