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Bishop Gafkjen’s March 2019 I-K Lutheran Newsletter

Bishop Gafkjen’s March 2019 I-K Lutheran Newsletter

“How many times does a person have to be converted?”
“As many days as one lives,” was the immediate reply. 

Two pastors are in deep conversation in the novel, The Hammer of God, first published in 1941 by the Swedish Lutheran bishop, Bo Giertz. The younger, Torvik, is struggling with both his faith and his ministry. The elder pastor, Olle, probes Torvik’s spiritual life, especially his “conversion.”

“Let me tell you, Olle,” Torvik retorts, “I have been converted twice, and that should be enough. The first time was at college, the second as pastor here in Ödesjö. How many times does a person have to be converted?”

“As many days as one lives,” was the immediate reply.

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