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Terminal Illness-Choose Treatment or Not

Question #1: Hey Pastor, I have a question!? My question pertains to how a person is to react when a doctor informs them that they have a terminal illness.? If the doctor indicates that there are treatments that may prolong his life, yet because the ill person will face days of illness and perhaps even (Read the rest…)

Using First Names of Public Officials in Prayer of the Day

Question: Hey Pastor, I have a question!? Sometimes when the Prayer of the Church is offered, you offer prayers for President George Bush, Governor Rod Blagojevich and others who are in public authority.? You also lead us in prayer for those elected to positions over us within the church, such as LCMS President Rev. Gerald (Read the rest…)

Pastors’ Hospital Visits

Hospital stays can be difficult.? Strange beds, little privacy, constant noise and activity, and the absence of familiar faces make hospital stays difficult.? Of course, all of this is on top of whatever pain or sickness has brought one to the hospital in the first place.? During such times, Pastor Rock and I are privileged (Read the rest…)

Organized Religion

Question: Hey Pastor, I have a family member whom I love dearly, but we could not be more far apart on our religious views.? She isn?t comfortable with ?organized religion? and feels that she can have a relationship with God without going to church.? What should I tell her? Answer: Thank you for your question.? (Read the rest…)


Question: Hey Pastor, I have a question!? Is cremation wrong?? Is it considered to be a Christian practice and what is the position of The Lutheran Church?Missouri Synod on this issue? Answer: For the answer to your question I referred to a copy of The Lutheran Witness from several months ago.? (By the way, orders (Read the rest…)

What Is A Vicar?

Question: I?m new to Zion and to being a Lutheran, so bear with me.? I?ve heard lately that we?re getting a vicar.? My family and I were wondering what a vicar is/does.? My son said that he thought a vicar was someone who is an assistant to you.? I looked it up on the internet (Read the rest…)

Where Does Temptation Originate

Question: Hey Pastor, I have a question!!? In the 6th Petition of the Lord?s Prayer, we pray:? ??and lead us not into temptation.? What exactly is meant by that?? I thought that God NEVER leads anyone into temptation; yet, when you look at these words on their own, it appears that He would indeed lead (Read the rest…)

What Is The Gospel Of Judas

Question: Hey Pastor, I have a question!? What is this new ?Gospel of Judas? that made the news a few weeks ago?? I watched the television program broadcast on the National Geographic channel.? Some of what they said confused me.? Will this book be inserted in Bibles that are printed from now on? Answer: You (Read the rest…)

Was Mark 16 V 9-20 Original Manuscript

Question: Hey Pastor, I have a question!? I just finished the 16th chapter of Mark.? In both of my Bibles, there is a little message that states that verses 9-20 of chapter 16 are not in the original manuscripts.? Does this mean that the verses may or may not have occurred?? Could you explain this (Read the rest…)

Was Jesus Really Born on Dec 25th

Question: Hey Pastor, I have a question!? I was talking with some friends about Christmas.? They said that Jesus really wasn?t born on December 25th.? If that is true, then why do we Christians celebrate Jesus? birthday on that day? Answer: Thanks for your timely, ?season-specific? question.? Your question has some interesting points for us (Read the rest…)