Archive for February, 2010

The sad thing is, I’m not surprised

Posted in Uncategorized on February 28, 2010 by Country Preacher

Once again, POTF has a post worth reading.  My comments :

A pastor that changes the ecumenical creeds is not only no pastor, he is no Christian.  If this is indeed a Lutheran pastor, and he has indeed done this, then here is what I say to him :

Sir, when you were ordained, you swore before the altar of the Lord to teach in accord with scripture and the Lutheran Confessions.  You have broken this vow.  As a member of the synod, you accept without reservation the three ecumenical creeds as your confession.  By writing your own, you place yourself outside of the synod.  Worse by rejecting the three creeds which define Christendom, you place yourself outside the church of all ages.  You are sir, a wolf in sheep’s clothing who has come to scatter the flock rather than be a faithful shepherd.  You no longer have authority over those who would seek out a place where God’s word can be heard, for they are seeking after the voice of their shepherd.  You are not it.

As for the “relationship or religion” question, this is simply a false dichotomy.  By assuming that doctrine is religion and whatever heresy he is engaging in is relationship, he has done nothing more than reinvent gnosticism.  There is truly nothing new under the sun, and this Cerinthus is simply trying to serve warmed up leftovers of ancient heresies.  My recommendation is : The next time you see him, wipe the dust off of your feet at him.  Really, wipe your shoes and walk away.  If family connections prevent it, remember that our Lord is more important than family connections.

There is a time to remain faithful in a bad situation and testify that the error will be opposed, and a time to  testify that the faith has been lost and that the church no longer exists in that place.  If what has been written about him is true,  this man has passed from the former to the latter.  The only reason to stay in the congregation any longer would be if he is being opposed actively by members of the congregation, and there is some hope of removing him.  Otherwise the congregation which you leave is not even a Christian one.  It is a gnostic sect.

Yes, it is fun being a Donatist.  Try it sometime.

Amatuer Hour (Again)

Posted in Uncategorized on February 24, 2010 by Country Preacher

As a follow up to my earlier post on the great job done by the BOD regarding the sale of KFUO FM, we have this report from Respublica.

Awesome.  Now we can add :

The sale denounced in bipartisan fasion on the floor of the US House of Respresentatives?  Check.

Yeah, we’re looking really great here.   The synod should get some outside help to advise them on this matter, so they don’t have quite so much public scandal.  Since Richard Nixon is already dead, how about Rod Blagojevich?  John Edwards?  Ted Haggard? Eliot Spitzer? Jack Abramoff?  Anyone?  Anyone?

Say the Black, Do the Red, Defended against charges of “Stupid”

Posted in Uncategorized on February 22, 2010 by Country Preacher

Preach it, brother Gaba.

I am a longtime subscriber to “Say the Black, Do the Red.”  I knew something about the “stupid rubrics” post bothered me, but couldn’t figure out what it was, besides using my favorite liturgical directive to suggest a minimalist approach to liturgy.  Thank you for clarifying.

 

POTF Must Be Making This Up

Posted in Uncategorized on February 18, 2010 by Country Preacher

Putting Out the Fire can not be serious about this.  Apparently someone in New York wants a person to dress up as Jesus and dance with his daughter at her sweet sixteen party.

I am reminded of what atheist comedian Jimmy Carr says :

Jesus loves you.  He’s not in love with you.

Sometimes, that really has to be said.  And I did.  At the district Evangelism Conference.

I’m not sure why it is that my Circuit Visitor thinks I’m always getting him into trouble…

Weinrich

Posted in Uncategorized on February 17, 2010 by Country Preacher

Weinrich’s Early church lectures, session 18 and 19 include some rocking liturgy comments.

19 contains one of Weinrich’s famous “sermons” on the seriousness of sin.

As far as I am concerned, must listening.  If you haven’t listened yet, go here. Click on the Weinrich folder.

Things My Kids Teachers Don’t Know : Ash Wednesday Edition

Posted in Uncategorized on February 17, 2010 by Country Preacher

1) It is NOT appropriate for 3-5 graders to have “Goth Day” at school.

2) Because something is done by High School or Middle School students, that does not mean that 7-10 year olds should be doing it.  Examples would include : driving a car, smoking, drinking, sneaking out of the house to spend the night with your boyfriend, and … oh yes, having “Goth Day.”

3) If you decide to have a day that glorifies and sexualizes the destructive power of death, on the day when 100 million Americans have a day of fasting and humiliation because of sin which brings on death, you will deeply offend them.

4) Yes, I will pull my daughter out of school over this.

Iron Preacher – Hee-ahh!

Posted in Uncategorized on February 17, 2010 by Country Preacher

A reminder : Go to Tabletalkradio.org, click on “Podcasts” and download the latest episode.  I take on the Iron Preacher!

Spoilers after the jump. Continue reading