Sheesh. Seriously?

Sunday, 31 December 2006

The skepticism of this generation knows no bounds. I was just flipping through various blogs that have chosen to publish anything about Saddam’s execution. The conspiracy theories are starting to fly.

They allege that the videos are fabrications and that American policy makers are keeping him alive and in seclusion somewhere. Some have even gone so far as to suggest that Saddam was spirited away by US forces already in 2003 and that the man on trial this whole time has been a body double.

I understand that bloggers are the self-appointed, self-important watchdogs of truth and reality. And I accept that I’m likely to be thought simple and na├»ve for just accepting what I saw on the videos. But c’mon. Throw me a bone here. Or else let’s hear where this secret compound is where Saddam, Hitler, Elvis, and 2Pac are being kept alive while the unwashed masses continue to believe otherwise.

Thank God the internet, digital media, and Photoshop didn’t exist at the time of Christ. Then it was just Pilate asking, “What is truth?” (John 1838) Today it seems to be everybody.


LC XL

Sunday, 31 December 2006

Lutheran Carnival XL is up. Check it out.


Saddam is Dead

Saturday, 30 December 2006
Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord God, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live?– Ezekiel 1823
Saddam Hussein has been executed. Most won’t miss him. I certainly won’t. But neither can I bring myself to rejoice in his death any more than I can condone rejoicing in any death. I understand it, but I can’t condone it. And while I can approximate understanding of those who even now are dancing in the streets, it sickens me at the same time.

Would that he would have gone to the gallows with a new faith in Jesus Christ instead of clutching a copy of the Qur’an.

His deeds were deemed by authorities to be worthy of death. Even a death such as that is tragic. Yet the greater tragedy is the eternal death suffered by those who die apart from Christ.


Whose line is it anyway?

Friday, 29 December 2006

Or, Why not simply point-click-preach?

A lament.

I’ve just gone fifteen rounds on the topic of internet sermon resources, and I’m just about shot. I’m done with it. But I’m not going to sleep tonight until I get this off my chest.

I say I’m done with it because the upshot of this final round had me “taking the stand,” as it were, in defense of a preacher doing his own exegesis and his own homiletical development (this after I’ve also lately been asked to defend the Lutheran position on the Office of the Public Ministry; the icing on the cake for me is that these are sticking points between me and another LCMS pastor). You know what the funny thing is? My arguments have been sound, Biblical, and Confessional. And I’m oh-for-two.

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A little help?

Friday, 22 December 2006

The long story made short is that the guy who was slated to author our website bowed out at the 11th hour, and our congregation is website-less. We need to get one up and running, and want to have a decent offering. So any ideas?

It’s largely fallen to me, but I haven’t written a website for several years, the last time being before CSS became the norm. I’m muddling through the info at W3 Schools, but it’s a real muddling through it. We’re using free software from metadot.com to cobble it together.

So are there free customizable templates out there? The ones at metadot are good, but not quite what we’re looking for. Or perhaps I just need to find some smart people and use them. Anyway, if you’ve got any guidance, drop me a comment.


New Digs

Tuesday, 19 December 2006

Our building program is complete, and I’m in my new office. So basically this means that my life is in one big state of upheaval.

My books are almost as far away from my office as they can be.
The office is not wired for ethernet access yet, so my access to the church server is cut off.
The phone system is not reaching me here.
With the furniture in, my space is about 1/3 less than what I was in.

But I have a window finally. I can actually see something other than walls when I’m in here. That’s pretty nice. And I’m hopeful that the other issues (save that of square footage) will be resolved in the next weeks.

It’s Advent. Christians wait, right?


Deepest Sender

Tuesday, 19 December 2006

I’m trying Deepest Sender for the first time. Forgive the spurious post.