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 4: The Loss of Community and Tradition

Lesson 4: The Loss of Community and Tradition

The online comments have represented the two primary responses I have been getting to the first chapters in the book. The first, voiced by Lupe, Paul, and Don, rather powerfully express how people have used God’s Word to oppress and massacre. The second, posted by Derek, readily agrees we are seeing the loss of caring […]

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Lesson 3: Online Christian Communities

Lesson 3: Online Christian Communities

I always shudder when theologians predict we shall all be worshipping in online churches before long. I imagine they are trying to show that they are on the cutting edge of history. However, I doubt if they have given much thought to the limitations of electronic communities. When my son and I studied online churches […]

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Lesson 2: Technology as a Biblical Power

Lesson 2: Technology as a Biblical Power

Last week, I described our life in a technological society that integrates tools and techniques in sophisticated all-pervasive systems. Although these systems have brought us tremendous benefits, they have also created an environment that pretty much demands compliance with their features. When making decisions in the past we had to consider the effect on other […]

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Lesson 1: Technology

Lesson 1: Technology

One of the theses of our book is that modern science-based technology has created a society that offers a new kind of challenge to Christian thought and practice. In the past, we thought of technology primarily as using tools to overcome human limitations. Over the years, we added technique, an orderly, step- by- step way […]

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Introduction: The Blessed Ambiguity of  Words

Introduction: The Blessed Ambiguity of Words

This series follows some of the thoughts in Faith, Hope, and Love in the Technological Society, the book that my son, Franz, and I recently wrote. One of its main theses is that God speaks to us when members of the community converse about their religious experiences and insights. The assumption is that these conversations […]

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Introduction: A Summary of the Book

Introduction: A Summary of the Book

I plan to begin the lessons based on the book Faith, Hope, and Love in the Technological Society next week. Of course, I hope that you will buy a copy for $25 from Amazon (just click on the book; a portion benefits St. Judes) or for $20 from the publisher, Wipf and Stock, at 541-344-1528 […]

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Introduction: A Few Preliminary Thoughts

Introduction: A Few Preliminary Thoughts

I have three face-to-face study groups, all of which begin in October, so I am going to mark some time before starting the next online series. Because I plan to use the book my son and I recently published in all four groups, coordinating the lessons will make my life far more manageable. With that […]

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Lesson 20: Church and State

Lesson 20: Church and State

Let’s end this series by reminding ourselves there is no one biblical position on how God’s people should relate to the political state. Beyond that, the Bible offers no approved Christian relationship. Instead, we find a variety of perspectives that change according to the situation. Paul says to obey the Roman Empire; John says to […]

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Lesson 19: The Political and Technological Environments

Lesson 19: The Political and Technological Environments

Father Jude caught my attention when he described the State as being the environment in which the Church exists. He reported that he framed his argument this way in order to make clear the Church has to play by the rules of the State. Be assured, he is speaking about the Church as a human […]

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Lesson 18: Freedom of Religion

Lesson 18: Freedom of Religion

I think the widely ignored freedom of religion movement indicates the problem Christianity faces in a modern democracy. People in my circles thought the advocates were a paranoid minority of various church bodies. Now those paranoids control our government. Let me chart what I think developed in my lifetime. When I entered the ministry, pastors […]

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