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Kinship Magazine – Fall 2018 Edition

Kinship Magazine – Fall 2018 Edition

Kinship is a magazine of the Free Lutheran Schools. Stay up to date on latest news, student stories, classroom highlights, and fun tidbits about life on the AFLBS and AFLTS campus.   View the latest edition of Kinship here: Inside …
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The Decision

The Decision

“And men, if you make a mistake, I suspect God will use you there, too,” said Pastor Phil Haugen.  The occasion for Pastor Haugen’s memorable quote was an internship workshop in 2002, my final year of seminary. Several of us …
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Intentional Decision Making

Intentional Decision Making

In 2016 God called us, the McMinn family of seven, to seminary. This must be distinctly understood. He didn’t only call Bryce. Bryce and I both discerned the Lord’s call, and we’re all intimately involved in this as a family. …
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Asked and Answered

Asked and Answered

By Ruth Gunderson  Julia Aamot has a question. Maybe two. Okay, let’s admit it, Julia is going to keep asking until she gets an answer.  “I don’t know why God has made me a questioner,” admits the AFLBS senior from Cokato, Minn. …
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Decision Makers – Micah Moan

Decision Makers – Micah Moan

Throughout my life, AFLBS has been at the forefront of where I wanted to go after high school. I have always been familiar with the campus. My dad has taught both Bible school and seminary students, and now my mom …
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Decision Makers – Carley Washburn

Decision Makers – Carley Washburn

My journey to AFLBS has been nothing short of exciting, but also slightly unconventional. I have been a Christian my entire life. Although God was always a big part of my life, I had tunnel vision regarding my future. I …
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Decision Makers – Scott Erickson

Decision Makers – Scott Erickson

The pastoral ministry had a tug on my heart ever since I met my wife, Tina, at Bible school. She and others have encouraged me in that very pursuit. I have battled, struggled, and even ignored the call at times, …
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Decision Makers – Miao Zhao

Decision Makers – Miao Zhao

In September 2012 I attended Indiana University, Bloomington, to participate in a PhD program. While there, I was led to a Lutheran church and for the first time in my life I heard a law and gospel sermon. I started …
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A Crash Course in Defending Your Faith

A Crash Course in Defending Your Faith

By Caleb Holt  I had the privilege of attending FLY Beyond, the AFLC national youth equipping conference, in July and representing the Bible school there. There were many things to be studied, fun games to be played, and friendships to …
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Stepping Out in Faith

Stepping Out in Faith

By Ignacio Davalos  My go-to verse during my senior year of high school was Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he …
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AFLB/TS

AFLB/TS

One Last Project  This was not what they expected, kneeling down, fingernails digging into the soil in the nearly 90-degree heat.   As AFLBS summer team members converged on campus on Aug. 11, ending 10 weeks serving in local congregations and …
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In the Local Congregation

In the Local Congregation

Ministry is hard. We knew this as we began our parish building journey, but what we didn’t know was just how hard it would be. When we started ministry at Christ Community Church in Hagerstown, Md., we had a constant …
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Kinship Magazine – Spring 2018 Edition

Kinship Magazine – Spring 2018 Edition

Kinship is a magazine of the Free Lutheran Schools. Stay up to date on latest news, student stories, classroom highlights, and fun tidbits about life on the AFLBS and AFLTS campus.   View the latest edition of Kinship here: Inside …
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The Difference

The Difference

“WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE, other than lying and swearing less, between being a medical doctor and a Christian medical doctor?” I’ve been asking that question a lot lately (you can insert whatever occupation you want—it still works). If you can’t answer …
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Rolf Leaves Legacy of Love for Students and Ministry

Rolf Leaves Legacy of Love for Students and Ministry

PASTOR JOEL ROLF ANNOUNCED his resignation as dean of the Association Free Lutheran Bible School earlier this year, to be effective at the end of June. Rolf has been a constant through many years of change at the Bible school, and students and staff …
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Facing Fear with God’s Help

Facing Fear with God’s Help

Lessons Learned in Historical Books AT SOME POINT in our lives, each of us has to come to grips with fear and worry. Most of the time it’s caused by one thing: change. Many of us shudder at the very thought. It’s been …
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Europe

Europe

HUNGARY It was such a joy to welcome my alma mater to Budapest, Hungary. So many memories came flooding back from my own European AFLBS choir tour 17 years ago. Memories of laughter, experiencing new cultures, but also ways in …
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Love Your Neighboor

Love Your Neighboor

THE THOUGHT OF STANDING on a street corner preaching and proclaiming the Word of God causes feelings of uncertainty and anxiousness to swell up inside me. Upon entering the seminary, I had a sense of unworthiness as I wondered how …
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Sing to the Lord

Sing to the Lord

“I WILL SING UNTO THE LORD, for He has been good to me” (Psalm 13:6). This is not only one of my favorite Bible verses but also a line from one of my favorite songs by the late Jeremy Erickson. …
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Spring Break?

Spring Break?

While some students headed home over a unique three-week April break, others took advantage of three opportunities to serve and learn. Here are their stories. Testamental Unity Andrew Kneeland THE BIBLE SCHOOL offered a one-week elective course last month, …
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Singing What Can’t Be Said

Singing What Can’t Be Said

By Benjamin Helge, LCMS Missionary in Czech Republic It’s Monday morning. The week begins, and I head to school to teach conversational English. Just like in the United States, telling your students about Jesus Christ and what He has done …
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AFLTS Update

AFLTS Update

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Let’s Go! Exploring Life Off Campus…

Let’s Go! Exploring Life Off Campus…

Arts & Culture The stereotypical college student fills his free time with ramen noodles and video games. But there is a group of AFLBS students this year breaking that mold and doing their best to add some culture to their …
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Advantage: Bible classes

Advantage: Bible classes

One Perk of being a seminarian’s wife: enrolling at AFLBS By Allie Westerbur ALLOW ME TO SHARE my first Bible school class with you: I walked in to the senior classroom, sat in the back (and was quite certain I …
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Applying Ethics

Applying Ethics

Seminary class digs into the deep issues of life and service By Bryce McMinn ARE YOU CRUEL FOR OPPOSING assisted suicide? Is it sexist to believe only men should be pastors? Is it bigoted to oppose gay marriage? Maybe a …
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Hard. But Good.

Hard. But Good.

Real life doesn’t end on campus, it begins By Justin Nelson AS I REFLECT on my years of seminary I think of the amazing three years I have spent here, the brothers and sisters in Christ whom I have met, …
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We’re Not Perfect

We’re Not Perfect

But AFLBS points us to the one who is perfect. By Chanel Pederson AS A FRESH-OUT-OF-HIGH-SCHOOL South Dakota girl moving to Bible school last year, I believe I almost subconsciously expected that life here would be perfect and peachy-keen all …
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Kinship Magazine Winter 2018 Edition

Kinship Magazine Winter 2018 Edition

Kinship is a magazine of the Free Lutheran Schools. Stay up to date on latest news, student stories, classroom highlights, and fun tidbits about life on the AFLBS and AFLTS campus. Inside the Winter 2018 Edition: Pg. 2 – Greeting …
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The Full Story Behind the Reformation Hymn Festival

The Full Story Behind the Reformation Hymn Festival

Throughout 2017, we celebrated the history and significance of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. To commemorate such a historic event, the AFLC Schools hosted a Reformation Hymn Festival on , specifically focusing on the Five Solas, the key theological …
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The Daredevil Pastor

The Daredevil Pastor

ARC Pastors’ Retreat, Fall 2017 Larry J. Walker For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit …
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Seeing the Elephant

Seeing the Elephant

Sermon: AFLC Schools Chapel, Nov. 16, 2017 And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. “For whoever …
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SOLI DEO GLORIA—FOR THE GLORY OF GOD ALONE

SOLI DEO GLORIA—FOR THE GLORY OF GOD ALONE

Last in a five-part “Solae of the Reformation” series by AFLC Schools faculty Back in the sixteenth century, a humble baker named Veit Bach fled Hungary because of his Lutheran beliefs, settling in Thuringia in central Germany. Veit’s great-great-grandson recalled …
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SOLUS CHRISTUS—CHRIST ALONE

SOLUS CHRISTUS—CHRIST ALONE

Fourth in a five-part “Solae of the Reformation” series by AFLC Schools faculty Our all-glorious and all-gracious God has only ever had one purpose to save us—His beloved but fallen creatures—from our awful sin and complete sinfulness. This plan of …
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SOLA GRATIA—GRACE ALONE

SOLA GRATIA—GRACE ALONE

Third in a five-part “Solae of the Reformation” series by AFLC Schools faculty Sola gratia or grace alone is one of the five solae (only or alones) of the Protestant Reformation. The phrase “grace alone” has become so common among …
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SOLA FIDE—FAITH ALONE

SOLA FIDE—FAITH ALONE

Second in a five-part “Solae of the Reformation” series by AFLC Schools faculty The Reformation principle of sola fide (faith alone) is actually a Biblical Gospel principle that was recovered and re-emphasized at the time of the Reformation. Throughout Scripture, …
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SOLA SCRIPTURA—SCRIPTURE ALONE

SOLA SCRIPTURA—SCRIPTURE ALONE

First in a five-part “Solae of the Reformation” series by AFLC Schools faculty All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be …
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