This is a great little article, especially the 2nd half of it. We Lutherans talk about law and gospel. Being a Pastor has the gospel portions of the job which are what most people see on Sunday Morning. The Law portions are just all the little things it takes keep a “civil society” institution open. . . . → Read More: The Work of Civil Society
Good article about something new in the world. But also about something real old. The 8th (9th for you Calvinists) commandment says don’t bear false witness against your neighbor. The rub always comes when we ask who is our neighbor and what does false witness mean. Luther, like Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount, . . . → Read More: The Best Construction on Everything
Biblical Text: Luke 20:27-40 Full Sermon Draft
The first part of this sermon is a little snarky-er than usual. Sometimes you read something that just makes you want to say “well, what did you come out to see(Luke 7:24)”. Or in most cases it is more akin to desiring to say something like – . . . → Read More: Resurrection Certainty
Don Rumsfeld, former Secretary of Defense and CEO of a few corporations, was a fountain of aphorisms. He collected some of them in a book called Rumsfeld’s Rules. Without commenting on the ego it takes to essentially cast yourself as Solomon, the rules can capture snippets of wisdom – sometimes true and others just conventional. . . . → Read More: Unknown Unknowns
I usually try and write something at least every other day, but this week it just didn’t really make it to print.
Things tended to come as short intuitive blips, but of the sort that even investing 2000 words, you knew you could illustrate the point, but it wouldn’t make a difference.
For example, take . . . → Read More: Ruminations
I want to first state an analogy. People rarely die from AIDS. That is not meant as an inflammatory statement, but the simple acknowledgement that what AIDS does is kill the immune system. When the immune system is lowered, all kinds of ugly diseases come forward, and we are really fragile creatures. The word analogy . . . → Read More: Election Day – One Note
Some of you might know, I have a minor hobby of writing book reviews on Amazon. Hobby is stretching it, because my filter for writing reviews is rather thick. The first filter is simply how many reviews have already been written and can I add anything. I’m pompous enough to think I can write a . . . → Read More: Book Review – Angry Conversations with God by Susan Issacs
I shared a piece of art criticism on Facebook recently. Unsurprisingly I got no comments. The pictures of kids or “kids say the darndest things” are guaranteed to get a few likes. Political stories or religious pieces usually get a few comments. This one, which wasn’t just signaling or positioning, but had the depth to . . . → Read More: Pastor’s Corner – Newsletter November 2013
In Bible class this past week we were looking at Romans 3. One of the observations was that when Paul really wants to ground something for his audience he quotes the Psalms. Romans 3:10-18 is one long mashing together of lines from the Psalms. The point behind that observation is that it was the hymnbook . . . → Read More: Advent, Christmas Carols and Church Discomfort
We have a natural tendency to mess things up. We can’t help it. Even when we think we are doing good we very likely are in the midst of mortal sin, or at least the next royal mess. Everything from bringing democracy to the middle east to expanding healthcare, from trying to comfort a . . . → Read More: John Calvin, Baseball Fan