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Great Stuff — Stand Firm — A Review of Wayne Talbot’s Book, The Dawkins Deficiency

July 31st, 2012 1 comment

Found on Scott Diekmann’s blog, Stand Firm:   Wayne Talbot’s recently published book The Dawkins Deficiency: Why Evolution Is Not the Greatest Show on Earth (Deep River Books, 2011) is definitely worth reading if you’re a laymen — and who isn’t when you’re talking about evolution and related fields? Mr. Talbot’s modest goal is to critically examine new atheist Richard Dawkins’ book The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution (Free Press, 2009) and “comment on the validity of his assertions as evidence and what, if anything, such evidence proves” (xvi). Judging from the title, you might expect this   More…

Caesar’s continued war against the Church…

In 2007 the United States House of Representatives passed “The College Cost Reduction and Access Act.”  This act established the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.  Under the provisions of this program, Federal Direct student loans of those who are in public service.  The definition of this is: PUBLIC LAW 110–84—SEPT. 27, 2007 121 STAT. 801 20 U.S.C. 1087e ‘‘[(m)(1)](B) PUBLIC SERVICE JOB.—The term ‘public service job’ means— ‘‘(i) a full-time job in emergency management, government, military service, public safety, law enforcement, public health, public education (including early childhood education), social work in a public child or family service agency, public   More…

Differences between the ELCA and LCMS, with links, being updated

A few years back I took on the task of researching the official beliefs of the ELCA and comparing them to official beliefs of the LCMS.  I went through their websites and tried to cite literally and reference where things were found.  This was very helpful in dealing with folks leaving the ELCA for the LCMS during the exodus from the ELCA after their horrid affirmation of sin in their 2009 Churchwide Assembly. Recently, the project has been resurrected by Pr. Donavon Riley, who is working on updating the links.  He posted this on his blog “The First Premise”.  You   More…

Pastoral Care For Those Experiencing An Epistemological Crisis

Chances are that you have never heard of an epistemological crisis. Don’t worry I will be the first to confess that the terminology is a bit confusing. Even though the terminology is confusing, it is a very common occurrence in the church and every pastor and lay leader should familiarize himself with it. A common example that authors have shared in describing an epistemological crisis is with a story of a wife discovering a hand written note from another women in the pants pocket of her husband. The note says, “I Love You.” This new knowledge, if accepted, has drastic   More…

Announcing the St. Ambrose Hymn Writing Contest

July 30th, 2012 3 comments

A good, solid corpus of hymnody has been a hallmark of the Lutheran confession. Hymns as “sung confessions of the faith” have served the church well throughout her history, underscoring and emphasizing the truths of God Word that are being proclaimed. However, some of the readings in our Lutheran Lectionary do not have hymns that serve this purpose. Therefore, the St. Ambrose Hymn Writing Contest was created to fill this gap. Each year, a Sunday of the Church Year will be selected for which there is a perceived gap in hymnody, and we invite you to write a good solid   More…

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ULC Demolition is Under Way

July 29th, 2012 19 comments

Found on Robin Muench’s facebook posting:   When my husband and I first started attending ULC, we entered always through the back door. The memories that come to mind for us now, as we watch the demolition in progress, are memories of walking up those steps and into a warm place of Lutheran fellowship, a place where we were so struck by the earnestness of young University students coming to be nourished with God’s Word and holy sacraments. We both found in that congregation a sense of fellowship that we had never experienced, a fellowship rooted in sound, confessional theology,   More…

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Great Stuff Found on the Web — Pastor’s Wives: Servants of the Church

July 29th, 2012 11 comments

Another great post found on LutheranPastor by Pastor Paul Beisel:   Fifty years ago, the “perfect” pastor’s wife was one who was involved in the Ladies’ Aid, taught Sunday School, was in charge of VBS, and accompanied her husband on hospital visits occasionally. Even now, sometimes it is assumed that a pastor’s wife should be active in the Church, serving on boards, showing up to funerals, and being “visible.” Those who don’t are sometimes seen as not being very supportive of the Church or their husbands’ ministry. My feeling is that pastors’ wives serve the Church best by serving their   More…

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“Rooted and Grounded in Love” (Sermon on Ephesians 3:14-21, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Rooted and Grounded in Love” (Ephesians 3:14-21) On this day when we have the confirmation of our two adult catechumens, I want to take this opportunity to remind all of us of how we have been “Rooted and Grounded in Love.” “Rooted and grounded in love.” This phrase comes to us from our Epistle lesson for today, from Ephesians chapter 3. It describes what it true for all of us who have been baptized into Christ and instructed in the Christian faith. We are rooted and grounded in love, God’s great love for us in Christ, that “love divine, all   More…

SID DP Timothy Scharr — What Did You Say?

July 27th, 2012 20 comments

Found on SIDlcms website: What Did You Say? By Rev. Timothy J. Scharr, District President   The concern is genuine; the apprehension palpable.  Worry gives way to fear that sounds the alarm.  Income lags behind expenses.  Fewer people are attending church on a regular basis.  The slide parallels that of the surrounding community.  How are we going to turn it around?  What will it take to get more people in church who then contribute money to meet the budget?  Sound familiar?  It is being voiced throughout the United States in communities large and small, urban and rural. Scapegoats are sought.  It doesn’t take long before the target is acquired. Sharp barbs   More…

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Steadfast in Education: John Milton, Classical Christian Educator

One of the presenters at this month’s conference of the Consortium for Classical and Christian Education (CCLE) was Dr. E. Christian Kopff, whose list of accolades and qualifications to speak to such an audience is far too long to list. He presented a pamphlet written by John Milton in 1644, called Of Education. You might remember Milton by his epic poem Paradise Lost, or by the lament of how “boring” he seemed to Donald Sutherland’s character in the film Animal House. For the record, I have found Milton to be refreshingly straight-forward, even if a bit long-winded, and not in the least   More…

The Sting Of Sin: If We Only Knew How Bad It Is

July 26th, 2012 3 comments

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23 ESV). I did not understand the implications of Romans 6:23 until I was a seminary student. The sting of sin had never been shown to me in such a dramatic way until I began my studies of God’s Word and Lutheran doctrine. Hearing Law/Gospel preaching every day in chapel put how grave was my condition if I continued to sin and treat forgiveness of sin as “cheap grace” or as a “get out of hell free card”.   More…

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Steadfast Media Pick of the Week — A Neighborly Pick

July 26th, 2012 No comments

A Neighborly Pick Issues, Etc. interviewed Pr. Jay Reinke of Concordia Lutheran in Williston, ND whose congregation allows people to sleep on in the church and the parking lot. Williston is experiencing an oil boom accompanied by a housing shortage which has created a unique for this congregation. Pr. Reinke tells numerous stories illustrating how these acts of mercy open the door to witness and sharing the Gospel. It is truly a story of how God uses His people to serve their neighbors and proclaim His Word in ways we would never expect.

Sermon — Rev Tony Sikora — No Crossing Except by Water and the Wood.

July 26th, 2012 1 comment

Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  AMEN!  Our text for this morning’s (evening’s) sermon is taken from St. Mark’s gospel account the 6th chapter (Mark 6:45-56). Beloved in the Lord, It’s been a long day.  You’ll remember that our text actually began with last week’s Gospel reading.  The 12 had just returned from preaching the good news and they were eager to give their report to Jesus.  They were excited and they were tired.  Jesus intended to lead them to a desolate place that they might rest.    More…

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WMLTblog — FOEs

July 25th, 2012 No comments

Found on Witness, Mercy, Life Together blog, posted by LCMS Secretary Ray Hartwig. Here is important information that every circuit counsellor AND church needs to know about delegate selection for the 2013 convention.   My contributions to this WMLT blog are often less than inspiring. While they address matters of our “life together,” in the minds of some they might better be called “blahgs,” for they usually have to do with life together according to bylaws. But life together according to our Synod’s Bylaws is important, for this is how we have agreed to walk together. And this particular blog   More…

Biblical Apologetics, Part 2

I was by now too experienced in my literary criticism to regard the Gospels as myths.  They had not the mythical taste…if ever a myth had become fact, had been incarnated, it would be just like this.  And nothing else in all literature was just like this.  Myths were like it in one way.  Histories were like it in another.  But nothing was simply like it.  And no person was like the Person it depicted; as real, as recognizable, through all that depth of time…yet so numinous, a light from beyond the world, a god.  But if a god –   More…