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October sneak-peek

WELS President Mark Schroeder's October column, titled "Hope for the future," is based on reflections from his time at the WELS International Youth Rally.

I grew up in the 1960s. Anyone who lived through those years will remember that those were turbulent, violent, and unsettling times, when events seemed to threaten the very foundation of our nation. In fourth grade, we learned what the word assassination meant when John F. Kennedy was struck down. The assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy followed within five years.

Those were also the years when the war in Vietnam was raging. I remember the evening news daily reporting the growing number of Americans killed in action. In reaction to that war, violent demonstrations broke out on college campuses across the nation. At Kent State University in Ohio, National Guard troops killed four protesting students.

The tumult was not limited to politics. The younger generation seemed intent on rejecting everything their parents and grandparents had believed in. Time-honored institutions and values were ridiculed. Woodstock became the symbol of a culture that had turned away from everything the previous generations had valued and respected.

At the time, I don’t think we realized just how close our country came to being torn apart. But somehow, by God’s grace, our nation survived those years and enjoyed relative peace and prosperity in the decades that followed.

When I was at our synod’s youth rally last summer, I looked out on two thousand WELS teens and recalled those years of the 1960s and my own teenage years.
October FIC Cover, pastor preparing communion

Check out the October digital issue

Forward in Christ is offering access to the October digital issue to all readers. Due to industry-wide paper shortages and challenges with our printer’s workforce, the October print issue is arriving to our subscribers later than we intended. We apologize for the delay and encourage readers to check out the digital issue until the print issue arrives.
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Have you read these articles from the September issue?

Confessions of faith: Clark Woods

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Please explain: What does it mean to give up everything to follow Jesus?

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Imagine living on top of a 50-foot pillar on a platform only about 10 square feet. This is where you live for 37 years. Your diet consists of little more than a few pieces of bread and goat’s milk each day. You spend your days in prayer and meditation. Is that what it means to give up everything to follow Jesus? . . .

Take a look at this news from the October issue:

Doing their thing their way

The 2022 seminary graduates and their instructors from Christ the King Lutheran Church of Nigeria and All Saints Lutheran Church of Nigeria
In May and June of this year, three of WELS’ sister church bodies in Cameroon and Nigeria graduated a combined 25 men after five years of seminary studies. Seven of those men will serve as pastors in the Lutheran Church of Cameroon (LCC); nine will serve Christ the King Lutheran Church of Nigeria; and nine . . .

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