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Hausvater: /HAUS-fah-ter/
noun (German)
1. Housefather.
2. Spiritually responsible head of household, including the housefather as assisted by the housemother.
>> Example: "As the Hausvater should teach it [Christian doctrine] to the entire family ..."
(Martin Luther, Small Catechism, 1529)

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Called to Defend: Protecting Your Family and Church through God’s Gift of Lawful Civil Authority

Blessed Sacrament Lutheran Church, Hayden, Idaho

August 7, 2021



  • Knowing Your Place within God’s Three Fortresses
    Rev. Dr. Adam Koontz, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind.
    Co-host of the weekly podcast A Brief History of Power
    • God established the family, the church, and civil society.
    • He ordained them as three fortresses for protecting us.
    • What happens when one of them infringes upon the rights of the others?
  • Discovering How the Church Has Resisted Tyranny
    Dr. Ryan MacPherson, Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, Minn.
    Author of “4 Levels of Injustice: Knowing When to Suffer Patiently and When to Resist”
    • Does Romans 13 demand passive obedience to all government dictates?
    • Does Christian freedom permit chaotic rebellion against government?
    • Learn how the Church has responded to tyranny by Nazism and by Soviet and Chinese Communism, and how we can apply those lessons to today’s issues.
  • Standing against Unlawful Civil Authority Today
    D. Colton Boyles, Esq., Boyles Law, PLLC, Sandpoint, Ida.
    Idaho Counsel for AFLD and Candidate for Idaho Attorney General
    • Our state and federal constitutions are the Romans 13 authority God established.
    • When elected or appointed officials violate your rights, they violated God’s order.
    • Citizens have legal means available to assert their rights.
    • Lower officials have a conscientious duty to interpose against tyranny.
    • Learn about real-life examples from recent local and national events.


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