God Has Already Repaid You

  Thanks to Pastor Ned Moerbe, who cited this quotation from Paul Gerhardt by way of Oswald Bayer in a sermon that he preached: In his last will and testament Paul Gerhardt reminds his only son, still living after all his other children had died: “Do good to people, even if they cannot pay you back because….” The reader expects that the sentence will continue with: “God will repay you.” However, Paul Gerhardt frustrates that expectation by continuing: “…because for… Read more

Twitter Expands to 280 Characters–Can Now Handle German

Twitter is doubling the number of characters that can go into a “tweet.”  No longer must a user condense the thought so that it can be expressed in 140 characters.  Now the tweet can contain 280 characters. Twitter spokesmen said that one reason for the change is the differences in languages.  Chinese, Korean, and Japanese can communicate much more in 140 characters than European languages can.  (This is because the Chinese writing system is based not on an alphabet–with individual… Read more

Dear Next Mass Church Murderer,

The whole “death” thing raises a very important point. Ours is a Christian church and death is a particular interest of ours. We think we have it figured out. Read more

Democrats Win Elections, Think Control of Congress in Sight

November 7 was Election Day in several states, and the Democrats won big.  Now some Democrats are predicting that Tuesday’s vote is a foretaste of the midterm elections to come next year.  They believe that they will win control of Congress. The major election news came from Virginia.  The Democrat Ralph Northam beat Republican Ed Gillespie, who was running on President Trump’s issues and who had his support. Democrats also took the offices of Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General.  They also… Read more

Why Violence Doesn’t Stop the Church

Officials are saying that the church massacre in Sutherland Springs, Texas, was not due to religion. I disagree. Read more

The 100th Anniversary of Communism

Having recognized the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we now need to turn to another milestone:  Yesterday, November 7, was the 100th anniversary of Russia’s Communist Revolution. That is to say, November 7, 1917, was the anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution.  There were other uprisings and insurrections, but that is the day the hard core Communists, under the leadership of Vladimir Lenin, took over the nation. The Russian Empire became the Union of Soviet Socialists Republics, which led to  a series… Read more

Lutheran Satire

Imagine my surprise, when reading an article by Charles Chaput, the conservative Catholic Archbishop of Philadelphia, to read a plug for Lutheran Satire. The article, Luther would be horrified by the world he forged in CatholicHerald.co.uk, describes the site like this:  “The brainchild of a US Lutheran pastor, it focuses on Church humour from a Lutheran angle. The goal is catechesis through comedy, and no issue or religious leader is too sacred to poke.” The mastermind of the site, Rev. Hans Fiene, describes it this… Read more

A Democrat’s Exposé of the Democrats

The Republican Party is having its problems, but the Democratic Party may be in an even greater state of disarray. Especially now that a Democratic insider has published an exposé of the Clinton campaign’s takeover of the Democratic Party. Donna Brazile is a long-time Democratic operative and a frequent guest on TV news panels. After Debbie Wasserman Schultz stepped down as head of the Democratic National Committee after the hacked e-mail debacle, Brazile took over that role. She has written about… Read more

95 Theses on Worship

In the spirit of the Reformation, my fellow Patheos blogger and church musician Jonathan Aigner has posted 95 theses on worship.  He has posted them not on a church door; rather, he has posted them on his blog, Ponder Anew, which is devoted to discussions of worship and church music. I’ll re-post the first few, but please click the link to read the rest of the 95.  (It won’t take long.)  Jonathan, I believe, is an evangelical, so it is… Read more

Nearly 30 Killed in Deadliest  U.S. Church Shooting

A gunman walked into First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday morning and killed as many as 27 worshippers.  The attack is being described as the deadliest church shooting in American history. Some 30 worshippers were also injured.  The attack happened at approximately 11:30 a.m., which would have been near the end of the service.  The shooter fled and was killed.  Whether that was by police or by his own hand or by an armed bystander is not… Read more

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