24 etc.

Wednesday, 28 February 2007

Yes. I admit I’m weak.

I finally watched an episode of “24.” I found six seasons of it online. So I started at the beginning. I’m now through the first two seasons and ready for Day 3. And I can attest to its addictive properties.

Having television programs available on demand via the internet is a blessing and a curse. It is truly a blessing for one such as I (who has neither a television provider nor a DVR) to see shows without being tied to a TV schedule. Yet the availability of so much online makes it difficult to set time limits.

Regardless, I may be approaching “fan” status. It’s too soon to tell. I’m at least something of an addict.

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Lenten frustration

Tuesday, 27 February 2007

If you’ve read these scribblings for any length of time, you know that the author is not a fan of the Contemporary Praise and Worship craze that swept the nation in the last two decades and has firmly embedded itself in the LCMS.

My disdain for the style is really not personal, and it’s not about style, per se. It is, and always has been, about substance. My contention is that, while I don’t believe it is entirely out of the realm of possibility for it to be done in a doctrinally sound and reverent way, I have yet to see it. That doesn’t even mean it’s never been done, but simply that I haven’t witnessed it.

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246 Members of Congress…

Saturday, 17 February 2007

…didn’t do their homework.

I’m done blogging about politics for a while. The whole thing makes me ill. This was a bad, ill-studied, short-sighted move, and it paves the way for further disaster. It’s exactly what the Islamists wanted–needed–us to do. History will judge this congress for the path it has chosen.


No Confidence?

Tuesday, 13 February 2007

Not to belabor the political issues that have been occupying this blog space lately, but the debate in the House of Representatives today was really, really sad.
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Combatants in denial

Sunday, 11 February 2007

Every time a reporter or news reader opens his or her mouth, my hackles get up. When they decide to take on some issues I just stand there slack-jawed in wide-eyed wonder.

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Gnosticism sucks–resurrection rocks

Sunday, 11 February 2007

Planning the funeral of an almost-four-year-old is among the most difficult things I have ever done. But the comfort of Holy Baptism is beyond words, and that has really sustained the family through all this.

A while back the Lutheran blogsphere was abuzz with what I’ll term here as the cremation controversy. There were those who were vociferously opposed to the practice, citing pagan roots and claiming that it denigrates the body and the hope of the resurrection. There were others who did not take such a hard line.

This is not to dredge up old arguments, but to put a different spin on things that I’d not considered. In the course of conversation with the family it came out that they were going to have their little son’s body cremated and kept with them.

One response from a well-meaning comforter ran along the lines of, “That’s so great. I mean, that body contained his soul for four years.”

Yeah. Hence the post title.

Yet cremation need not be viewed as tantamount to gnosticism. The family’s actual take on the whole thing was that the little guy is with Jesus, but those cremanes are him, too. And God will raise that body, in whatever state it is preserved, on the Last Day.

At least in this case, the choice to cremate unequivocally confessed God’s promised resurrection of all flesh and life forever in the body with Christ.


Please pray

Thursday, 08 February 2007

Some very dear friends of ours tucked their two boys in bed last night like normal, but this morning only one woke up. Their 4-year-old died suddenly in his sleep. An autopsy revealed nothing. Not a thing. His heart was fine. His organs were entirely healthy looking. He simply died.

His parents are devastated. We’re marginally better. Our kids played together. Life is simply fragile.

There is hope. This child is baptized. He rests with Jesus, waiting for resurrection.

Please pray for comfort, for peace, for strength, for the things we don’t know to pray for but which only God can give.