As Gerecke approached the cell of the first of the Nazi war criminals he would be ministering to he was afraid. He was not afraid for his life, as so many had been because of these men in the last few years. He was concerned that he might not be able to speak the right things to these men (p. 140). Some of that was due to trying to say it in German, some of it was likely a recognition of the difficulties that come to anyone who tries to speak to unbelievers about Jesus Christ.
Before Nuremberg was chosen as the place for the trials of Nazi leadership it had been an exemplary city in the eyes of the Nazis. It was often used for demonstrations of various sorts and was the location of many meetings. But by the “spring of 1945, nothing remained of Nuremberg’s one thousand years but rubble and the stench of death” (p. 114).
Last week I introduced the book Mission at Nuremberg. As the chapters continue it follows Henry Gerecke as he ministers to people in the United States and then moves to the work of a chaplain in the army. His first task overseas was working in a hospital that was near some of the battlefields and saw hundreds of people going through during his time there.
A few weeks ago I began reading Mission at Nuremberg by Tim Townsend (William Morrow Publisher, 2014). The book unfolds some of the amazing events connected with the work of an army chaplain during the time of the Nuremberg trials. These trials were specifically connected to the major Nazi war criminals.
Hope Lutheran Church is just getting started with their website and this will be the “getting started” post on the pastor’s blog page of the site. I will be posting on the blog at regular intervals (I will try). These posts will be mostly devotional in nature, looking at the Scripture and what God has declared to us there. I will also from time to time post tidbits and thoughts about different items that I am reading.
As far as what else this will entail…we will see. I pray that anything and everything that will be communicated from this will be of blessing to those who read and all to the glory of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Pastor Dennis Norby