The Lutheran Spokesman
He's Been There For You
In this issue:
You Are Shriven
The chief priests,... teachers,... elders mocked him...
This Grace Of Giving
The Word Brings Results
There Ought To Be A Law Against Evolution
Special Letter To The Editor
What Can The Righteous Do?
Meet: Sarah Lau
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Do you remember hearing anyone asking, back around the middle of
February, if you had "gotten shriven yet?" The 3-day pre-Lent season
of "Shrovetide" and the custom of "getting shriven" then, are
forgotten customs most everywhere. Once in a while you might hear of
"Shrive" and "shrove" go back to the Latin work "scribere," which has
tumbled down to us through Old German and Old English as scribe,
shrift, scrivener, script, or in description and prescription. It
means something is written down.
But "Shrovetide" and "shriven" denote a perversion of what was
originally scripted. For hundreds of years during the Middle Ages,
going to the priest for confession was pretty much a matter of
compulsion. And then, instead of the penitent receiving a full pardon
as scripted in the Holy Scriptures, he received a prescription of
tasks to be performed, in order for the absolution to be valid. To
"get shriven" was to go to confession and receive such a conditional
and uncertain absolution.
Of all Christian congregations in the world today, well over half of
them still officially teach that such prescriptions are necessary. And
in the rest of them, many members believe that something still
has to be done "by us" in order to make God more willing to forgive
Written In The Book Of Life
Some Lutherans think that way. Perhaps even you feel that you have to
do something, in order to change God's attitude towards you! And you
might even have your very own list or "prescription" -- trying to get
yourself shriven by yourself! The flesh leans strongly in favor of
doing this. In the Middle Ages they harnessed it and mandated it!
Back in the 16th century Martin Luther soon discovered that what was
scripted in what he called "Die Heilige Schrift" had been nullified
for centuries! The Gospel clearly teaches that the Lamb of God takes
away all the sins of the world, full and free. Nothing remains to be
paid for or worked off, by you or anyone else. It is written! But few
taught or believed it any more.
"Holy Script" tells all believers that you are now part of "the
general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in
heaven"! (Heb. 12:23) You can say that you are among those "whose
names are written in the Book of Life" (Php. 4:3), and among those who
"are in the Lamb's Books of Life" (Rev. 21:27). You are shriven there,
by God, in the Word!
Our Lutheran Confessions show that to be in Christ means to be written
up in the Book of Life, inscribed there. Christ did all work necessary
for your salvation. It is also scripted what works we gladly and
freely do upon becoming believers in Jesus. Ephesians chapter 2,
verses 8 through 10, clearly spells it all out for us. God prepared
our salvation beforehand, plus a prescription for service. It is all a
gift, not a bit of it our doing. It is all down in writing for you to
see and believe. For you are shriven!
"Rejoice because your names are written in heaven" (Lk. 10:20).
--Pastor Warren Fanning
and the elders mocked him . . . "
The famous author and editor H. L. Mencken once wrote: "Injustice is
relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice." When Jesus was
crucified, that was injustice. And while He hung by the side of the
road, and the crowds came by to make fun of Him, that was injustice.
But the words with which they mocked Him also contained an element of
truth. They cast His own words and deeds in His teeth, and that must
"He Saved Others"
"He saved others," they jeered, and it was true! For almost three
years He had saved others. From all walks of life they had come, the
rich and poor, the peasant and the noblemen, the lepers, the
paralyzed, the dying.
When we hear the word "saved" or "salvation," we naturally think of
being saved eternally. But Jesus saved people from all sorts of
disasters. He saved His disciples from a storm on the Sea of Galilee.
He saved Peter from drowning in the angry waves. He saved a woman from
a twelve-year hemorrhage. He rescued a man from going through life
with a shriveled hand. He once delivered a man from a legion of
demons. Three times Jesus saved people from dying, most recently
Lazarus who had been dead for four days.
Yes, Jesus' enemies admitted that He had saved others, even as they
mocked Him for it. What they did not realize was that those temporary
deliverances from demons and disease and dying were just the tip of
the iceberg. The great truth was that He was in the process of saving
them too -- and all mankind -- not just temporarily, but eternally! He
was saving them from the justice of God by having that justice fall
upon Himself. Did it sting? Just hear Him cry: "My God, my God, why
have You forsaken me?"
"Himself He Cannot Save"
"Himself He cannot save." He helped others, they laugh, but He cannot
help Himself. He is helpless. True again! In the Garden of Gethsemane
Jesus prayed that the cup of suffering might be removed. In effect He
prayed: "If there is another way, let it be done that way." But there
was no other way to save all the others, and the Lord laid on Him the
iniquity of us all. If He was going to save others, He could not save
Himself. He could not save Himself because His great love for us
compelled Him to lay down His life for us.
It is said that years ago in the Bronx a young "tough" was told
that his sister needed his rare-type blood to survive. He looked
at her on her hospital bed, and agreed. As he lay on the cot next
to her bed he stoically watched the needle pierce his vein, and
the transfusion was carried out.
When it was over and the nurse helped him up, he looked confused
and said to the doctor, "Hey, Doc, when am I gonna die?" From the
time he had agreed to give his blood, the boy had thought that it
would cost him his life to save his sister, and in his love for
her he had been willing to give it.
Well, in Jesus' case it was true! He saved others. He could not save
Himself. He could not do both. And He willingly shed His blood as the
atoning sacrifice for the sins of the whole world.
The glorious truth about Jesus, veiled by the triumphant sneers of the
enemy, but openly taught everywhre else in Scripture, is that He truly
is the Savior, and He came to save us from our sin. No wonder we lift
our voices, even in Lent, to praise the Lord!
Glory be to Jesus
Who in bitter pains
Poured for me the life-blood
From His sacred veins!
--Pastor Paul Schaller
(2 Cor. 5:17)
Studies in Second Corinthians
This Grace Of Giving
Please read chapter 8 of Second Corinthians. It is about taking an
offering. A refreshing surprise for people who have been dulled in
spirit by the countless pleas for funds that assail us. The new
creature in Christ is drawn to it with joy. Weren't you? Didn't you
yearn to be part of such a splendid exercise of Christian love and
It's so different from the usual fund raising which leaves one cold
even though it may get results (the quarter pitched at the aggressive
demands of a professional panhandler). This is so special in manner,
method, and purpose that giving actually becomes a grace!
More Privilege Than Duty
The Corinthian Christians were lagging in the synod-wide effort to get
help to the brothers and sisters in Jerusalem who were desperately
impoverished (no doubt largely because they were confessing Christ in
a hostile situation). A year earlier they had been leaders in this.
Now their willingness had wilted (v. 10-11) as their own house was
divided by controversies.
The Macedonian Miracle
The first thing the Apostle does is to report what the Spirit of
Christ had accomplished in Philippi and other neighboring churches.
These people were themselves extremely poor (v. 2). Yet their "poverty
welled up in rich generosity." A dramatic expression of the fact that
they had first given themselves to the Lord and to the saints (v. 4).
"Take my life and let it be, consecrated, Lord, to Thee!" The first
step to gracious giving. When someone sees himself and all that he has
as redeemed by Christ, something follows: my life and my goods are at
my Lord's disposal. I am honored to be in His service. In Macedonia
"they urgently pleaded . . . for the privilege of sharing in this
service to the saints" (v. 4).
Is it our duty to give liberally for the work of the gospel? Of
course. But Paul is more interested in fruits of faith than what we
might feel obliged to do. "Duty may get something done, but love will
do it better." In the Apostle's example, they gave beyond their
ability. More than could ever be reasonably expected. And this without
promotion, entirely on their own (v. 3).
In contemporary church life we see the same spirit of gracious giving.
One of our CLC churches had its beginning in the 60's when a nucleus
of 11 adults committed themselves to provide at least one half the
cost of a resident ministry if the synod's mission program (meager as
its resources were) would be responsible for the rest. This bilateral
"beyond ability" zeal bore beautiful fruit. Also as a stimulating
example of "gracious giving." Something for the churches to see (v.
The Grace Of Our Lord
What is the motive, the driving power, of gracious giving? It is
simply the image of Christ in whom this new kind of benevolence is
We are urged to know what we easily forget: the grace of our Lord
Jesus Christ (v. 9). Let that image be vivid to the eyes of faith! "We
are rich, for He was poor. Is not this a wonder?" That we might be
enriched with forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation He impoverished
Himself, leaving behind His glory as God. "He made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant" (Php. 2). This led Him to death
on a cross.
All this giving that we might be rich! No wonder that image continues
to give birth to gracious giving, the kind of giving that glorifies
Jesus and His grace.
Some Practical Advice
Lofty as the gospel is when it comes to giving, the Spirit's spokesman
has down to earth advice that reckons with human need and nature.
1) Gracious giving is well keyed to what one has (even though some,
like the Macedonians, gave "beyond their ability" -- v. 12).
2) The goal is equalizing the burden among the saints. When you are
prospering you are able to carry more. When you are "in need" others
will relieve you (vv. 13-15). (We hear of a church that passed the
plate with the instruction: "Put in what you can share; take out what
you need." No report on how it worked.)
3) Let the churches take great care as they administer the offerings
(vv. 16-24). Failure in this has put some televangelists in jail. The
fruits of gracious giving are too precious to lose to the greed of
those who carry them in trust. Auditing the books is good.
In another issue of the Spokesman you will find the continuation of
this heart-warming subject as it appears in chapter 9.
--Rollin A. Reim
NOTE: At the 1965 Convention of the CLC there was a paper called "The
Macedonian Miracle." Written by Robert A. Reim. It deals with this
aspect of our sanctification in its vital relationship to the gospel
widely distributed at that time, it might be due for re-issue. Contact
the Spokesman if you would like a copy for personal or Bible class
Few people grow grapes, but many people enjoy roses, which have the
same properties. Both types of plants require care, which remind us of
the True Vine lesson of Christ. "I am the true vine, and my Father is
the husbandman" (Jn. 15:1-KJV).
A rose grower will prune away all the deadwood on his bushes, which
makes the plants want to produce. The grower will also prune the
branches which bloom, so they blossom even more. "Every branch in me
that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth
fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit" (v. 2).
Beginners do not want to prune the deadwood or the few blooms which
show on the neglected plant, but experienced gardeners know that
pruning is part of God's plan of creation for roses and for us.
Those who do not rely on Christ's merit for their salvation are
dead wood, even if they dress up for Sunday worship, serve on five
committees, and give regularly. They will be pruned away, because they
do not bear fruit.
Sincere believers are pruned in two ways. First, the preaching of the
Law and Gospel cleanses them of their sin through the work of the Holy
Spirit. "Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto
you" (v. 3). Secondly, the crosses they bear purify their faith and
make them thirst for the living water of the Word.
The beloved Son of God offers a great promise in verses 4 and 5:
"Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself,
except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I
am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him,
the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do
God Will Accomplish His Will
No one expects a rose to bloom on its own. The flower derives all of
its strength from the plant. No Christian can bloom apart from Christ,
who comes to us solely through the Word and the Sacraments. Because
the Holy Spirit is always bound to the Word and always effective, we
can always trust that God will accomplish His will through His
appointed Means of Grace.
"For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth
not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and
bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So
shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return
unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it
shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it" (Is. 55:10-11). Rain and
snow bring inevitable growth. The Word brings inevitable results. God
has promised. God never deceives.
In contrast, Jesus warns that those who do not abide in Him will be
cast away and will wither, just as pruned branches dry up on the trash
heap. Moreover, they will be gathered and burned in eternal judgment
(Jn. 15:6). The Bible teaches only two alternatives: fruitfulness from
abiding in Christ; eternal punishment from rejecting Christ.
The happy task of the Christian is simply to remain in Christ through
the Word. As Luther taught, the pastor who preaches God's Word has God
in his mouth, and the listeners have God in their ears, and then in
their hearts. How can God be in our hearts without being fruitful (v.
7)? So we pray with faith and God answers our prayers, as He has
When Christians are fruitful from enjoying the Means of Grace, the
Father is glorified (v. 8).
The rose grower obeys the laws of Creation and sees a cascade of
roses, delighting the eye and filling the air with perfume. But
nothing compares with the overwhelming abundance of blessings pouring
forth wherever the Word is taught in truth and purity.
--Pastor Gregory L. Jackson
And There Is!
Perhaps the reason so many people continue to reject the notion of
evolution is that it seems contrary to ordinary experience. Things
left to chance just don't get done. Random changes in anything simply
do not produce higher levels of organization and complexity. Rather,
all complex machines and devices with which we are familiar are the
result of intelligent design and manufacture. Random changes can only
Nonetheless, the essential claim of evolution is that random change
and natural selection do make simple things spontaneously transform
into more complex things without recourse to intelligent purpose or
design. The famous evolutionist Julian Huxley has defined evolution as
a "directional and essentially irreversible process occurring in time,
which in its course gives rise to an increase of variety and an
increasingly high level of organization in its products." In his
book Evolution in Action, Huxley says that nowhere in the process
of evolution "is there any trace of purpose, or even of prospective
significance." Huxley says that evolution is driven solely by "blind
physical forces" engaged in what he calls a great "chaotic jazz dance
of particles and radiations."
Incredibly, Huxley concludes that evolution is a process in which "the
only over-all tendency we have so far been able to detect is that
summarized by the second law of thermodynamics -- "the tendency to run
down." Now think about this -- one of the most highly respected
spokesmen for evolution tells us that evolution produces an
increasingly high level of organization in things by means of a chance
process whose only over-all tendency is to cause things to break
The whole notion that random change over a long period of time can
transform simple systems into ever more complex systems runs precisely
contrary to one of the most fundamental laws of nature -- the second
law of thermodynamics. The Second Law states that with time,
everything in the universe tends to undergo progressive degradation.
With the passing of time, things do not naturally increase in order
and complexity -- they decrease. Think of what spontaneous change over
say a thousand years will do to an automobile, or your own body.
Scientists tells us that with enough time, this natural degradation
process will lead to the "heat death" of the whole universe when
virtually everything in nature will run down to the point that even
molecular motion will cease!
Evolutionists have tried to get around this formidable obstacle by
arguing that the Second Law only applies to closed systems that do not
receive energy from the outside. The earth, they remind us, is an open
system that receives energy from the sun. Evolutionists believe that
as long as energy flows into such a system, simple things will just
naturally transform into more complex things. They believe that the
immense complexity we see in all the living things here on earth has
occurred at the expense of our sun. While the sun is burning up, and
thus decreasing its free energy and complexity in accordance with the
Second Law, the sun's energy promotes a local increase in complexity
here on earth.
To illustrate how all this is supposed to work, evolutionists often
give simple examples such as the earth's water cycle. The Second Law
predicts that in a closed system water will naturally flow down hill
and will not flow up hill. But the earth, being an open system,
receives energy from the sun which can in effect make water flow "up
hill." Specifically, the sun's energy can evaporate water which has
accumulated on the earth causing water vapor to rise up again into the
atmosphere. Having made such a small investment in fact, evolutionists
hope to gain a wholesale return by huge extrapolation. They would have
us believe that just as a little energy from the sun can cause water
to evaporate and go "up hill," so a lot of energy impacting on the
earth over 4.5 billions years can cause a mixture of the gasses
methane and ammonia to transform into people.
The evolutionist cannot get around the Second Law, as it applies to
evolution, with such trivial examples. All observed cases in which
complex things are derived from less complex things demand an already
existing machine that is at least as complex as that which it
produces. While this machine requires energy to do its work, energy by
itself is not enough. Energy and raw materials, for example, are used
in an automobile factory to make complex automobiles, but nothing
would come of these resources were it not for the even more complex
machines, designs, and intelligent workers associated with the
Like factories, living animals and their cells are comprised of
extraordinarily complex machines that use energy and raw
material in the form of food to do work, produce complex products and
even make identical copies of themselves. The food that sustains life
is ultimately a product of living green plants. Such plants use energy
from the sun to convert water and carbon dioxide into sugar and
starch. This process, known as photosynthesis, involves still other
complex machines called chloroplasts in the cells of green plants.
It is important to emphasize out that all the different kinds of
energy-consuming machinery in living cells are not the chance
products of mere energy and raw material, but are constructed
according to extraordinarily complex and precise "blue prints" in
the genes of each cell. Copies of these "blueprints" are read and
implemented by still other complex machines in the cell called
ribosomes. When all of this genetic information and machinery is
present and working properly in say an acorn, it has everything it
needs to use sunlight and simple raw material to grow into an oak
tree. But if the same sunlight shines on a dead oak tree, it will
eventually break it down into dust.
Creationists are convinced then that there is a law against the theory
of evolution -- the second law of thermodynamics. Evolutionists, on
the other hand, continue to reject the idea that thermodynamics is in
any way incompatible with evolutionary theory. They insist that
creationists simply don't understand thermodynamics. But the great
physical scientist Lord Kelvin, who was the very founder of the Second
Law of thermodynamics, was a Bible-believing Christian and a
creationist! Kelvin, a contemporary of Charles Darwin, was convinced
that the science of dynamics was incompatible with evolution. In one
of his published lectures Kelvin said: "I need scarcely say that the
beginning and maintenance of life on earth is absolutely and
infinitely beyond the range of all sound speculation in dynamical
science. The only contribution of dynamics to theoretical biology is
absolute negation of automatic commencement or automatic maintenance
The Bible tells us that "every house is built by someone, but God is
the builder of everything" (Heb. 3:4). It requires less faith to
believe this eminently reasonable statement about the origin of
complex things as revealed in the sure Word of God than it does to
believe in the unreasonable speculations of men.
--Dr. David N. Menton
Special Letter to the Editor
One Sunday this past September a woman who had been taking Bible
lessons toward membership in our Live Oak, Florida congregation
(only two of some twenty lessons remained) was shot to death outside
the front door of the church. The victim had been in Bible Class, had
stepped outside to talk to her estranged husband, who shot his ex-wife
to death, and then "drove about a half mile down the road and turned
the gun on himself."
The following letter was written by Pastor Roehl, now of Bismarck,
North Dakota, while serving in Live Oak at the time. Another of our
pastors sent this "special letter to the editor" to the Spokesman.
Our readers will surely agree that the thoughts the pastor expresses
in a letter reporting on such a tragedy are truly pastoral in nature.
-- The Editor
When Christians are faced with something like the events that unfolded
in front of our church this past Sunday, many lessons can be learned.
The first and greatest is that our God is in control. At times like
this even our community as a whole can experience the feeling of being
out of control. By ourselves we are out of control, that that is not
to say that the events are out of control. As horrible and as
devastating as this tragedy is, we humbly acknowledge that God was in
control and that by His hand any futher disaster was prevented. It is
true that God saw fit on Sunday to call a fine Christian woman home to
Himself in heaven. It was simply her time to be with the Lord. At the
same time God prevented any harm from coming to the other members of
this church and our community. The deeply disturbed man through whom
Satan brought this hardship into our lives was neither a member of
Grace Lutheran Church nor was he a member of this community. He was a
resident of Gainesville and had been planning these actions against his
wife, himself, and against God's church for quite some time. God
allowed his actions only in so far as they would serve to the eternal
benefit of Mrs. Jones. He was in control. He told Satan, "This far,
and no farther."
The second lesson we learn from all of this is the true nature of sin.
Hollywood has sinned greatly over against God and our country by
somehow managing to sterilize and glamorize violence in particular and
sin in general. There is nothing heroic or alluring about violence.
The real thing, in all its vile ugliness, has no resemblance
whatsoever to what we see on television. It is rather a reminder of
the natural sin that lies within each one of us. What we experienced
on Sunday was exactly the same evil that lies within each one of us
apart from Jesus Christ. Here we see, without any of the "lighting"
and "make-up," exactly what Jesus carried to the cross in our behalf.
There was and is nothing kind and gentle about sin. Satan has
succeeded in masking sin's true image. Occasionally we see it for what
it really is. All of this is in God's plan to bring us closer to His
Son and to thank and praise Hm with even greater appreciation for
delivering us from the evil that lives within the sinful flesh of each
one of us. In the second chapter of Ephesians our Lord tells us that
we all "were by nature the children of wrath, even as others." But in
v. 8 He goes on, "By grace you are saved through faith; and that not
of yourselves; it is a gift of God; not of works, lest any man should
Finally, we learn again that what Satan intends as disaster for
Christians, God turns into blessing. Satan intended this evil to
destroy not only a beloved Christian, but also an entire Christian
Church. By God's power and grace Satan has failed miserably. He did
not destroy a Christian, he was the instrument that God used to bring
her home to heaven. With the support of the Holy Spirit and the rest
of our Christian community, Satan has not destroyed this Christian
Church. God has used these events to make us all the stronger in our
faith, and in the hope and expectation of the life that is to come
when the Church Militant will be transformed into the Church
Triumphant. To this end the members of Grace Lutheran Church wish to
thank all of our Christian friends in and around Live Oak for their
kind words of support and encouragement. We ask you to keep all of us,
expecially the family of the survivors, in your prayers.
In His Service,
Michael J. Roehl, Pastor
We have been studying the Psalms in one of our study groups. In the
eleventh Psalm, v. 3, we came upon a question to which the community
of Christian believers can easily relate in our day: "When the
foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?"
We needn't take much time to make a case for the fact that the
foundations of society are being destroyed today. We see the standards
of morality and family life, which form the basis of society,
crumbling all around us.
Of all institutions within society, one would expect that the churches
would be leading the way in upholding divine standards and teachings,
thus forestalling societal erosion. Yet, we find many churches,
including mainline Christian churches -- abandoning even basic
doctrines of God's Word. Witness the fact that the largest Lutheran
synod in our nation, meeting in convention this summer in Minneapolis,
couldn't agree on a statement about human sexuality. As though the
Bible is unclear on, for example, the subject of homosexuality (but
see Romans ch. 1), they asked for more time to study the matter.
David had an answer for his friends who were tending to
lose heart at the inroads of the enemies of the faith: "The Lord is in
his holy temple; the Lord is on his heavenly throne. He observes the
sons of men; His eyes examine them. The Lord examines the righteous,
but the wicked and those who love violence His soul hates. On the
wicked He will rain fiery coals and burning sulfur; a scorching wind
will be their lot. For the Lord is righteous, He loves justice;
upright men will see his face" (Ps. 11:4-7).
In the first place, David says, don't doubt. Don't lose hope. Remember
that, although it seems otherwise, God is still in charge and in
control. No guilty party will get off the hook, even though surrounded
by a set of dream-team lawyers. Remember Sodom and Gomorrah. When
God comes in judgment, justice will prevail on all sides. He will
punish the guilty. He will take the "righteous" -- those who by faith
are covered with the righteousness of Jesus, their Savior -- to the
perfect bliss of heaven.
Meanwhile, what can and should believers be doing? How can they and
theirs avoid becoming victims of societal decay and ruin? Read the
first Psalm. Who are those who will stand firm when the foundations
are crumbling? Those who are students in the "law of the Lord" (the
Word of God), meditating upon it "day and night."
Note the word "student". One hour of Sunday worship will not be enough.
As one Bible commentator writes: "Christians cannot expect to resist the
values of the unbelieving world if they devote one hour of the week to
meditating on God's Word and the other 167 hours to providing for the
needs of their bodies and worldly entertainment."
Consider again regular family devotions (prayer) and personal Bible
study. When confronted with temptations or faced with difficult
decisions in daily life, cultivate the good habit of remembering and
applying the truths of God's Word.
And, poor beleaguered soul, when all is said and done remember: when
the foundations of society are being undermined, the assurance holds:
"The Lord will be the sure foundation for your times" (Isaiah 33:6).
Even when wickedness and falsehood flourish, "God's solid foundation
stands firm, sealed with this inscription: 'The Lord knows those who
are His,' and 'Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn
away from wickedness'" (2 Timothy 2:19). need to go to church.
--Pastor Paul Fleischer
Meet: Sarah Lau
Sarah Lau is presently teaching at Trinity Lutheran School in
Watertown, South Dakota. She received her teaching degree from
Immanuel Lutheran College, Eau Claire, Wis. upon graduating in May,
Although she was enrolled in the teaching program at ILC, Sarah had
not planned on becoming a teacher after graduating. The summer prior
to her senior year she was asked to teach Vacation Bible School. This
positive experience convinced her that she should give teaching a
Her favorite subject to teach is math. She finds it encouraging when
students help each other learn in a multi-grade classroom. Outside of
school she enjoys a variety of sports and visiting with family and
friends. Her favorite game at recess is the one that leads to the
Sarah is the daughter of Professor David and Susan Lau of Eau
Change Of Address
Mr. Kevin Hulke
1529 Third Avenue
Mankato, MN 56001
Phone (507) 625-6110
School (507) 345-3027
Mr. Thomas Skinner
201 31st Street SW
Austin, MN 55912
Phone (507) 437-1968
School (507) 433-8191
Women of the CLC are invited to attend a luncheon to be held at
Messiah Lutheran Church of Eau Claire on Wednesday, June 19, 1996
during the CLC Convention. Those attending may bring displays or
crafts by 10:00 a.m. on the day of the luncheon.
Please send responses, together with $4.50 to cover expenses, to Susan
Lau, 507 Ingram Drive West, Eau Claire, WI 54701 by May 31.
Nomination For ILC President
The Board of Regents for ILC invites comments from the members of the
CLC regarding the nominaiton of Prof. John Lau as President of
Immanuel Lutheran College. He was the only one nominated. Please have
comments in the hands of Pastor Mike Sydow, Secretary of the Board of
Regents, before April 13, 1996. His address is N1521 State Rd 73,
Markesan, WI 53946
The Board of Regents for Immanuel Lutheran College annnounces the
following nominations to till the vacancy created by the retirement of
Prof. Paul Koch (See January 1996 issue of the Lutheran Spokesman for
the description of this position):
Mark Bernthal Daniel Schierenbeck
Vance Fossum Gene Schreyer
Rick Grams Michael Sippert
Paul Gurgel Paul Sullivan
Douglas Libby Michael Sydow
All comments from members of CLC congregations regarding these
nominees should be in the hands of the undersigned no later than March
Mr. Marlin Beekman
ILC Board of Regents
Eau Claire, WI 54701
Call For Nominations
The Board of Regents for Immanuel Lutheran College invites voting
members of CLC congregations to nominate an individual or individuals
to fill the vacancy on the ILC faculty created by Professor P. D.
Nolting's acceptance of the call to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Mankato,
Minnesota. The man nominated should be theologically trained, with
pastoral experience. The primary teaching responsibilities of this
position will be in the areas of Religion and Social Studies. Other
assignments will be determined upon mutual agreement in accordance
with needs and corresponding ability.
Those placing nominations are encouraged to include information
regarding their nominee's educational background and experience. They
should also indicate how their nominee might help our school in
supervising extracurricular activities (music, theatre, sports,
Note: Names submitted as nominees to fill the vacancy created on the
ILC faculty by the forthcoming retirement of Professor Koch will need
to be resubmitted if they are to be considered as nominees for the
Please send your nominations, postmarked no later than March 8, 1996
Mr. Marlin Beekman
ILC Board of Regents
Eau Claire, WI 54701
An Invitation To Special Observances At Immanuel Lutheran College --
Eau CLaire, Wisconsin on May 17 & 18, 1996
On the evening of May 17 at 7:00 the new ILC Commons will be dedicated
at a special service (outside, weather permitting). The ILC Graduation
Concert will follow.
After the concert our campus visitors are invited to a reception in
honor of professors Paul Koch, Robert Rehm, Dean Carstensen, and Paul
D. Nolting, who will be leaving ILC after the current school year. The
faithful service of these men will also be acknowledged in connection
with the graduation ceremonies on Saturday, May 18.
We would like to present a monetary gift to each of these servants of
our church on graduation day, as a token of our appreciation. CLC
members are invited to contribute to a "purse" that will be shared by
the four men. Please make your checks payable to Immanuel Lutheran
College, and stipulate: for the "professors' purse." Send your gifts
Lowell Moen, ILC Business Manager
Immanuel Lutheran College
501 Grover Road
Eau Claire, WI 54701
Pastor Vance Fossum, Chairman
In the article entitled "A King-sized Bed" in the January 1996
the following sentence can be misunderstood: "During that time no
shameful desire or thought ever crossed His mind." A clearer sentence
would be: "Our sinless Savior was subjected to every human temptation
and not once yielded to sin." (This suggested clarification was
submitted to me by the author of the article -- Editor)
1996 Tour Choir
Immanuel Lutheran College
March 24 . . . Trinity, Millston, Wis. 10:15 a.m.
March 30 . . . Grace, Fridley, Minn. 7:30 p.m.
March 31 . . . Mt. Olive, Detroit Lakes, Minn. 1:00 p.m.
March 31 . . . Our Savior's, Jamestown, N.D. 7:30 p.m.
April 1 . . . St. Paul, Bismarck, N.D. 7:30 p.m.
April 2 . . . St. Luke's, Lemmon, S.D. 7:30 p.m.
April 3 . . . Good Shepherd, Rapid City, S.D. 7:30 p.m.
April 4 . . . Redeemer, Bowdle, S.D. 7:30 p.m.
April 5 . . . Trinity, Watertown, S.D. 1:00 p.m.
April 5 . . . St. John's, Okabena, Minn. 7:30 p.m.
April 6 . . . Faith, New Ulm, Minn. 7:00 p.m.
April 7 . . . Berea, Inver Grove Heights, Minn. 9:30 a.m.
April 14 . . . Messiah, Eau Claire, Wisc. 7:00 p.m.
Please confirm concert times with local congregations.
--John Reim, Director