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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.

Save the date! The National Lutheran Choir is scheduled to perform in the Basilica at Notre Dame on February 28, 2019. The concert will begin at 8:00 p.m. The Indiana-Kentucky Synod is co-sponsoring this event with Notre Dame. In some ways, it is a follow up to the Lutheran/Roman Catholic Reformation observance that was in the Basilica last fall, in which Presiding Bishop Eaton preached. That was a great event to be a part of and it opened the door to further Lutheran/Roman Catholic engagement at Notre Dame. Both Bishop Gafkjen and Bishop Rhoades (Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne/South Bend) will bring greetings at the concert.

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