Our Beloved Saints

All Saints Sunday, November 4, 2018, First Trinity Lutheran Church – Eight men and three women were martyred in a synagogue four hours northwest of us eight days ago. They were not Christian martyrs, and they did not set out last Saturday morning, to give their lives for their faith. They went to Shabbat, Hebrew for Sabbath, to pray. But die they did, at the hands of a man whose mind was terribly twisted by some demonic combination of obsession, mental illness, radicalism and hate. Martyrs do not, for the most part, volunteer to die for their faith; neither Judaism nor Christianity encourages believers to seek out martyrdom. It’s likely that most martyrs start the day they die thinking it will be an ordinary day like any other. Continue Reading

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