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“In outer space, no one can hear you scream.” So read the foreboding advertisement for the 1979 sci-fi thriller, Alien. Sometimes fictional space creatures don’t provide the biggest scare. Having recently watched the box office hit, Gravity several weeks ago, I can say that I came away more uneasy from that than from watching yesteryear’s Alien. Here’s why:

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CUAA-50th

Yesterday (Sept 29) “our Concordia,” Concordia University, Ann Arbor, celebrated its 50th anniversary with two events. The first was an excellent worship service in the Chapel of the Holy Trinity. It was truly a service of praise and thanksgiving to God. For a service to fulfill that aim, there needs to be a lot of singing. Good singing. You expect a service of prayer and preaching to live up to its title with those elements done well; you expect to receive the Lord’s Supper in the Mass.

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baptism

Walk into most of our congregations on a Sunday morning and you will notice an age gap: there aren’t many twenty- or thirty-somethings present. It used to be true that those age groups would return once they were out of school and married with children. But today, it seems that more of them have simply pulled up stakes and gone elsewhere.

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