Pastor Fritz Foltz

Pastor Foltz is Pastor Emeritus of Saint James Lutheran Church in Gettysburg, PA and author of the the Frontline Study content.

Lesson 16: Electronic Separation (Online Baptism )

Lesson 16: Electronic Separation (Online Baptism )

Yesterday I participated in an electronic baptismal service. At the appropriate time in my live-streamed worship, a recording of a baptism that had taken place the previous week was played. The father, mother, child, and godparents were gathered in the nave around the baptismal font. A retired pastor officiated from his home. The parents wanted […]

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Lesson 15: Electronic Separation  (Online Communion)

Lesson 15: Electronic Separation (Online Communion)

I expect we all know life after the pandemic will feature a lot more electronic communication. Zoom is here to stay. I reluctantly have come to accept this after sharing conversations with my sons-in-law while we vacationed together. Both pastor very fine Lutheran congregations and are preparing for a different kind of ministry. People are […]

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Lesson 14: Uncertainty

Lesson 14: Uncertainty

As some of you know, Stephen Hawking in 2000 spoke of the 21st century promising to be an age of uncertainty. He was speaking about the possibility of discovering a unified theory that would go beyond what we consider the basic laws of science such as gravity, the laws that govern matter and provide meaning […]

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Lesson 13: Resolving Differences

Lesson 13: Resolving Differences

Throughout the pandemic, I constantly have been asked two questions: “What can we learn to make things better when things get back to normal?” and “What can we do to facilitate a healing dialogue between the two warring political or religious groups?” I have come to think these are not helpful, even though I presumed […]

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Lesson 12:  A Christian Response to  9-11

Lesson 12: A Christian Response to 9-11

As we ponder actions appropriate for responding to the current pandemic, it might be helpful to think of what might have been a Christian response to the 9-11 terrorism. The Company at Kirkridge gathered after that life-changing event to discuss elements of an authentic faith after that tragedy. We had all read some Huston Smith […]

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Lesson 11: A Christian Lifestyle

Lesson 11: A Christian Lifestyle

In response to Paul’s request for actions that Christians could take in the pandemic, I decided to repost the “Lifestyle of the Company at Kirkridge.” It was my alternative community for many decades. Over those years the discipline of the Company changed to keep in tune with the times. Constant was meeting with the group […]

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Lesson 10: So What?

Lesson 10: So What?

Paul responded to my last post suggesting it is time to talk about steps we can take in order to address the present crisis. He agreed it is important to share the narratives that give meaning and purpose to our lives. However, there comes a time to get down to action. Otherwise, he wrote colorfully, […]

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Lesson 9: Foreign Invasion

Lesson 9: Foreign Invasion

Hundreds of heavily armed men and women invaded Gettysburg, my hometown, on July 4. They occupied sacred land and patrolled battlefield roads seeking the enemy. When asked why they came, they readily claimed to be patriots who were preserving our heritage. In fact, they were responding to a social media post supposedly from ANTIFA that […]

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Lesson 8: Fairness

Lesson 8: Fairness

The pandemic immediately revealed it is not realistic for our society to base all its decisions on the economic market. As soon as the crisis hit, we began talking about the right for all of our citizens to food, housing, medical care, and a basic income. Without much reflection, the government quickly sent emergency funds […]

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