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"Fear not: for behold, I bring you
good tidings of great joy, which shall
be to all people."—St. Luke 2:10
Vol. XVIII, No. 7 Published by Augsburg College and Theological Seminary, Minneapolis, Minn., Nov.-Dec.,
i in April by Augiburg Collage and
Eni«i»d 01 niond iIdh matter March
Action and Witness
Bernhard Christensen, President
The Christian college is meant to be a
center of Continuing Advent.
Christ was born two thousand years ago
in a small and circumscribed country, set
in the midst of a cruel and pagan empire.
The purity of His life and the boldness of
His teaching and witness — concerning
both the world and Himself—brought Him,
after but a few years, to the cross. But
beyond the cross was resurrection.
The New Testament teaches us that the
story of Christ's birth, death, and resurrection is to be reenacted, reexperiencd
rather, in the life of His followers in every
generation. Those who bear the name
Christian can expect crucifixion in the
world, but also, thereafter, resurrection.
That is, rejection and suffering, but also
strength to live a new life of victory.
In chapel at Augsburg we recently heard
a young student leader from Hungary,
who escaped to freedom only a few weeks
earlier. In Hungary today there are thousands of Christian youth. Who of us can
know their struggle to be true to their
Christian faith and vision? What must it
mean to have Christ living and ruling in
one's heart in Hungary today?
The day following, the chapel speaker
was from India, a former friend of Gandhi.
Who can fully understand the special
struggles of the Christians in India today
as their country marches forward on its
new path of freedom? Will that freedom
have room for Christ and all that He stands
for? How shall the Indian Christian help to answer this question in the
Yesterday's paper told again of the young pastors in Montgomery, Alabama, bearing their brave witness for Christ and justice there in a time of
bitter struggle and transition in our own beloved country. (Continued page 2j
"Still... O'er All
the Weary World"
Anne Pederson, Faculty
Another Christmas comes offering its
strange gifts—Peace to nations poised for
war, Good-will toward men who everywhere have knowledge and news of 'man's
inhumanity to man.'
Christmas comes repeating a strange
story of a few simple facts; a journey on
foot to Bethlehem, a crowded town, a Child
born, shepherds startled by a Song, men
led by a Star. It is an old story, not nearly
as new as headlines in our daily papers,
reviews of recent books and movies, analyses of world affairs.
Christmas comes to you and me wherever we are, in country or town or city.
It finds us as we are—discouraged, unhappy, afraid, or secure, joyful, adequate.
To all it offers its strange gifts and message.
There are things about this Chi
we will make our own, the traditions and
customs and activities that fit the pattern
of our past Christmases. For modern
though it be, we are in some respects like
the lamenting women of Canterbury in T.
S. Eliot's play, "We do not wish anything
to happen." Not anything that will alter
our way of keeping Christinas. Wi
havt? the tree with the star, the wreath
and candle, the songs and gifts and food.
Around us must be those things that help
make Christmas. How barren t h
would be without its exotic and lavish window displays, lighted bell swinging in the
wind up and down the avenue, crowds
pushing at the corner of Seventh and Nicollet.
All this acquired paraphernalia. .Must we keep it 7 Yes. For within it lies
the road we may walk to Bethlehem, the hillside waiting descending angels,
the vision of a guiding star. For the meaning of Christmas, the incomprehensible plan of God for man's eternal destiny, hovers continued pag« 2)
A Season of Anticipation
The Christ Child — Our Source of Joy
Though many are the facets of
the Christmas Season, with its joy
pervading the hearts of Christians
throughout the world as they celebrate the birth of the Savior, there
are certain distinctive thoughts concerning this festal occasion which
are shared bv seminary students
everywhere, and certainly by those
here at Augsburg Seminary.
Without question the highlight of
the Church Year in the local congregation is at Christmastide. when
the children present their annual
pageant; when the choir sings the
praises of the new-born King in
concert; w hen the Luther League
goes out into the crisp winter air to
sing carols to the shut-ins: when
worshippers gather in the beauty of
the sanctuarv to behold the Christ
The role of the pastor in this -et-
ting must be a wonderful experience. Here in the congregation are
the true people of God, the com-
amnion of Sainfs. in whose hearts
the true meaning of Christmas has
become a living reality, and with
whom a fellowship is to be had
which transcends al! human experience.
The role of the pastor in this
silting must also be a verv great
challenge. For both within and
without the Church walls are the
manv for whom Christmas has not
come: those who have no! become
partaker- of the "bread of life."
-t be sought after and won
for Christ and His Kingdom
through the proclamation of the
The many years spent in pre-
■ meditation, on ihii page t
ibuted by a memb»r of th* <
trillion, a (acuity member.
lory itud-tnl, ond a college i
paration for the Christian ministry
here at Augsburg are wonderful.
and one feels a debt of gratitude to
all those who have so faithfully sup-
ported it- program. When thi- time
of preparation i- nearly completed
and a seminarian looks to tbe
Christinas season which is upon u*
be has a beting of gr--at anticipation—the anticipation of sharing in
the Spirit of Christmas M
■■ngregalion—the anticipation of proclaiming the Gospel
-ible by the grace of God
in, boTn in a manger.
We college students—most of u-
being from Chri-tian In ■■
living in an environment where
Christ, whose birth Chri-i
memoratea, is the prim'-
the season In our
daily chapel sen ii
sing, the meditah
■ prav continuallv remind
us of the year-round meaning of
Christmas. Our mid-weel
md other religious
• nrich and renew within
us the spirit of Christian fellowship.
Not of least importance our personal private devotions hring us face
to face with Him who came that
there might be Peace on Earth good
w ill toward men.
-r of u- thi- ■
Christmas that I
our real - ha- been
imprinted in our hearts from child
hood. Christian ,
.i- that we might, fir-t,
be brought into faith, and then. In;
enriched in faith. And now here at
iff, and admin i-l ration art- giving of them-
fuller anil richer lib-.
braling the Chi ■
' : of [he true B ■
' l-ct us unite our
heart- tin- 13 ■ in a
fellowship ihat will dwell in
■ 'it whi'h our
■ the message
hild. -GoyUn Om
H Blessed Christmas to you---from ikgsburg