REBLOGGED FROM: Rev. Alan Ludwig’s LCMC-MISSION LETTER 40
Pastor Ludwig serves in Novosibirsk, Siberia, Russia at the Lutheran Seminary
[COMPENDIUM: This is NOV. 2013 Newsletter by Rev. Alan Ludwig, Professor-Missionary, at the Lutheran Seminary in Novosibirsk, Russia]
Pastor Ludwig’s Nov. 2013 Newsletter can be downloaded here from the LCMS-Missionary Webpage for Pastor Ludwig:
It’s very interesting to read the comparison of the Western Lutheran Church (LCMS) with the Eastern Lutheran Church (SELC).
To support Pastor Ludwig’s work, please go to this page:
[COMPENDIUM: Our Lutheran Prof.-Missionary, Rev. Alan Ludwig, is located in Siberia, Russia. He teaches men who wish to become pastors at the Lutheran Seminary. For 14 years he has given the SELC, sister church of LCMS, men to build their churches in Siberia. It is remarkable that the ministry of the new Lutheran pastors in Siberia continues to grow and share the Word of God with many people across such a vast land.
I chose this blog as most Americans think today in terms of the Communist era, where people could not worship or speak about anything they wanted. When news of Russia regulating something comes out, we tend to think they are again tightening the screws, so to speak. BUT- this is not so! Thank you Rev. Ludwig for allowing me to reblog your post here.]
One of Americans’ most cherished—and most misunderstood—rights is the right of free speech. Most of us are at least vaguely aware that there are limits to public free speech, but how many of us stop to consider how these boundaries have radically shifted? Until the last several decades, it was acceptable, for instance, to tell jokes about minority races, women, and handicapped persons. On the other hand, profanity and vulgarity were unacceptable. Now the reverse is true. A public university professor may use as many four-letter words as he wishes in his lectures, but may lose his position over a single real or perceived racial slur. I’m not passing judgment on which is better; I’m simply pointing out the radical shift.
Free Speech in Russia?
American politicians and news media lead the public to believe that there’s little free speech in Russia. Wherever I speak in America about my work, the question comes up: What about free speech? Can you say what you want?
My answer is, Yes, I can. And so can others. There is indeed free speech in Russia. It’s just that the limits are set in quite different places than in America. Americans need to understand this if they want to grasp the real significance of news and events in post-Soviet Russia.
REBLOGGED FROM LCMSSERMONS.COM
Pastor David Ernst
Sixth Sunday after Trinity
La Caramuca Lutheran Mission
Grace and peace in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Who of you confirmed members remember the Ten Commandments? What is the Fifth Commandment? Number five? Do not kill, that is correct. In our text for today, our Lord speaks of this commandment: “You have heard it said by the ancients: Thou shalt not kill: and whoever kills shall be liable to judgment.”
But before this, Jesus said, “I tell you that unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” He had criticized the Pharisees and scribes for their hypocrisy, but now he commands his followers that they should be more just than the Pharisees and scribes.
But, are we not justified by faith alone, not by good works? What does this mean? First, the gospel does not negate the law. The law is still God’s holy will for our lives. However, Christ delivered us from the slavery of sin by His suffering and death on the cross.
Sin came into the world by the devil, who rebelled against God first, and by man, who by his own will was seduced to sin. So now for us, there are two kinds of sin: original sin and current sin.
Original sin is the total corruption of all human nature, that we have inherited from Adam through our parents. Original sin blames us, condemns us and leaves us all without true fear and love of God, spiritually blind, dead and enemies of God.
Thank God that in holy baptism, we receive by faith the new spiritual life in Christ, free from the condemnation that we inherited from Adam and Eve.
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