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|Comment||Thank you for your interesting and thoughtful reply. I was aware of the historical connection to the Nazi infiltration during WWII. and the presence of the American flag in churches across the nation - not just the German Lutheran Church. However, I feel the presence of the American flag in the sanctuary is even more important at this time in our country with the threat of radical extremists and ISIS. I would not advocate for the flag to take a predominant place on the altar, but in our church, I will continue to support the American flag displayed in the sanctuary. After all, we have Christmas trees displayed at Christmas and that certainly is not a Christian symbol. I put no one or nothing ahead of God in my life, but having the symbol of who I am as an American is not contrary to my religious beliefs.|
I welcome the opportunity to answer questions regarding the beliefs and practices Lutheran Christians, especially questions comparing Lutherans with other Christian denominations or questions which contrast between various kinds of Lutherans. I am especially familiar with the more conservative Lutheran denominations (LCMS, ELS, WELS, etc.). I also take a great interest in examining new Christian movements and popular trends in Christianity from a Lutheran perspective. In addition, I can answer most questions about the original Greek text of the New Testament and its meaning, as well as questions regarding liturgy, evangelism, and preaching. A special area of interest in my ministry is race track chaplaincy/ministry, and I would love to provide information and guidance for anyone interested in this area.
I have been a pastor in the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod for the past six years at St. John's Lutheran Church in Burt, IA. I currently serve as chairman of the Commission on Ministerial Growth & Support of the Missouri Synod's Iowa District West and as Track Chaplain at Algona Raceway in Algona, IA. I also write as a religion columnist for two local newspapers.
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod
Algona Upper Des Moines (newspaper) Bancroft Register (newspaper)
B.A. Concordia University - Ann Arbor, MI (Biblical Languages) M.Div. Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN (Exegetical Theology, Pastoral Ministry & Missions)
Zion Lutheran Church (Columbia City, IN) Zion Lutheran Church (Altamont, IL) St. John's Lutheran Church (Burt, IA) Zion Lutheran Church (Lu Verne, IA) Algona Raceway (IA) Fairmont Raceway (MN) Hancock County Speedway (Britt, IA) Clay County Fairgrounds Raceway (Spencer, IA)