I so want to say it right now. I’m pissed off and mad as hell. But I’m not going to. Why? Because I don’t have to. I’m still pissed off. I’m mad at the world right now. Why do you keep sinning? Why do you keep turning away from God? Why don’t you just listen to him? Have you run with the devil so stinking long that you forgot God loves you?! Have you?!
Look. I just sinned. I got drunk last night. I’m not perfect. God loves me anyway. He’s not pleased right now, but he loves me. To tell you the truth, I’m a bit pissed off at God right now. My brother’s married and I’m not (no offense brother and sister in law, I just figured as the oldest I would get married first). I’m in Minnesnowda following a dream that apparently I wasn’t supposed to follow when I thought I should, or I’m following it and being put through the ringer. Now, God disciplines those he loves, but as far as I know, scripture never said we had to enjoy the discipline. I’m pretty sure you can still be thankful for something and not enjoy it at the time. Dead serious here. If my theological friends disagree please share.
Anywho, God loves me despite the fact I get drunk. Ash Wednesday is today. I’m tired of getting drunk. On beer, whiskey and so forth . I’m giving it up until Easter. Well, probably not. But I am going to give up being pissed off at the world. None of this is making any sense at all.
Look. I’m mad at the world. Nothing makes sense. Except for God’s relationship with me. He did not abandon me tonight, and he’s given me a chance to succeed again. Lent is a time of penance. Fortuneately, It comes as I start many new things. Oh Lord have mercy! Fbomb. Lord have mercy. Have a good day y’all. Most illogical, spontaneous post I’ve ever written. Maybe this will finally get me more than thirty views in a week on the blog. Good night and good luck. Fbomb.
I must say that Matt Walsh is a wise man. In an article on February 7, he shares how he wasn’t ready for marriage. In fact, he shares how his wife wasn’t ready for marriage. In fact, he shares how Nobody is ready for marriage. Marriage is not something one simply tries out. Marriage is something one has to experience and jump into. According to Matt, when considering “readiness” before marriage, “we consider it wrongly…”. He says we ask questions from a checklist like we are buying a used car. Matt argues that instead of this checklist, people should consider this one:
The real checklist ought to have only four items.
Do I love this person? Can I trust this person? Can they trust me? Do I have the maturity and strength to give myself to this person, and to serve this person, every day for the rest of my life?
I can’t tell you how you’ll answer those questions, but I can tell you what my answers were before I said “I do” to Alissa:
Yes, I love her, but I don’t really understand love or what it means. Yes, I trust her, but I don’t understand trust or what it means. Yes, she can trust me, but I will still come up short in ways I cannot yet predict. Yes, I have the maturity, but I still have a lot of growing to do.
And then we clasped hands and walked into that wild unknown.
Wise words indeed. Click Here to read the whole article and then let me know what you think. And seriously, there is no “right time” when it comes to love. It just hits you. When you know, you know. And when you know, do something about it.
According to ESPN Dallas and the AP, the Texas Rangers have agreed to a naming rights deal for the Ballpark again. I will reserve further comment until they reveal who it is that has it and what the name of the park will be. But I will put this two cents in: Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Arlington has a great taste when saying it.
For more photos like the one below go HERE.
So for at least once a week during the month of January, Gene Veith has posted several articles on why evangelicals pass by the Lutheran church and head straight to either Reformed, Catholic, Anglican, or Orthodox congregations. I agree with this question question asked: “Why not Lutheranism?” Well, why not? Lutherans have Kierkegaard, Bonhoeffer, and Veith in their community. Heck, we even are the spiritual home of Tom Landry, Troy Aikman, and yes, Dana Carvey (the creator of the “Church Lady”)! Lutherans contend that the Gospel is for everyone–including Christians. Lutherans do examine their own eyes for planks before checking for specks in their neighbors (Confession and absolution in the Divine Service is where this happens, as well as daily prayers). So why are we unnoticed in America when some of our founding Fathers were Lutherans even (the Muhlenbergs in Pennsylvania)?
Anthony Sacramone at his blog Strange Herring wrote a post in response on the same day as Dr. Veith. He contends that “Lutherans are boring.” Boring? Well, ok. So we sing just about the same things Sunday to Sunday and read the same scriptures in a cycle every three years, but it’s not the Service you should come for–it’s the blood pressure-raising, action packed congregation meetings after the pot-lucks you gotta stick around for (seriously, I’ve never seen so much debate and angst over what color the new carpet should be)!
All kidding aside though, this is one of my favorite parts of the article as to why one should consider Lutheran theology compared to the others:
… OK. So Lutherans don’t so much get bad press, as no press. But what to do now? How to capture the attention of these millennials now?
Haven’t a clue.
Look, if the millennial in question is looking for a church with a rich catholic heritage, one where he or she doesn’t have to make believe the Holy Spirit went AWOL from Clement of Rome to Geneva, but who also doesn’t believe in a literal six-day creation or a universal flood through which Noah carried baby dinosaurs, then confessional Lutheranism is not for them. If you hand them Pieper or Walther and they happen upon an attack on “Copernicanism,” you’re cooked. Maybe they’ll discover enough that is still attractive about the Lutheran construal of the Faith such that they’re willing to keep their “liberal” opinions to themselves — but that’s a maybe. They don’t have to worry about such things in RC and Orthodox churches, and I would imagine in high-church Anglican ones, too.
And if the millennial in question wants to change the world, get out there and fight the culture war, get those Ten Commandments back into those infernal public schools, pass a buncha laws that will put Christ at the center of the public square, and fashion a truly Christian Pilates, then maybe a 2K faith is not for them either.
So just hand them some Luther. Straight up. The only Luther I remember reading before college was the Small Catechism and mere snippets, soundbites, of this that and the other. Give them Luther’s great triad: Two Kinds of Righteousness,The Babylonian Captivity, and The Freedom of a Christian. Show them how the Great Reformer infused the catholic faith with evangelical doctrine, purging piety of medieval accretions and superstitions while clinging to what was truly cruciform. Let Luther’s voice reach down into their soul. (I heartily recommend Martin Luther’s Basic Theological Writings, edited by Timothy Lull, as an ideal Luther starter.) Share with them that the Lutheran understanding of Holy Communion and Baptism — of baptismal regeneration and the real physical presence (not merely spiritual) — is ancient and biblical and coherent, whereas if you ask a “continuing” Anglican to explain those two sacraments, you will get as many answers as there are “traditional” Anglicans — from evangelical to Anglo-Catholic. (Also make the distinction between Roman transubstantiation and Lutheran “in, with, and under.” The bread which we break, is it not a communion of the body of Christ?)
If you really want to pull out the stops and extoll the distinct way in which Lutheran do theology, direct the inquirer to Stephen Paulson’s Lutheran Theology. His head will explode. All that talk of God trying to kill the sinner in order to raise him from the dead. It’ll sound like a damn monster movie, in Apollo Creed’s phrase.
So there you have it. What does Lutheranism have to offer that Catholicism, Orthodoxy, and Anglicanism doesn’t? Luther. A pre-medieval worship that has exorcised the penitential out of repentance, all the obfuscating cults of the saints that made grace something one had to connive out of God as if he were a Renaissance prince whose attention could be gotten only by court insiders. Justification by faith alone. The gift of vocation that put a blacksmith on spiritual par with a bishop. The great freedom in knowing that God doesn’t need your good works — but your neighbor does, who is therefore not a means to a ladder-climbing end.
And the theology of the cross, which does more to eviscerate the unconsciously karmic idea of life’s causes and effects than anything else. Ever pray fervently for some good thing and received the exact opposite of what you prayed for? Yet instead of rebelling, you came to understand what it was to wait with Christ one hour in Gethsemane? You are a theologian of the cross.*
So, if you’re tired of always being a theologian of glory and want to be a theologian of the cross find a local Lutheran congregation. For my friends here at CSP, take the opportunity to go to daily chapel if you really do have the time and invite your non-Christian friends. We are in a mission field on our own campus people! Let’s spread the gospel and invite our friends. After all, if you keep knocking on the door, eventually it will be opened because of your persistence (See Luke 11:5-12).
*To get the full effect of the article, you really need to read the whole thing (which I linked to above). Sacramone explores the controversy in congregational practice in the LCMS and he has some beautiful descriptions of the Divine Service. He also points out that, “If [Lutherans are] not on the screen, they aren’t really seen.” Think about it. I really think the last pop culture reference to Lutherans in the mainstream (not counting A Prairie Home Companion) is indeed inCatch Me If You Can!
I am a member of the US military. A couple of my friends shared this video on Facebook entitled, “The Most Beautiful Thing You Will Ever See.” What an understatement. Thank you to my friends and family who served and continue to do so. Your friends and family have you in their prayers daily. Those of you deployed, we look forward to you coming home soon. God bless.
Well. I was unable to attend church in person today. I forgot whether the service was at 10:30 or 11. I did know, however that a church in San Antonio (coincidentally–nah, wasn’t coincidence–named Concordia Lutheran) webcast their service at 11. It was 10:45 when I realized that and so I elected to attend church via live stream. It was an interesting experience, but that’s for another time.
Today, I wanted to share the sermon with you. Pastor Tucker preaches a bit long, but if you’re looking for a good thirty minute devotional or dose of inspiration, this is well worth your time. The Sermon on the Mount is what’s covered and yes, Vader did not say “Luke, I am your father.” After the sermon, you can verify that here. God bless!
It has also been awhile since I posted a “Midnight Musings.” Here they are. Enjoy!
Thank God for Cornell University. Every time I need a resource from the internet for an academic paper, they always have a solid one handy in the first two or three pages of search results. Harvard is overrated people. Go to Cornell.
Snow emergencies in St. Paul are inefficient and inconvenient. If I wasn’t still a college student, I would be putting more effort into reforming the Snow Emergency plan.
Third winter in Minnesota, and I am now realizing what my Dad meant by “horrible cold” when describing the Midwestern winters.
I believe this is why my former church music director moved further and further south after growing up here.
The good news though is that a warm front is occurring this week: highs above twenty every day!
And mother nature is providing plenty of snow to keep this winter wonderland looking as white and fresh as ever. Here is the forecast:
A friend of mine posted this on Facebook via Instagram. I did a double take. Read it carefully.
When I read the line “It is just foolish to think” 1 Corinthians 1:18-30 came to mind:
For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written,
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”
Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
If what is written on that picture is truly the way Christians and Athiests view the world(seems a bit of an oversimplification I’ll admit), then it cannot be stressed enough that the Gospel–the “foolishness” of God–should be shared with the world. The most foolish thing of all is to keep the Gospel to ourselves and not share it. This is part of the reason I write this blog. Sporadic as it is, I hope and pray that people hear and learn the Good news and that they take God at his Word, learning to be “fools”. I am very thankful God is merciful and that I can live in his presence through his Son’s death and resurrection.