Our Favorite Petition Comments

(We’ve said that “Twice a month for the next few months we will be featuring our favorite quotes from the “Bring Back Issues, Etc.” petition site”, but we haven’t kept it up. We are a month late now. . This entry comes from Pastor Weedon’s site and so is not numbered.)

Here is a telling tale of why we need good teaching. Does it not break your heart to hear of those that think the Gospel is ‘loving your neighbor’? Such is the teaching of the Law, and may we all – through the continued blessings of Issues, Etc. and our faithful pastors – hear the true Gospel ring forth in clarity. “Go therefore and make disciples…”

I began down loading MP3 files of Issues Etc. while I was still an active member of the Methodist church. I think that was back in 2003. Before listening to Issues, I don’t think I actually knew what the gospel meant. I always heard my pastors mention the gospel in some vague way, but actually I think it was in terms of loving your neighbor. Since I didn’t think I was actually loving my neighbor enough, I wasn’t sure of my salvation. After hearing the gospel clearly proclaimed – Christ’s perfect life, death and resurrection in my place – by Todd Wilken and other guests on his program, I knew that my salvation is assured, and I knew that I wanted to be a Lutheran.

About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord, LCMSsermons.com, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

Norm has been involved behind the scenes in many of the "go-to" websites for Lutherans going back many years.


Our Favorite Petition Comments — 4 Comments

  1. Talk about counting souls reached with the Gospel.
    7600+ names on the petition; probably a small percentage of the total ‘served’.
    (Isn’t all that counting so unseemly? Too reminiscent of ‘over 1 million hamburgers sold’)

  2. As I commented on another blog, I can still remember a sermon on the parable of the good Samaritan at the Methodist church we attended where the whole point was that we should love our neighbor as ourselves — and he called that the “good news.” No joke.

  3. Eric,

    I have heard similar sermons, inlcuding one at a district LCMS event. When asked where the Gospel was, I was told it was in our loving others.

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