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Four leaders at Asia Lutheran Seminary

Now is still the time

Twenty years after it opened, Asia Lutheran Seminary continues to train national pastors and evangelists, now expanding to cover all of Asia.

Jonathan Bare

It was the right time. On May 29, 2005, Dr. John Lawrenz preached the opening sermon at Asia Lutheran Seminary (ALS). His theme was “Now is the time.”

Three years earlier, WELS World Missions had commissioned a committee to create a proposal for reaching East Asia with the gospel. “Now is the time,” they reported, quoting 2 Corinthians 6:1,2 . . .

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Rev. Dr. John Lawrenz teaching at Asia Lutheran Seminary
Rev. Dr. John Lawrenz with students in Asia
Dr. John Lawrenz (pictured in both photos) was the first president of Asia Lutheran Seminary in Hong Kong.

Watch the recording of the May 28 Bible study

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On May 28, Pastor Greg Lyon led a live, online Bible study based on his May FIC Bible study, "What if it's true . . . that you are a child of God." If you struggle with your identity in Christ, this study is for you.

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Throughout the pages of Scripture, God makes clear the importance of prayer in the life of a Christian. Jesus himself prayed regularly. During his travels, Paul repeatedly entreated Christian churches to pray in all circumstances. So how can churches . . .

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