Monday, September 24, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
You've probably seen the offbeat story of the week...
Nebraska State Senator Sues God Over Natural Disasters
Check out the senator with an apparent halo in this photo. (He's the one on the right).
What a buffet of bloggable buffoonery this is. The humorous reactions are almost limitless. My former neighbor, a lawyer, wrote:
Hmmm.....I wonder if anyone will answer on God's behalf or put in a notice of appearance for God? Now that could be interesting.....Maybe the pope or a local priest, pastor or rabbi? Maybe someone will answer and the rest will intervene in the lawsuit.....Maybe an atheist will file a motion to dismiss saying that God can't be sued because he doesn't exist. I wonder who he has served with the lawsuit...or if there will be substitute service on a priest, pastor, or rabbi, etc. As God's registered agent. This could be a good virtual lawsuit. I copied my friend Tom, who is a pastor in case he wants to intervene inthe lawsuit or accept service on behalf of God.
To which I responded with some smart aleck comments about what God must think of lawyers.
Some liberal judge will probably convict the Almighty and order punitive damages.
Don't they also list a defendant's various aliases in a legal proceeding? That list could get long... "A one Yahweh, aka, Elohim, aka, Jehovah, aka, El Shaddai, Prince of Peace, Mighty God, Wonderful Counselor, Holy One of Israel"
Then we could bring in the Trinity. Which person is being sued? If one is sued, are all three sued?
I thought a bit deeper on this, and realized this isn't the first time the Lord has been on trial. I expect him to say even less this time.
I wonder if this story doesn't catch so much attention because it is such a reversal of truth. For in the "cosmic courtroom", we are on trial, God is the Judge, and our advocate (yes, Lawyer) is Jesus Christ. We'd certainly be convicted had he not reversed the verdict at the cross.
Friday, September 14, 2007
A Lutheran blogger who is a convert from paganism. A very interesting read!
A St. Louis student has set up this site with some really cool design. Not a blog, but more of a resource site for Lutherans. Discussion forums are just getting off the ground. Lots of potential here.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Colson is mostly commenting on the effects such demographics will have on the future of politics. But what, also, of the future of the church itself?
Various church demographers have observed the decline of many major denominations - largely because rates of reproduction have declined. I believe this is true in our own LCMS.
If the LCMS, like most conservative Christian bodies, does see an increase in its birth rate (perhaps a big "if", but certainly possible), then we might see numerical growth on a scale that no marketing program had ever dreamed of. Call it "Church Growth - the Old Fashioned Way".
I would be interested to see LCMS demographic information, if anyone has a link....
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
I didn't see the outcome quite as favorably as he did, but I appreciate some of his basic diagnosis:
On ABLAZE! :
"Yet social issues are perhaps the only area where the LCMS is growing closer to the Roman Catholic Communion. Evangelical Catholics are increasingly outnumbered by the Just Plain Old Evangelicals in the LCMS. The Ablaze! campaign with all its trappings could easily be adapted for use by Baptists, Assemblies of God, and various independent evangelical megachurches, but would stand out like a kazoo in an orchestra pit in an Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, or high-church Anglican or Lutheran setting."
Also, he observes the "conservative opposition" thinks we have disagreements, while the "moderate majority" doesn't.
I agree with this observation. I therefore wonder: if you think you are agreed, and your wife thinks you disagree, don't you, by definition, have a disagreement?
Friday, September 07, 2007
I gleaned the following little paragraph from the latest email:
MINISTRY SHAPES FAITH MORE THAN WORSHIP . . . If you want to influence a teenager's faith, have them serve meals to the homeless or do other hands-on service projects. "Involvement in community service is far more significant to the faith development of teens than involvement in worship," says Michael Sherr, one of the Baylor University researchers who conducted the study (Associated Baptist Press, February 8, 2007).
So, here's a note for all the Youth from our congregation: I have decided to cancel church on Sunday. We will instead be meeting at the local soup kitchen. Email me for details.