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 4: Three Christian Ways

Lesson 4: Three Christian Ways

I have been using 2000 year-old biblical language to lay our groundwork. Bob reminds us we often must translate this into contemporary concepts by noting that science teaches us natural diasters are not “evil.” Lupe suggests more helpful biblical language used by the Gospel of John to describe evil as darkness that is overcome by […]

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Lesson 3: Cause of Suffering

Lesson 3: Cause of Suffering

After writing, “Suffering is inevitable for all, but some suffer more, and some feel the pains of life more deeply than others, or so it often appears,” Concordia asked, “Is there a point or purpose to any kind of suffering? Does suffering build character?” The answer to those questions is essential for understanding our way […]

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Lesson 2: Overcoming Suffering

Lesson 2: Overcoming Suffering

The course will look at some of the components of Practical Christianity, sometimes described as the art of Christian living. It will begin examining how Christianity offers a way to overcome suffering, whether this is from natural disaster, social injustice, or personal problems. God obviously does not promise to shield us from the suffering caused […]

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Lesson 1: Practical Christianity

Lesson 1: Practical Christianity

Obviously, the first task is to define what I mean by Practical Christianity. Not so obviously, the second is to point out this is a very controversial subject. When I speak of Practical Christianity I simply mean what faith offers for everyday living here and now. People used to speak of it as “Applied Christianity”. […]

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Lesson 15: The Last Days

Lesson 15: The Last Days

This is a topic that continually comes up, primarily because it is always in the headlines. It is about some nut case gaining news coverage by insisting he has figured out a date, a strange sect committing mass suicide, the Y2K scare at 2000, advertising for a movie, a televangelist charting earthquakes as signs, another […]

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Lesson 4: Faith and Technology

Lesson 4: Faith and Technology

Bob wrote, “How rarely we start with the admonition ‘in all we do and say about this let us always keep the beacons of faith, hope, and love before us to guide us.’ We seem rather to be driven primarily by our prior experiences, predilections, and prejudices to which, in the end, we may give […]

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Lesson 3: Dynamic Interaction

Lesson 3: Dynamic Interaction

Bob has entered the discussion again with his usual critical thought, forcing me to clarify my ideas. He wrote, “I think there is a strong argument that faith, hope, and love endure as constant beacons for the Christian life. Yet for many of us these illuminating beacons do not reveal universal, unchanging answers to the […]

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Lesson 2: Past, Present, and Future

Lesson 2: Past, Present, and Future

Last week I tried to make the case for faith, hope, and love being a very careful choice for summarizing the Christian life. I’d like to take a few weeks to examine the features that make the triad so important. First, the three proclaim how Christians handle the very basic human activity of relating the […]

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Lesson 1: Faith, Hope, and Love

Lesson 1: Faith, Hope, and Love

For two thousand years theologians have used the words “faith, hope, and love” to summarize the Christian message. It all began with Paul who said in Colossians 1: 4-6 that the triad is the “Gospel” and the “Word of Truth”. Although most theologians claim the three are essential for a healthy life and for correcting […]

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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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