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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - March 9, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                New Translation By Uoyd Maffitt ILL. liccausc he regards existing transla- tions as woefully inadequate, the Rev. lather Cross has dedicated his life to bringing out a simplified, more accu- rate version of the Bible. The 50-ycar-qld pastor of Center United Presbyterian church has been at the task five years and says if lie isn't finished by the time he's 00 he'll just continue laboring. "We need something ten times simpler than what's he declared. "Peo- ple who read Bible stories in existing forms simply cannot understand them. The King James version is by far the worst." Cartoons In simplifying the Bible, Pastor Cross will use car- toons, headlines and mini- headlines, and short sen- t e nc es "Careful phrasing often makes it possible to say the samo thing, with far fewer words, while leaving ahsolute- ly nothing he explained. "Also, if a passage is dif- ficult to understand, the use of fewer words reduces the prob- lem, in the sense that a short difficult section is less dis- couraging than a long difficult section." Pastor Cross cited this ex- ample of Ephcsians King James Version For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us. Tentative Cross Version Christ's death repealed the JUaw, Hint dividing wall of hate. It put Jews and non- Jews on good terms with God as a single, harmonious group. For Christ is our harmony. Pastor Cross lives alone hi a large, two-story frame house and his life style is geared to conserving time for his parish work and his new Bible. He doesn't take time to cook for himself, but cats the same casy-to-fix food day after day. flis hair is crew-cut, so he doesn't have to bother comb- ing it. He shuns public meet- ings because they would squander his lime. Slightly built and slender, he is except perhaps for his sporty clothes a movie director's dream of the typical ascetic scholar. Paraphernalia His study is crammed with the paraphernalia of scholar- ship. Open books and journals surround his desk and typing table; cardboard boxes of notes on three-by-five cards are piled within easy reach. Living in a Mercer county hamlet with no library facili- ties for research, Cross is de- pendent on distant libraries, including the specialized li- brary of Chicago's McCor- mick Theological seminary. Pastor Cross doesn't expect lo live long enough even to start the Old Testament; thus far, all his efforts have gone into Paul's Letters "proba- .bly the most difficult part of the New Testament." Accura- tely translating Greek into En- glish is simply staggering, he observed. Pastor Cross, who gradual- The Ctdar Haplds Gazeltt: Sat., MM. 9, 1974 Church Caught in Conflict Surrounded by reference works, fhe Rev. Luther Cross makes notos for his new ver- sion of tho Bible. ed from Princeton Theological seminary 27 years ago, nearly decided to become a mis- sionary to Japan, but finally chose to become a parish min- ister and writer. He served in New York state until 1966, then decided to seek the solitude of a small charge so he could devote more time to writing. He has written sermons, sermons for children, pamphlets and book- lets for children. Two of his booklets for juve- niles, Story Sermons for Chil- dren and Object Lessons for Children, .were published in the late 1960s by Baker Book House of Grand Rapids, Mich.; each has sold more than copies. He is currently working on his fourth revision of the Let- ters; once a publisher accepts the new version for publica- tion, Pastor Cross expects to revise them even further. "The goal is clarity and ac- curacy; the needs are time and he said. "Clarity" includes using at least one-third fewer words than other translations while adding to meaningfulness for readers scholarly and non- scholarly. lly George W. Cornell A? Kellilm Writer HRONXVILLE, N. Y. (AP) On a campus lawn, some students idly toss a football about. A young professor strolls along, talking of recent pressures on his teaching. In- side a red-brick building, 400 delegates watch a confronta- tion that personifies an un- precedented upheaval in their church. The words are grim and de- termined, the mood taut. Only occasionally is the tension broken by a ripple of dark humor. The strained emotions, along with some blunt conten- tions and actions, marked a specially called meeting last weekend of one of the 38 re- gional districts of the Lulher- a n Church-Missouri Synod caught in a conflict of un- paralleled repercussions. Highlighting it, almost the entire faculty of the country's biggest Lutheran seminary, Concordia in St. Louis, was fired last month and, with most of the 500 students, set up classes-in-exile on neigh- boring United 'Church and Roman Catholic campuses. Displacement No such massive academic displacement has happened in modern church annals. Nor has a Lutheran faculty and student body previously shift- ed enmasse to a Jesuit school St. Louis university to continue a Lutheran curricu- lum. "It's a really astounding sit- said thq Rev. Dr. John Tietjen, whose suspen- sion as president of Concordia on charges of holding false doctrine, sparked the walkout of sluik-nls and faculty, aiso similarly accused and subse- quently dismissed. With anxieties running high among the three million members of the denomination, the first regional emergency meeting held at a church liberal arts college here, also named Concordia, by the At- lantic district. Remands Delegates demanded that charges against Dr. Tietjen and the faculty be vacated and dismissed personnel be reinstated pending concilia- tion efforts. Meanwhile, it au- thorized lo help sup- port the sominary-irr-exile. Dr. J. 0. A. Preus, pres- ident of the church, apolo- gized for a so-called "deal" his aides had offered Dr. Tiet- jen to arrange a pastor's post for him if he would quiet- ly leave the seminary job a proposition Dr. Tietjen reject- ed as immoral. His administration was ac- cused of an "escalation of raw power" by the Rev. Dr. Thomas Spitz of Manhassett, N. Y., who said newly im- posed guidelines requiring li- teralistic Bible interpretations constituted a "new stance" foreign to historic Lutheran- ism. He urged Dr. Preus to use his influence to get the new criteria suspended and the faculty reinstated. Asked about tills possibility. Dr. Preus said Dr. Spitz had portrayed him as a "Pope and dictator" and then asked him to apply even stronger power to roll back the situation. "He can't have it both Dr. Preus added. Area Groups Sponsor Radio Rosary Shows In a joint effort, the knights of Columbus and the Catholic Order of Foresters of the area are sponsoring a Lenten radio program. Every Sunday during Lent, the following radio stations will Broadcast "Marian a lalf-hour Rosary program, con- sisting of recitation of the Holy Rosary and a talk by the Rev. P. J. Nelson: KOUR of Independence at a.m.; KOEL of Oelwein at p.m.; WPRE of Prairie du Chien at p.m. and KLWW of Cedar Rapids at 7 p.m. The broadcasts orginate from 3ur Lady of the Prairie's Shrine, Powers Lake, N. D. Quasqueton Church Votes New Parsonage QUASQUETON The Quasj- queton Union church congrega- tion voted Sunday to build a new parsonage, a three- bedroom, one-story ranch home with full basement. The house. wiE be built on church property on Linn street east of the bridge. Church Briefs Mentalist To Present Qccult, Spiritism Program J. Oliver, a professional illusionist, mentalist and lecturer, will be featured Sunday at p.m. at First Lutheran church in a program dealing with the current clamor over the film "The The program will include a lecture and demonstrations which deal with astrology, spiritism, the oc- cult and demon possession. The-program is sponsored by Youth for Christ of Cedar Rapids. The' Cedar Rapids Church of the Brethren will sponsor a scries of seminars, "Building for at the First Baptist church beginning Sunday and continuing through March 31 from 6 to p.m. j. OLIVER The led by Mrs. Leland.Flory, will include films and discussion and will be open to'the public of all ages. The purpose of the seminars is to consider peace as an al- ternative to war and to build a life-style which includes peace. Hillside Wesleyan church'will feature Robert Dye, executive director of the Cedar Rapids Youth for1 Christ, as speaker for the second part of the Family'Enrichment conference. Dye will speak on "Understanding and Relating to The program begins at 7 p.m. Sunday. _ Knox United Presbyterian church will hold a series of Len- ten coffees for women each Thursday of Lent except during Holy Week when the coffee will be held on Good Friday, the meeting, which begins at a.m., includes a short service and fellowship. The Singing Rathbuns from Kansas will present a concert Sunday at p.m. at Centra} Assembly of God church. The theme of the Lift Cross program, scheduled at p.m. Friday on KCRG-TV 9, is Grid So Loved the World of Youth. A number people from First Lutheran church will appear on the program with the two pastors from the church, Larry Fruchling and George Carlson. This will he a call-in show with viewers invited to call in questions lo the people on the show. Lift High the Cross is a series of seven Lenten programs on KCRG by First Lutheran church. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is holding an open house Friday from 5 lo 9 p.m. at the church. Movies, filmstrips, translites, posters and demonstrations will be included in the open house explaining the importance of Hie family. THE PROCLAMATIONS present A Sacred Music Concert BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH Marion, Iowa Sunday, March 10 P.M. The Rev. Lewis Miller to Speak in Iowa City The Ilov. Lewis Miller, former pastor of Eimmuul liapllst Church in Cedur Ilnpids and Missionary, relumed from Taiwan, will preach and have n Bible Conference at Iho University Uaptlst C'hnreli, 1850 VV. Ucnlon St., Iowa City, bcBlnnlna .Sunday, March Sunday Services uro at 11 A.M. ft 7 P.M. Wucldy Services 10 7 P.M. More Lenten Services Set By Churches St. George Orthodox church will continue its Lenten serv- ices Friday at p.m. with the third Salutation service. A Presanctified liturgy, confes- sion and Communion will be held March 20 at p.m.; the fourth Akathest service with the Rev. Alexander Anas- tasiou on March 22 :at p.m.; a Lenten fish dinner Sixth Madiah service April 5 at p.m. Quasqueton Union church has scheduled the fol- lowing Lenten services: Wed- nesday at 8 p.m. with the Rev. Charles Ager of St. John Lu- theran church, Dundee, and St. Peter Lutheran church, La- jnont; March 20 at 8 p.m. with A. F. Schmeck of Winthrpp and the Rev. John E. Block of Lament; April 3 at 8 p.m. with Pastors Ager and Block and April 11 with 'Pastor Block. St. Jolin's Episcopal church will hold Communion Wednes- day at 7 and 11 a.m. For 'Friiehlings The Rev. Larry K. Fruehling, assistant pastor at First Luther- an church since September, 1969, will leave First Lutheran Friday to enter a program of clinical pastoral education at St. Luke's hospital. Pastor Fruchling will preach at the Sunday and Wednesday worship services. There will be a reception for -he Fruehling family Sunday at p.m. at the church. TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH 1st Ave. and 5th St. N.E. YMCA Auditorium Sunday School AM Morn. Worship AM Stmday Evt. PM Wed. Night PM Nick Crow-1'nstor Worship Services in Cedar Rapids Churches ASSEMBLY OF GOD Central 3030 F ave. NW. Ramon Booth. S.S. Scrv. Eve; Wod. First 42nd st. NE. Gary A Jenkins. S.S. Serv. Eve. 7. Wed. 7. BAPTIST Bcrcan 5037 Center Point rd. NE. Glen V. High. S.S. Serv. Eve. 7. Calvary {CBA) 1203 3rd ave. SW. Harry Egner. S.S. Serv. Eve. 7. Wed. 7. Edgewood (BGC) E ave. and Edgewood rd. NWV-James Selander. S.S. Serv. 11. Eve. 7. Wed. 1200 2nd ave. SE. Dr. Wayne A. Shireman. S.S. Serv. Mrs. Har- riet Houston. Eve. 1947 Wash- ington ave. SE. Larry K. Engle, S.S. Serv. Eve. 7, Immanuel (S. B C) 1900 F ave. NW. S.S. n. Serv. Paul Thompson. Eve. Mr Thompson. Wed. eve. 7. Willarc Hader. Mt. 8th st SE. LeHoy White. S.S. Serv. 11, 3.30. Wed. New Testament B apt Is (BBF) 749 Old Marion rd. NE John Hulse, jr. S.S. Serv Eve. 7. Wed. 7. Noelridge 114' Clifton st. NE; S.S. Serv 9. "The Personalities Around the Heavenly Eve "Prayer and the Way of Wed. eve. Delegate Assembly Pastors and lay people of the member churches of Churches United will meet Sunday at St. Andrew Lutheran church for the annual Assembly of Delegates. The meeting will include reports, installation of -officers and board members, a worship service and fellowship. Registration will begin at p.m. with the assembly beginning at 2 p.m. At p.m. project reports will be given. These include Church and the Community College by Dr. Wayne Shireman; Ecumenical Worship by the Rev. George Carlson; Key 73 by the Rev. Earl Dykema; Lenten Observ- ances by John Collins; Program Development by Dr. John Walker; Black Enabler by the Rev. James Riegel; Linn County Food Bank by Phyllis Holden; Halfway House for Girls by Robert Buntz; Housing Development by Russell Swenson; Consumer Credit Counseling by Delores Gray; ONE Store by Carolyn Adams and Project PRIDE by Esther Armstrong. At p.m. special reports on Church Women United, Conference of Clergy, Assn. of Evangelicals will be given. At p.m. the business meeting will begin with installa- tion of officers at p.m. The Rev. James Leshcr of St. Andrew Lutheran is pres- ident of Churches United. YOU ARE INVITED TO A Lay Witness Mission. M MARCH 1 S, 1 6, 1 7, 1 974 Sat, Sponsored by the BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH 8th Ave. lOHi St. n i Morion, Iowa Services: 15th PM Cov.nd Dilh M.ol PM hi Gtniral S.i.ion lith AM Coft.tGroupi Noon Min-Womtn- Youlh lunthiont PM 2nd C.iwo! Session 17th AM Chuilh Sthool AM Woulilp Llslon ovory wnoM 5 Hours Channel 6pm to I Ipm Redemption Missionary Bap- tist 1014 10th ave. SE. Har- mon Webb. S.S. Serv. 11 Eve. 8. Tues. Twin. Pines 3300 42nd st. NE. Werner temke. S.S. 10. Serv. IT. Eve. 7 Wed. Valley View 5555 Mt. Vernon rd; SE. Carrol Van Anda. S.S. Serv Eve. Wed. eve. 7. CATHOLIC All Saints Dalewood, 29th SE. Edmund J. Becker, James L. Blocklinger. Masses, Sat. 5 p.m.; Sun. 6, noon Immaculate 3rd'ave. SE. Wm. P. Leonard Daniel J. Keppler, Hichard Hess. Masses, Sat. Sun. noon, St. Edgewood rd NW. John M. Gregory, Richard Ament, Lay erne Schueller Masses, Sat. Sun. 7, 8'30 10, St. 21st ave SW. Hcbert W. Cizek, Paul C McManus. Masses, Sat. Sun. 8, 11, St. ave., 24th NE. A. A. Sodawasser, Arthur Kleve, T. J. Kisting. Masses Sat. p.m.; Sun. 8, 11, St. Patrick's 500 1st ave NW. Martin Laughlin, Carl A. Hies, Maurice J. Lynch. Masses, Sat. p.m.; Sun. 8, 11, St. Pius st., Col- lins rd. NE. Bernard G. Collins, John Friederick. Masses, Sat p.m.; Sun. 7, 9, noon, 5. St. 5th st. SE. Clarence Frana. Masses, Sat. 7 p.m.; Sun. CHRISTIAN Cedar 526 3rd ave. SW. Seville G. Clayton. S.S. 9. Serv. "A Covenant in 3rd ave. SE. John GALILEE BAPTIST CHURCH 1947 Washington Ave. S.E. AM Sunday School AM Morning Service Evening Service Wed. Service 7iOO PM God is Omniscient, meaning that He knows all things. .God knows our very thoughts, therefore there is nothing hidden, from Him. Proverbs Hebrews I John M. Hardy. S.S. Serv. "Moses Crisis of Npelridee 727 Collins rd NE. Philip Ewoldsen. S.S. Serv. EPISCOPAL A Ave. NE. Pau Traeumer. Masses, 8, 10. Chil dren's chapel and S.S. 10. St. John's 355 19th st. SE D. A. Loferski. (Communion 8. S.S., serv. Choral Eu charist, first Sun. St. Michael's 220 40th st NE. Thomas C. Aycock, jr Choral serv. and S.S. 10. Eu- charistj.8 a.m., 6 JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES South Congregation 1221 Center Point rd. NE. Bible dis- course, Watchtower, North Congregation 1221 Center Point rd. NE. Bible dis- course, Watchtower, Pioneer Avenue Congrega- tion 3103 Pioneer ave. SE. Bible discourse, Watch- tower, LATTER DAT SAINTS Trailridge rd. SE. Bishop Paul L. Garvin. Priesthood, S.S. 10. Sacra- ment. Wed. eve. 19th st. NE, Elder James 0. Loy. S.S. Serv. LUTHERAN Bethany Forest dr. SE. .A. C. Hornbostel. S.S. Serv. Concordia John- VBS WORK SHOP Concordia and Augsburg Curriculum Wed. March 13 P.M. Town House Motor Inn Convention Center Sponsored By CEDAR BOOK STORE 3519 1st Ave. S.E. Cedar Rapids 366-7189 son ave. NW. Paul A. Scheldt. S.S. 8, "Growing Is Wed. eve. 7. "Share His First (LCA) 1000 3rd ''aye; SE. George W. Carlson, Larry K. Pruehling, Alvon .Nelson; S.S. Sister Siena Davis. Services "TheAppea'l Paul as Ex for the Fall Mon. 7 a.ra. Wed. eve. Gloria 153 Cher- ry Hill rd. NW. Charles' G. Schultz. S.S. Serv. Communion, first Sun. of month. Good Shepherd (WELS) 2900 42nd st, NE. Gary Kirsch- ke. S.S. 9. Serv. W.e Live in the Presence of Wed. eve. "Portraits of Christ: the High Holy 720 Edgewood rd. NW. Cedric'J. Lofdahl. Sat. S.S. Serv. 2730 Bowling st. SW. Michael A. Last.; Com- munion, first Sun. of month. Sat. eve. 6. S.S. Serv. 10. Our 3634 1st ave. NE. F. William Hilker. Marvin L. Ehnen. S.S. Serv. 8, Wed. eve. 7. 'The Concern' That Never St. Andrew Center Point rd. NE." James M. S.S. Serv. "Christian Faith and St. 2100 1st ave. NE. David Frans Larson. S.S. Serv. 11. "The (Continued: Page 8, Col. 7) "Preaching the un- changing word of God in [he changing world of man" Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (Wisconsin Synod) 2900 42nd SI. N.E.' 393-5736 Coming To Cedar Rapids.' IN CONCERT.' The Gaither Trio and Henry Hazel Slaughter Saturday, March 16 P.M. Veterans Memorial Auditorium King Is Touched He many others that will bless and thrill your heart! Come Be With Us and "LET'S JUST PRAISE THE All Seats Reserved and Advance (500 more at door) TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW AT THESE LOCATIONS: CSDftR BOOK STORE THE CHRISTIAN BOOK STORE 3519 1 si Ave. SE. 366-7189 529 4th Ave. SE. 363-8697 CEDAR BOOKSTORE CedarRopids Cedar Rapids 614 Sycamoro, 23-17715 MAIL ORDERS FROM] durance Phnlrai, P.O. 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