Pastor Fritz Foltz

Lesson 2: The History of Church and State

Lesson 2: The History of Church and State

If the Bible can pretty much be read as God’s Word speaking truth to human political power, Church history is more diverse. It offers a variety of relationships in different periods. Before  we examine what is going on in the present, it would be helpful to trace very quickly what went on in the past.  […]

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Lesson 1: The Bible is About Politics

Lesson 1: The Bible is About Politics

When I entered the ministry back in the early 1960s, pastors were warned not to get too political in the pulpit or they would lose their tax exemption. John Kennedy was elected president after promising his Catholic faith would not influence his politics. And everyone I knew tried to separate church and state. Then all […]

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Lesson 13: Conclusion (Part 2)

Lesson 13: Conclusion (Part 2)

After three months of fairly intensive study, it is probably time to end this series. If I had to mention one take-away it would be our present inability to dal adequately with the mystery of a pregnant woman carrying a child. Many in the Pro-Life camp speak of the unborn child as an independent person […]

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Lesson 11: When Does Life Begin?

Lesson 11: When Does Life Begin?

A few of you asked  about the official position of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America concerning when life begins. That was the question we were asking in the 1960s. When we were unable to  find consensus, we did the best we could with the compromise of Roe vs Wade. Now, many conservatives are insisting […]

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Lesson 10: What is Life?

Lesson 10: What is Life?

The present abortion debate taking place in our society revolves around the question, “When are we dealing with a life that should be protected by civil law?” Answering the question adequately involves some understanding of what comprises life. We seldom talk about that because we assume everyone knows or at least senses what life is. […]

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Lesson 9: The Role of Technology

Lesson 9: The Role of Technology

Back in the last century when ministeriums discussed their differing viewpoints in hopes of finding a resolution for the community, this joke was often told: “Three people discuss abortion. A man says he does not believe in it, because his religion says it is wrong. A woman says she does believe in it because her […]

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Lesson 15: Community Beyond Family

Lesson 15: Community Beyond Family

It is obvious one difference between Jesus’ community and the modern Church has to do with his band treating its members with the intimacy usually associated with the biological family. They shared their money and loved unconditionally as would be expected in most families. As soon as we recognize this, many of Jesus’ tough sayings […]

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Paint Yourself Into the Nativity

Paint Yourself Into the Nativity

Shortly after we were married, Faith and I purchased a wonderful reproduction of Hugo van der Goes, “The Adoration of the Child Jesus.” It is a triptych done on three wooden panels about eight inches high which we have set on our mantles, tables, and desks. For 47 years, it has been at the center […]

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Lesson 2: Freedom in the Theology of the Cross

Lesson 2: Freedom in the Theology of the Cross

Freedom has become a big issue during the pandemic. Many politicians claim refusing to wear masks is your patriotic duty for it opposes authoritarian mandates. They call on their followers to choose to live as free people. Some water down their position  by rationalizing that the COVID virus is not as deadly as scientists maintain, but […]

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Lesson 49: What is Islam?

Lesson 49: What is Islam?

Before starting a new online course, let me offer few words about Islam. Lately people have been asking if there something about it that fosters the violence of its radical fundamentalists. I often ask the same thing about Christianity that I regard as a loving peace movement. It is easy to come up with scholarly […]

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