The true sign of the Resurrection is not the Empty Tomb, as we often say.  Rather, it is the Risen Christ. That’s the point our pastor, Rev. Ned Moerbe, made in his sermon yesterday, on the Second Sunday of Easter. In the gospels, the empty tomb made people afraid or confused.  Did the gardener take Jesus’ body away?  Did his disciples steal His body?  What has happened? But then the women, the disciples, and others saw Jesus.  The man who… Read more

President Trump recently slapped $50 billion worth of tariffs on Chinese goods.  Whereupon China slapped $50 billion worth of tariffs on American goods.  So now President Trump is imposing an additional $100 billion worth of tariffs against China.  So China says that it will respond in kind. This is in line with President Trump’s practice of tit-for-tat, escalating retaliation, of hitting back harder whenever someone crosses him.  But so far this has been limited to personal vendettas and insults on Twitter.  But now… Read more

One of the most famous religious paintings is Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” (1495-1498).  I came across a fascinating article on the painting that attends to the details of how each figure is portrayed, showing the different reactions to Christ at the moment Jesus says, “one of you will betray me.” That moment, dramatically rendered, is then superimposed with the moment that Jesus institutes the Sacrament. From Terrance Klein, How Leonardo Painted Us All into “The Last Supper”: There… Read more

It is now technologically possible for a government to monitor and control its citizens as never before.  Now China is going to take advantage of that capability. The still-Communist country is in the process of implementing a “social credit system” that will give points for good behavior and deduct points for bad behavior.  In one administrative district, everyone starts with 1000 points.  If you get a traffic ticket, you lose 5 points.  Other demerits will be issued for things like… Read more

We leave Australia early Thursday morning for our 17 hour flight back to the U.S.A.  (That doesn’t count our connections from Adelaide to Sydney and Dallas to Oklahoma City, or layovers.  We’ll be traveling for over 24 hours.) We have been in Australia for 5 weeks, attending our daughter in the last weeks of her pregnancy and being here when the baby was born, taking care of the other grandchildren as that was happening.  The baby, by the way, Hannah… Read more

As controversies roil over police shootings, such as that of Stephon Clark in Sacramento (reportedly shot 8 times in the back), we should remember to honor the vast majority of officers who love and serve their neighbors by putting their lives on the line to protect us.  A good example of a Christian police officer carrying out his dangerous vocation is Arnaud Beltrame. On March 23, a terrorist loyal to ISIS attacked a supermarket in southern France, killing two and wounding… Read more

Is Bach Lutheran?  The question is like, “Is the Pope Catholic?”  OK, there may now be some question about that, but not about Bach among his fellow Lutherans, who know him as their greatest artist.  And yet some critics have been saying that Bach “was a forward-looking, quasi-scientific thinker who had little or no genuine interest in traditional religion.” Setting aside the counter-historical assumption that a person can’t be forward looking and scientific while holding to traditional religion, the critics… Read more

According to Australian journalist David Adler, the Palestinian Authority pays terrorists for attacking Israelis.  Using a sliding scale that rewards terrorism the more deadly it is, terrorists who are imprisoned are given as much as $3,500 per month.  The Palestinian Authority’s budget for subsidizing terrorism amounts to 50% of its foreign aid. From David Adler, Aussie Tax Slayer, The Spectator Australia: According to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website, Australia will contribute $43.8 million to the ‘Palestinian Territories’… Read more

It isn’t just that so many people today don’t believe in Christianity.  Often, they don’t even know what it is.  Holy Week showed some extreme examples of this. In his comment on our Easter post, Carl Vehse gave us this, from “NPR Journalist and Catholic College Graduate Botches Description of Easter”: In an example of stunning ignorance exhibited by an experienced journalist, an NPR reporter [Vanessa Romo] told readers Friday that Easter is “the day celebrating the idea that Jesus did… Read more

Congress has passed a law holding websites criminally liable if they are used for sex trafficking.  In response, Craig’s List, Reddit, and other sites have shut down their ads for prostitution. The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) was passed on March 21, with overwhelming bi-partisan support.  The House passed it 388-25, and the Senate passed it 97-2.  The bill awaits President Trump’s signature. But already the classified ads site Craig’s List shut down its “adult” “personal ads,” which, with… Read more

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