Archive for January, 2010

Saints XLIV Super Bowl NFL Buy This

Posted in Uncategorized on January 31, 2010 by Country Preacher

By Baptism, I am a saint.  In seven years, I will be 44.  Tonight I am having a Super Bowl of spaghetti for dinner.  How long will the spagetti last?  Not For Long.  I am excited because member at church said we would start a program to Buy some library books.  This is good news.

Well, this post should give the trademark lawyers much to digest.   Assuming they automatically search the web for these sorts of terms, I just cost them $100 in lawyers fees.

PS.  I hope the lawyer who reads this has a nice day!

HT : Father Hollywood

My Pastor Died

Posted in Uncategorized on January 31, 2010 by Country Preacher

I just found out that the last man to serve as my pastor before my ordination was called to glory this week.  Once you are ordained, there are men who serve as “Father Confessor”, men who serve as advisors, counselors or in other pastoral capacities.  But the truth is, it isn’t the same.

A pastor is distinct from you.  And once you are ordained, they are colleagues.  Even a bishop is simply “first among equals”.  We are servants together.  Pr. Schrader served as my pastor when I was not.  He was my pastor when I was not invited to call these men by their first name.  And so, though I have not been a member of the congregation for well over a decade, though he retired some time ago, though we have not spoken since my ordination, I still considered him, in some way, my pastor.

I was a young man, filled with arrogance, hubris, and lacking in social graces.  He was humble, loving, and always gracious.  His sermons were excellent, His bible classes were confoundedly intelligent, and yet simple enough for anyone to understand.   He had a servant heart.

I remember one teacher saying to me when I was in high school, and was attempting to emulate the style of a great public speaker : If you want to be a good pastor, you should probably try and be less like this man, and more like Pastor Schrader.  Look at the love he shows to all those around him.   I think it was some of the best advice I have ever received.  The man modeled humility, love for his fellow man, and a Christ-like servant heart.

The synod is poorer for his passing.  The church on earth has lost a valiant soldier.  Friends I have known for years have lost a father.  In comparison, my loss is minuscule.  I am sad for and with them.  May God grant them the comfort that comes only from Christ and his resurrection, as they mourn the death of their beloved father.

He has now become for us an example of faith and life that we should follow.  Saint David Schrader.  Requiescat in Pace.

News Report

Posted in Uncategorized on January 29, 2010 by Country Preacher

Funny youtube video : How to report the news.  Warning : Some vulgar language.

HT : corner.nationalreview.com

Evangelism Convocation

Posted in Uncategorized on January 28, 2010 by Country Preacher

The Wyoming District Evangelism Convocation is this weekend, and your humble Forest Boar is the lead-off presenter.  For almost three hours Friday afternoon, I will be corrupting the minds of Wyoming District pastors and laity.  Actually the second half on Friday is sans-pastors.  They will be off in a sermon seminar.  So yes, for 75 minutes, I can say anything I want, and no one who is able to file charges will be in the room.  And (this is the best part) I have been assigned the Early Church.  That dangerous place when the whole church was catholic.

Incidentally, attendance is off this year, so if you happen to be in Casper, Wyoming about 2pm, stop by the Ramkota.  For those who can’t I’ll be recording me.   Officially, my topics are :

Evangelism in the Early Church

Defending the Faith : Justin Martyr.

Nothing to See Here, Move along.

Posted in Uncategorized on January 27, 2010 by Country Preacher

“Nothing happened here.”

So says a clinic worker at an abortion clinic where a woman died while receiving an abortion.  Of course nothing happened there.  There’s never anything happening at abortion clinics.  Nothing at all.  Nothing to see here, move along everyone.  Arbeit Macht Frei.  Nothing to see.  Move along…

Told Ya So

Posted in Uncategorized on January 27, 2010 by Country Preacher

Back in my seminary days, when I was younger and lighter, though apparently still profoundly foresightful, I remember hearing a class lecture on the WELS doctrine of the ministry.  I wrote a note to my BFF, “WELS will have women pastors  within the next 20 years.   But they still won’t have woman voters.”

Well, it turns out, I was right!  Not that I’m surrpised, of course.  But it’s still nice to hear myself say.

Read it hear.

The Hitchens Interview

Posted in Uncategorized on January 27, 2010 by Country Preacher

By now you’ve probably heard of the interview that Christopher Hitches did for Portland Magazine.  They had him interviewed by a Unitarian leader.  (If I say minister, it means she ministers on behalf of another, but it is clear from the interview that she really doesn’t.)  The money quote is this one :

The religion you cite in your book is generally the fundamentalist faith of various kinds. I’m a liberal Christian, and I don’t take the stories from the scripture literally. I don’t believe in the doctrine of atonement (that Jesus died for our sins, for example). Do you make and distinction between fundamentalist faith and liberal religion?

I would say that if you don’t believe that Jesus of Nazareth was the Christ and Messiah, and that he rose again from the dead and by his sacrifice our sins are forgiven, you’re really not in any meaningful sense a Christian.

The athiest knows that so-called liberal Christianity is not Christianity at all.  In the statements which follow, the Unitarian tries to defend her belief, leading to such rhetorical gems as these from Hitchens :

Saying that she “makes so sense – at all.”

Suggesting she doesn’t take religion seriously.

Getting her to admit that religion can be done away with in favor of humanism.

Of course, by the end of the interview, they have pretty much done away with God entirely.  Read the entire thing for yourself. It’s worth your time.  Interesting to see what the enemy is up to.