Pastor Fritz Foltz

Pastor Foltz is Pastor Emeritus of Saint James Lutheran Church in Gettysburg, PA and author of the the Frontline Study content.

Lesson 12: Participation in Creation’s Redemption – Hope

Lesson 12: Participation in Creation’s Redemption – Hope

Juan made the perfect transition by citing St. Francis’ prayer, “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace”. We have been trained to (mis?)read Christianity primarily as a preparation for an afterlife. In order to appreciate fully God’s love we should be placing more emphasis on participating in the history of salvation here and now. […]

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Lesson 14: War and Peace

Lesson 14: War and Peace

Lupe suggested we have to redefine sin in our time. That is at the back of many of the youth’s discussions. They charge the adult world of ignoring or denying what is going on and so failing to provide ethical insight. A good example is war and peace. The adult society acts as if we […]

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Lesson 13:  Handling Sin

Lesson 13: Handling Sin

As I reported last week the Young Adult Reading Group discussed sin for several months. Each meeting they shared their ideas about a topic or two, such as lying on a resume and euthanasia. At the end of the sessions, they wanted to discuss ways for handling sin. My background paper follows. You can check […]

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Lesson 12:  Sin

Lesson 12: Sin

David Brooks recently reported on polls that show young people do not have the tools to think or act ethically. He seemed surprised when these surveys reported young people react to moral problems according to whether an option makes them feel good or not. . My response to Brook’s article was “Where have you been?” […]

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Lesson 11:  Olympic Athletes and Drug Use

Lesson 11: Olympic Athletes and Drug Use

Every four years I suggest we discuss an article, “Over the Edge” that Sports Illustrated published in 1997. It contains two questions Bob Goldman asked Olympic-level U.S. athletes every two years since 1982.The first was “If you were offered a banned performance-enhancing substance with two guarantees: 1) You will not be caught. 2) You will […]

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Lesson 10:  Is Pat Tillman Saved?

Lesson 10: Is Pat Tillman Saved?

When the young woman asked the question as a topic for the next meeting, I did not know what she meant. But the group expressed their approval, so I unraveled it before writing the paper that follows. You can read about their discussion in the first comment. Is Pat Tillman Saved? Anna asked a very […]

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Lesson 9: Reading Difficult Bible Passages

Lesson 9: Reading Difficult Bible Passages

As soon as one of the youth said she would like to look at passages in the Bible that are hard to believe, I began to worry.  Was this a way to challenge my interpretation?  Would they take my views home to their disapproving parents? I was afraid they wanted the black and white positions […]

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Lesson 8: Fundamentalism

Lesson 8: Fundamentalism

It is well worth reading John and Bob’s online comments as well as Campbell and Putnam’s research.   My son and I came up with the same expectations several years ago when researching how Fundamentalism is a natural danger in a technological society. Too many people in our time think Fundamentalism is about reading the […]

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Lesson 7: A Guide for Christian Politics

Lesson 7: A Guide for Christian Politics

Way back in 2004, the high school reading groups wanted to discuss why a number of people in our area were acting as if all Christians had to be members of the Republican Party. This is pretty significant, because most people in our county are Republicans and that includes most of their parents. The kids […]

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Lesson 6: The Tea Party

Lesson 6: The Tea Party

The responses I received to last week’s lesson all characterized our present situation as fear of losing our way of life. Some spoke of the Christian nation, one of white Protestantism, and another of Roman Catholic culture. It is worth reading Bob’s comment for a fine perspective. I think the high students sensed this way […]

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