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Bishop Gafkjen’s May I-K Lutheran Newsletter

“The greatest image for the resurrection and the baptized life is not a verbal image, but is the very days themselves: Our fifty days of Eastertime, our pentecost, is a week of weeks and a final great eighth day, a jubilee, a single day that is fifty days long, a foretaste of the everlasting Day of God.” [Gordon Lathrop, Easter © 1988 Liturgy Training Publications]

How’s your Easter going?

Note that I did not ask, “How was your Easter?”

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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