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Change of Address

Pastor & Mrs. Karl Neumann
P. O. Box 255
Kimball, MN 55353
Phone (320) 398-2996

French Translator Needed

Pastor Blanchard of our sister church in France will likely be completing a church history booklet in January. Is there anyone qualified and interested in doing a translation of this into English? Contact: Pastor Koenig at When the completion date gets closer, more information can also be gotten.

Statement of Ownership, Management, and Circulation

The Lutheran Spokesman, with a current circulation of 2,260 and a total distribution of 2,375, is owned and managed by the Church of the Lutheran Confession of 201 Princess Drive, Corpus Christi, Texas 78410-1615.

Daily Devotions Insert

Again this year we thank Professor emeritus Paul R. Koch, who compiled the 2002 daily Scripture readings for Home Devotions, together with theme and hymn stanzas.

God bless you, dear reader, in your faithful use of these readings.


A reader wrote to ask a couple questions regarding Pastor Schierenbeck’s article (“The wonderful works of God–in our own language!” October 2001, p. 7-8). Acknowledging some lack of clarity, Pastor Schierenbeck responds that it would be more accurate if a couple of sentences had read as follows: “Luther’s first translation of the New Testament into German was published in September of 1522. His complete translation of the entire Bible did not take place until 1534.” Another sentence on p. 7, the author says, could be clarified to read: “Jerome’s Latin ‘Vulgate’ was the prevalent translation of the Bible available.”

The same astute reader mentioned that yours truly in his European trip report (SMORGASBORD, same issue, p. 13) had “removed Salzburg from Austria” and had misspelled “Innsbruck.” As we blush, we learn.

–The Editor

Blessed Christmas and New Year!

Since the celebration of the Christmas event twelve months ago, our nation has been attacked on its home shores and has subsequently gone to war to defend itself.

Such events in no way alter the genuinely Christian exchange of greetings and wishes connected with the birth of the Prince of Peace at Christmas, or the assurance of the abiding presence of the eternal God–our Help in ages past, our Hope for years to come.

Seasonal holiday and new year’s greetings to you, our readers! Our wishes are wrapped up nicely in the words of Paul Gerhardt’s Advent hymn of welcome to the coming King:

He comes to judge the nations,
A terror to His foes,
A Light of consolations
And blessed Hope to those
Who love the Lord's appearing.
O glorious Sun, now come,
Send forth Thy beams more cheering,
And guide us safely home.
(TLH 58:9)

–Pastor Paul Fleischer, Editor

COVER: Matt Schaser