communionrail

With the Christmas season bearing down upon us, it might be a good time to talk about an issue that touches all of our congregations and is a continual source of frustration: communion practice. Generally speaking, I have found that Ohio District congregations communicate well that we believe in the real presence of Christ in, with, and under the elements of bread and wine.

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wolf

Some of you will remember that ten years ago or so we heard the warning that Synod was going to be short of pastors. Officials urged men to enroll in our seminaries to meet the anticipated need. They did. But then came something no one foresaw: an economic downturn that convinced many pastors that retirement at age 62 might not be in their best interest. And so they continued to serve their congregations, causing the shortage to vanish. For several years our seminaries' heads of placement had to ask District Presidents to please find more congregations for the sudden surplus of graduates.

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robotics

I watched a disturbing video the other day. You can find it on youtube listed at the end of this article. It is called, “Humans Need Not Apply.” The video paints a troublesome future as the world turns more and more to robotics. Near the end of the video the presenter lists thousands of jobs that will no longer exist as machines grab more of our work. He suggests that we could experience unemployment at the rate of 45%. If you think it is only lower paying blue collar workers who will suffer, you are wrong. Significant numbers of doctors, lawyers, composers, mathematicians, and writers will also experience the shock.

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