costofnotdoingbusineses 

A COP assignment has led me to rethink certain parables Jesus told. Whether it's the parable of the talents or the parable of the minas, there's been a debate over what it means to be "faithful."

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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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