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I welcome the opportunity to answer questions comparing and contrasting the various traditions of Christianity, particuarly in relationship to the Reformation Traditions (Lutheran, Calvinist, etc.). As a Lutheran, I am part of a tradition which many people consider protestant, yet which often stands in sharp contrast to the rest of the non-Catholic portion of Christianity. As a Lutheran theologian, I therefore find myself in a unique position to comment on the strenghts and weaknesses of protestant Christianity, since I am quite sympathetic to many of the critiques of generic protestantism, yet at the same time distinct from the Catholic and Orthodox who typically find the most to critique in the movement. I also take a great interest in examining new Christian movements and popular trends in Christianity from a Lutheran perspective. I have particular expertiese regarding the original Greek text of the New Testament and its meaning, as well as questions regarding liturgy, evangelism, and preaching.
I have been a pastor in the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod for the past six years at St. John's Lutheran Church in Burt, IA. I currently serve as chairman of the Commission on Ministerial Growth & Support of the Missouri Synod's Iowa District West and as Track Chaplain at Algona Raceway in Algona, IA. I also write as a religion columnist for two local newspapers.
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod
B.A. Concordia University - Ann Arbor, MI (Biblical Languages) M.Div. Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN (Exegetical Theology, Pastoral Ministry & Missions)
Zion Lutheran Church (Columbia City, IN) Zion Lutheran Church (Altamont, IL) St. John's Lutheran Church (Burt, IA) Zion Lutheran Church (Lu Verne, IA) Algona Raceway (IA) Fairmont Raceway (MN) Hancock County Speedway (Britt, IA) Clay County Fairgrounds Raceway (Spencer, IA)
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