The Lutheran Witness Volume 37

The Lutheran Witness Volume 37

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...pastor will be a good "mixer," a promoter of clubs, guilds, entertainments, reading-circles, gymnasiums, boys' brigades, nature-study classes, and ka/fee-klatches. A second person may appear to be horrified at all this. He will tell you that a church should not be social, but sociological. He will talk of the proverbial submerged tenth, of settlement work, day-nurseries, nightschools for working people, education in matters of citizenship for foreigners, regulation of the problems of poverty, neglect, and ignorance. A third person will confidently say that the Church should be a rival law-and-order league, and that the true pastor is he who is most active in spying out and bringing to grief the saloon-keeper, the dance-hall proprietor, the stale-beer tunnel_, the vice-district. and the man who keeps his store open on the "Sabbath." Still other people think of the Church as a place of amusement. The writer has sometimes amused or saddened himself by going over the Sunday church notices in the daily papers, and noting the array of amusement devices employed by the average church of to-day to draw the crowds. Among them are musical programs, organ-recitals, home-talent theatricals, lectures by globe-trotters, pageants, tableaux, etc., without number. One pastor recently advertised that his choir would appear dressed in Indian costume, that the lighting would be from several imitation campfires, and that he would omit the evening sermon, but would instead relate Indian stories. Another pastor advertised that a barrel of apples would be distributed to the evening worshipers, and that he would preach an evening sermon on this noble fruit and its culture, including, no doubt, the most approved methods of trimming, more

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  • Paperback | 466 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 24mm | 826g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236739280
  • 9781236739285