Tuesday, March 3, 2015

SALT, LIGHT, AND SIGNS OF THE TIMES by Ronald W. Stelzer

I just finished reading a fascinating biography of a great Lutheran teacher: SALT, LIGHT, AND THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES: AN INTIMATE LOOK AT THE LIFE AND TIMES OF ALFRED (RIP) REHWINKEL by Ronald W. Stelzer. Again, a book I picked up for a steal at a mere $5 at the recent Symposia in Ft. Wayne. It is published by Christian News and can be found here if you would like to order and read for yourself: http://www.christiannewsmo.com/Salt_Light_an…/4010000350.htm.
Rehwinkel, as some will remember, was the author of the very popular book THE FLOOD, originally published in 1951 by CPH, but has been reprinted many times over the decades (17 times when I purchased my copy several years ago.) In fact, it is still offered by CPH both in paperback and as an ebook: https://www.cph.org/p-261-the-flood.aspx.
Dr. Rehwinkel (1887-1979) lived well into his 90's. Ordained in 1910 he lived through a history of the LCMS that stretched from the early frontier days, when we were still establishing ourself in the U.S. and Canada to the turmoil of the 'Walk Out' in St. Louis in the 70's. Until I finished the book I had no idea of the connection between this man and the Rev. Dr. Gerhardt Hyatt, the president of my alma mater, Concordia College, St. Paul, who preached at his funeral (and was a graduate of Concordia-Edmonton). This book recounts the experiences of a man who lived in very primitive conditions in his early ministry in western Canada, rising to help found Concordia College in Edmonton (Now Concordia University College of Alberta,) to serving as president of St. John's College in Winfield, KS (which closed in 1986), to finally teaching at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis.
Again, a good read that I would heartily recommend!
(Note: I wanted to add a picture of the book's cover, but discovered that it is copyrighted.)

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