The Glory Has Departed
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
This is from the wise and comforting "Reflections of a Youthful Octogenarian" by Rev. George Gerberding. He is speaking of one his favorite professors at the Philadelphia Seminary, Rev. William J. Mann:
'In one of his classes in Ethics I once asked, in substance, this question: "Doctor, if the Lutheran Church is so much better than others, how does it come that we find so many superior Christians in the Reformed Churches around us?" As always, the doctor was ready with his answer: "That's easy, my good friend; you might live on the juiciest beefsteak and be a lean dyspeptic. Your neighbor might have nothing but soup-bone and thin soup, and he might be healthier than you. Does that prove that thin soup is better than beefsteak? Ach, no. But he assimilates his soup bone soup better than you do your beefsteak. That's all!"'