Sunday, July 31, 2005
What Is Islam?
Saturday, July 30, 2005
Modern Day Money Changers
On-line religious teaching
Friday, July 29, 2005
What can we learn from Pope Benedict XVI's first 100 days in office?
Well, his personal style has been good-humoured, to the extent that he makes self-deprecating jokes about being German. He has a penchant for designer sunglasses and white baseball caps. He smokes, plays the piano and likes cats. In keeping with his lack of pomposity he has had the triple tiara, the anachronistic heraldic symbol of a pope as temporal ruler, dropped from his coat of arms in favour of a mitre.
Less comfortable in crowds than his predecessor, Pope Benedict has confirmed only one foreign visit so far, to Cologne for August's World Youth Day celebrations. That trip will be watched closely for his comments on the spiritual perils facing Europe through secularism and relativism, which so vexed him before his election.
The Pope's most significant act to date has been the appointment of Archbishop William Levada, Archbishop of San Francisco, to replace himself as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The American has a reputation as a reconciler rather than a punisher, suggesting that his selection bodes well for other appointments expected later this year.
"Today Gaza, tomorrow Jerusalem"
Pastor Crowell's life
Thursday, July 28, 2005
Pastor Mike Crowell
- Rick Warren
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
St. Paul's Lutheran School
Are you supporting Islam by drinking Caribou coffee?
Monday, July 25, 2005
Sunday, July 24, 2005
Da Vinci Code
Thursday, July 21, 2005
Sunday, July 17, 2005
Jesus on TV
Saturday, July 16, 2005
I blame the radio for sowing a good deal of confusion where theology is concerned. And television is worse. You can spend forty years teaching people to be awake to the fact of mystery and then some fellow with no more theological sense than a jackrabbit gets himself a radio ministry and all your work is forgotten. I do wonder where it will end.
Friday, July 15, 2005
Benoit Bariteau, associate general secretary of the bishops' conference, clarified later that that the Church would only deny baptism if both fathers, or both mothers, insisted on signing the baptismal certificate. The Ottawa Citizen newspaper reported that Bariteau explained that if one signature is sufficient for both parents, the Church would not refuse to baptize children of a same-sex couple.
And now for something completely different ...
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Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Evolution & the Catholic Church
The Lutheran Handbook
It's published by Augsburg Fortress which has even set up a series of videos to publicize the book. (On my computer, the Quick Time Player was best.)
There is good discussion about the "dangers" of praise songs (glazed looks & hand raisers), dealing with noisy kids & chatty neighbors during the service, how to stay awake, and what to bring to pot lucks.
In a more serious vein, the book includes an abbreviated version of Luther's Small Catechism and many maps & diagrams. Perhaps the most intriguing is "How to become a theologian of the Cross (and avoid being a theologian of glory)." There are also detailed instructions on consoling and blessing people.
I found the sections on comparative religions and comparisons between liturgical and non-liturgical churches helpful to my understanding fellow seekers. For those tempted by heresy, there is even a section on how to avoid getting burned at the stake. (I wonder if this was intended especially for pastors. )
Things I didn't know: (a) Luther's last written words: "It's true. We're beggars." (b) One of Martin Luther's favorite ways to banish the devil: Break wind. The devil (along with anyone else in the room) might well leave you alone.
I wonder if Fortress would offer multiple copies of the book at a discount; it would be a great way for Lutheran churches to introduce seekers to Lutheranism.
Sunday, July 10, 2005
St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church
This morning we attended St. Anthony Park Church in St. Paul where our daughter, Kristine, is a member with our grandchildren. The low point, just before the service started, was a woman looking for a seat while carefully guarding her Caribou latte. Also, I'm not going to get into dress codes, except to say that it seems like it's only old fogies like me that wear ties & jackets on Sunday mornings.
For me the high point at St. Anthony Park is usually the liturgy; today we chanted a portion of Psalm 65. The Epistle lesson from Romans 8, particularly verse 6, was convicting: To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. Where is my mind set most of the time?
Pastor Amy spoke on the Gospel lesson from Matthew 13: the parable of the sower. She made an interesting point. We are not to be repotted - we are not to worry about fertilizer - Jesus tells us just to LISTEN. Listen, because there is nothing we can achieve by ourselves. Listen, because there is good news - the good news of the Gospel.