Thursday, March 25, 2004 AD
Tuesday, March 23, 2004 AD
Professor Bruttenholm: There are things that go bump in the night, Agent Myers....
Harms’ Theses (Selected):
1. When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ says, “Repent,” he wants people to conform themselves to his teaching. He does not conform his teaching to them, as is now the custom in accord with the changed spirit of the age.
3. Under the concept of an ongoing Reformation, as it is now understood, Lutheranism has been reformed into paganism, and Christianity is reformed out of this world
21. The forgiveness of sins at least cost money in the sixteenth century. In the nineteenth it is complete free – every person grants it to himself.
42-43. The relationship between so-called natural religion to revealed religion is the same as that between nothing and something… When reason lays its hands on religion, it throws away the pearls and plays with the shells.
51. We also consider the words of our revealed religion to be holy in their original tongue, not as a dress that can be taken off of religion, but rather as its body, in union with which it has life.
72. The Catholic Church may as well celebrate the Reformation with us, as has been demanded; for as far as the dominant faith of the Church goes; it is just as Lutheran as we are.
75. They want to make the Lutheran Church rich by an act of intercourse, as if she were some poor hired girl. Just don’t consummate the act over Luther’s bones, or that will bring them back to life, and then – woe to you! (Erica read this one in class, www.editedcopy.blogspot.com)
77-78. To say that time has removed the wall of separation between Lutheran and Reformed is not to speak correctly. The question is, who has fallen away from the faith of their church – the Lutherans or the Reformed? Or both? If the body and blood of Jesus Christ were present in the bread and wine at the Marburg Colloquy in 1529, this is still true in 1817.
Finally – the big one!
2-4. The Evangelical Catholic Church is a glorious church. It holds to, and establishes itself primarily on, the Sacrament. The Evangelical Reformed Church is a glorious church. It holds to, and establishes itself primarily on, the Word of God. More glorious than both is the Evangelical Lutheran Church. It holds to, and establishes itself on, both the Sacrament and the Word of God.
...We're the ones who bump back.
Monday, March 22, 2004 AD
Michael: we need to think of a way to fortify this place …
At Immanuel Lutheran (Evangelical) Church, after Divine Service, Pastor Hoger teaches Sunday School. So far, in the course of almost four years, we have covered "OT", "NT", and "Luke to Luther". We will be wrapping up "Luther to LCMS" in the near future. It is this little portion of the class I share:
Claus Harms (1778-1855), Lutheran apologist against rationalism and the Prussian Union (unionism & ecumenism). He was troubled by these teachings but still captive to it when, according to his own account, the following occured:
A friend said to me in a lecture, "I have received a book that is just right for you. I cannot make anything of it, but tell me what you think about it later on. It was Schleiermacher's Discourse on Religion. I went home with this book under my arm. It was Saturday afternoon and soon left word that I did not wish to be disturbed. I read far into the night, and Sunday morning I began to read it from the beginning, read all morning, and began to read again after dinner. I felt as though two screws were turned in my temples.
At this point I laid the book aside and walked around the little city of Kiel. I took the “lonesome path” – the path of the “quiet ones” on the city, and it was during this walk that all at once I recognized that all Rationalism, all, self knowledge, and all self-doing are meaningless and amount to nothing in the work of salvation. The realization that our salvation must have another source struck me like lightning. If this seems mysterious or mystical to anyone, that this story is a myth or a fantasy, let him think so. I cannot express it anymore clearly. But I consider this to be the moment when my higher life was born – more correctly, the hour when my old Adam died as far as his knowledge of divine matters was concerned.
When Schleiermacher’s sermons appeared in print, how eagerly I had reached for them! And, oh, how mistaken I had been! He who had conceived me had not bread for me.
Harms’ 95 (OK only a portion) Theses are next post!
…CJ: You need to drink a tall glass of Shut The Fuck Up.
Kenneth: Is everyone there dead?
C.J.: What the fuck does that mean?
Steve: Well, dead in the sense that they fell down. Then they got back up. Then they started eating each other.
Working on building links...
My wife and I thought this was an important quote from Pennsy's "Is Lutheranism Obsolete? - Toleration, Accomodation": Doctrinal differences are important to the Lutheran because at the root of every false doctrine is the devil, seeking to destroy the Gospel.
"... the Dead will walk the earth." - Dawn of the Dead
Monday, March 01, 2004 AD
"If on your journey you shall encounter god, god will be cut," says Hattori Hanzo, the Japanese sword smith, to The Bride as he presents her with his best sword made for her revenge killing spree.
That evening (15FEB2004) we had some guest pastors (Pastors Tom Harmon of Risen Savior, Jeff Crane of Holy Cross and Allen Hoger of Immanuel) at the University Lutheran Center at Wichita State University. This “Panel of Pastors” was there to answer questions about worship. Here are the questions that my wife and I asked with our commentary of ASKED or NOT ASKED:
Questions for the Panel of Pastors on Worship
From Terrible Swede and Mrs. Swede
In order to understand and have dialogue about the topic of worship some preliminary questions are necessary:
1. What is Theology of Cross? [ASKED]
2. What is Theology of Glory? [ASKED]
With these questions answered, now we can ask the other pertinent questions:
1. What is worship? [ASKED]
2. What is worship as defined by our Lutheran confessions? Biblical worship is already implied in our Lutheran confessions, duh. To say there is a difference is a to say what Walther said, “If there is anything Lutheran that is NOT Christian, then I do not want to be Lutheran.” [ASKED]
3. Is worship a gathering of individuals or of the Body of Christ? [NOT ASKED]
4. Does symbolism play an important part of our worship? [ASKED]
5. When my wife and I were selling calendars for the ULC on a Saturday evening at Holy Cross, we saw a number of parishioners entering for the contemporary service as we staffed our booth in the mix area. (We did not attend that service.) Just before the service began, I noticed Pastor Myer, but he was not wearing his collar. My wife didn’t know who I was pointing out when I said “There’s Pastor Myer,” because he looked like all the other parishioners. How important is the symbolism of the pastoral collar in the role of leading worship, and does the lack of a collar typically lead visitors to the kind of confusion that my wife encountered, not knowing who the pastor was? [ASKED]
6. We know that liturgy and worship are intimately tied together – we could rightfully describe it as a marriage. With this given and in the context of Lutheran Worship “Divine Service II,” p. 158, what part of our liturgy/worship is subjective? Non-subjective? [ASKED]
a. The Service of Preparation?
i. The Prelude?
ii. The Ringing of the Bells?
iii. A Hymn of Invocation?
iv. The Invocation?
v. The Confession of Sins?
vi. The Absolution or Declaration of Grace?
b. The Service of the Word?
i. The Introit of the Day?
ii. The Hymn of Praise?
iii. The Salutation?
iv. The Collect of the Day?
v. The First Lesson?
vi. The Gradual?
vii. The Second Lesson?
viii. The Verse?
ix. The Holy Gospel?
x. The Hymn of the Day?
xi. The Sermon?
xii. The Creed?
xiii. The Prayers?
c. The Service of the Sacrament?
i. The Offering?
ii. The Offertory?
iii. The Preface?
iv. The appropriate Preface?
v. The Sanctus?
vi. The Lord’s Prayer?
vii. The Sanctus
viii. The Lord’s Prayer
ix. The Word’s of Institution?
x. The Peace?
xi. The Agnus Dei?
xii. The Administration of the Supper?
xiii. The Post Communion Canticle?
xiv. The Prayer of Thanks?
xv. The Blessing?
7. Comment on the following:
a. Contemporary worship is a necessary corollary of Church Growth so, “Since man by nature is inclined to imagine that mere outward affiliation with the church secures his salvation, the great practical importance of ever defining the church as the communion of believers or saints, and not as an institution, an outward polity, is manifest.” (Christian Dogmatics, Francis Pieper) OR paraphrased, “Since man by nature is inclined to believe that growth in mere outward affiliation with the church constitutes church growth, the great practical importance of ever defining the church, …” [NOT ASKED]
b. Lex Orandi, lex credendi is the ancient rule of prayer and worship. The rule of praying or the rule of worship is the rule of believing. Prosper of Aquitaine (5th century) first annunciated this maxim, “… As we worship, we will believe. As we believe, we will worship. The two are bound together and cannot be separated.” [ASKED]
c. “We are often so caught up in our activities that we tend to worship our work, work at our play and play at our worship”(Charles Swindoll) [NOT ASKED]
My wife and I did include a couple of definitions of worship from the online Meriam Webster dictionary. We thought these were fair questions to ask and were able to compile them shortly before the ULC meeting (15FEB2004). When we presented a printed version of our questions to the Panel of Pastors, it seemed to upset Mr. Wiechmann. Since when do we need to have our questions or comments filtered by another layman?
We ask these preliminary questions because they lay a foundation of what worship is, why we worship and the how of worship. Matter of fact these preliminary questions cut to the heart in ALL subjects.
I am NOT done…
… god will be cut.