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11 years ago @ Big Peace - YouTube Should Be Asha... · 0 replies · +2 points

Wrong, wrong, wrong. She's 100% responsible for her actions. You Tube is simply a conduit of information. Other commenters have already said it. Where do you draw the line? Answer: You don't. Islam is "treasonous" by definition as it seeks to establish an "Islamic state" wherever it's the majority. Does that mean we outlaw it? Nope. Preserve free speech and freedom of religion and prosecute the daylights out of people who can't behave themselves.

13 years ago @ Esgetology - Preaching the Sunday · 0 replies · +2 points

Text and context are always interconnected in preaching. Context will bring different things to light in a text, which is always multi-faceted. Consider the Gospel for Palm Sunday and the 1st Sunday in Advent. Same text, radically different contexts, very different sermons (hopefully!). There are different contexts too: church calendar, canon, cultural, congregational.

This is why sermons tend to have an expiration date and are good only at certain specified locations.

13 years ago @ Cyberbrethren - Thank you, Elector Fre... · 0 replies · +1 points

Frederick and John are reminders that the Lutheran distinction of the two kingdoms is not the same as the so-called "separation of church and state" we speak of in this country. Luther encouraged and utilized the state to protect the interests of the church.

13 years ago @ Cranach: The Blog of V... - Egypt's pig farmers · 0 replies · +1 points

"Never let a serious crisis go to waste," as Rahm Emanuel says.

13 years ago @ Cranach: The Blog of V... - The wars of the peace ... · 0 replies · +2 points

"Great day of sports on the new telly, since last weeks storm took the old one out!"

Amen to that! The practice of President's waging undeclared wars and Congress writing the checks to "support the troops" needs to end ASAP. Congress needs to own this action as its own and not slough it off on the President.

13 years ago @ Cyberbrethren - Need More Copies of th... · 0 replies · +1 points

We do have reputations to uphold around here. Love the new comment stream.

13 years ago @ Cyberbrethren - Need More Copies of th... · 2 replies · +1 points

Forest Gump on the Lutheran Study Bible - "It's like a box of chocolates - you never know what you're going to get?"

13 years ago @ Cranach: The Blog of V... - Other words for vocation · 1 reply · +1 points

It is the way I live mine. Or at least try to.

13 years ago @ Cranach: The Blog of V... - Other words for vocation · 0 replies · +1 points

"Vocation" seems to be a low-specificity word with a wide domain of meaning and nuance, as opposed to the other more specific words you lists. That's why I love this word. My "vocation" is not simply my job, my career, my marital status, my station in life, the offices I hold, etc but it embraces everything I do. I think Robert Fulghum ("Everything I Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten") comes closest to the essence of this word when he says that his business card simply reads "Fulghum." He has had many jobs, titles, and positions, but this is what he does.

I like to think of "vocation" in terms of "priesthood," offering up living sacrifices of gratitude to God in the form of work, worship, and play.