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Doctrinal differences are important to the Lutherans because at the root of every false doctrine is the devil, seeking to destroy the Gospel.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005 AD

Rob asked some good questions...

...here are my answers:

What is your definition of orthodoxy?

Anything that is NOT orthodox.

Does orthodoxy exist on this side of heaven?

Of course it does. Any time the Lutheran divine service is being conducted and the sacraments distributed.

Also, in our vocations rightly practiced (we're only in church once a week - and less if we're good Lutherans.)

I am asserting that orthodoxy and confessionalism are the same thing - make it Lutheran orthodoxy or Lutheran confessionalism.

If it doesn't, what does it mean to be a Christian?

If orthodoxy or confessionalism doesn't exist, then we're without hope. It's all for naught.

If it does, are you under orthodox teaching?

Yes, back to the existence question: anytime we receive the sacraments (at church) and our vocations (not at church).

How does a person decide whether or not a teaching/practice is orthodox?

Tough one...

Without getting all circular, a teaching/practice is orthodox if it creates faith alone.

If a person found orthodoxy, how should he handle unorthodoxy?

By correcting it with orthodoxy. Sometimes gently. Sometimes harshly.

How did Jesus handle unorthodoxy among the religious?

Pharisees and Sadducees had one description: brood of vipers.

Again, Jesus did it gently or harshly. Pick your passage.

Are we called to handle it in the same way?

Sometimes. Think of how you were disciplined. How you might discipline Olivia?

That's the art of the Lutheran pastor or the Lutheran parent that I haven't figured out yet. How do I apply a balance of Law and Gospel?

What is the relationship between orthodoxy and unity?

They are directly proportional.

Which is more important?

Orthodoxy/Confessionalism. You never sacrifice truth for unity. Otherwise you get more Benke BS and Oprah Fests.

Assuming orthodoxy exists, is it okay to call unorthodoxy "wrong"?

Yes. MOF, it's a must. You call sin like it is. EX: "Abortion is murder" not "a choice".

Assuming orthodoxy exists, and unity is a goal, how is that goal pursued?

IMO, unity won't come 'til Christ returns.

So what do we do until then? Reference Luther when asked what he would do if the world was going to end, "I'd plant a tree." Wow!

We press on with our lives (mostly humdrum, few times exciting). Receive the Holy Sacraments and do our blessed (and sometimes wretched) vocations.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005 AD

This post by my brother-in-law...

...is just plain funny. Sad about my father-in-law. But be sure to check the comments!

Sunday, June 26, 2005 AD

The much anticipated book list...

...I've procrastinated long enough.

1. How many books do you own?

Close to a 1000 books. 200 at the apartment and the rest in storage. They get rotated on a seasonal basis or when I absolutely need it. They are a mix of theology, philosophy, mathematics, physics, and aviation (military and civilian). (Remember we have a 400 sq. foot home.) One day I hope to have a place (like my uncle) with a personal library so big you have to use one of those ladders with wheels.

2. What was the last book you bought?

The Hammer of God by some Swedish Lutheran named Bo Giertz. Summer book club at our church/parish.

3. What was the last book you read?

The History of Pi by Petr Beckman (Barnes & Noble). A nice read and graduation present. Apparently, there's a sequel. I'll get to it.

4. What are some books that have meant a lot to you?

Signs and Symbols in Christian Art
by George Ferguson.

Christianity for the Tough Minded (scroll down) by John Warwick Montgomery (Bethany Publishing). Yeah, I know I dog him because he's french. But he could dog me for my french middle name. I love the man and his books. I hope to meet this man and have him autograph my book. This is my first Lutheran book that I had purchased when visiting family in Arvada, Colorado, and I can't remember the date or which book store possibly before my confirmation. I would also recommend his book, God's Inerrant Word (you'll have to scroll down) by the same Kung Fu master. (Funny: My hottie, at first glance, thought my book Christianity for the Tough Minded was Christianity for the Touch Minded.)

This trilogy was helpful -
1of3: Getting into the Theology of Concord by Robert D. Preus (CPH).
2of3: Getting into the Story of Concord by David P. Scaer (CPH).
3of3: Getting into the Formula of Concord by Klug and Stahlke (CPH). Out of print - happy hunting!

Historical Introductions to the Book of Concord by Bente (CPH) partially not completely read. Not the biggest fan of history.

God's Yes and God's No: The Proper Distinction Between Law and Gospel by CFW Walther (CPH). This book was my first of Walther's. It was another eye opener for me. I saw myself so many times in that book as it described how I lived in my pre-Lutheran days.

The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Or was this my first Lutheran book? Ug, I can't remember.

And of course the Bible (which I've read a minimum of once a year in my pre-Lutheran days), the Small Catechism (a supreme apologetic book) and Book of Concord (only once).

The Dysfunctional Family Christmas Songbook by Boswell and Skenazy (Broadway Books) because everyone has a normal family. Got this one from Dan the Geologist.

Other books that I love and highly recommend:

Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess by Bobby Fischer (Bantam). This was my first chess book that led me down the Dark Side of the Force. I've slain many Jedi since then.

Attacks by Erwin Rommel. Want to see the brilliance of Rommel before he was known as the Desert Fox - this is it. Accounts of him as a young officer during WWI.

Roots of Strategy: The Five Greatest Military Classics of All Time by Brigadier General Phillips. This book rocks with Sun Tzu, Vegetius, De Saxe, Frederick and Napolean.

Star Wars: Tales of the Bounty Hunters by K. Anderson. My first Star Wars book with my favorite bounty hunter Boba Fett. This goes way beyond the movies.

The Complete Works of Francis Schaeffer. These are an eye opener.
1of5: A Christian View of Philosophy and Culture
2of5: A Christian View of the Bible as Truth
3of5: A Christian View of Spirituality
4of5: A Christian View of the Church
5of5: A Christian View of the West

One more Space Trilogy (by C.S. "Jack" Lewis) - not as well known as The Chronicles but still good:
1of3: Out of the Silent Planet
2of3: Perelandra
3of3: That Hideous Strength

A Space Odyssey (by Arthur C. Clarke) - heads up - atheist:
1of4: 2001 - A Space Odyssey
2of4: 2010 - Odyssey Two
3of4: 2063 - Odyssey Three
4of4: 3001 - The Final Odyssey

I have a lot more favorites (including Tom Clancy, Anne Rice, etc) but I'm done with this book tag. I tag the Bloggin' Brothers and Vicar Chaz Lehman.

Saturday, June 25, 2005 AD

Augustana Partying...

...here. And here (watch this one!).

Update: More here and here (this one has the beer).

More Augustana Celebrations...

(475th Anniversary)

"I will speak of Your status before kings, O Lord, and will not be put to

"Since this teaching is grounded clearly on the Holy Scriptures and is not
contrary or opposed to that of the universal Christian truth, or even the
church of Rome (in so far as the latter's teaching is reflected in the
Fathers), we think that our opponents cannot disagree with us in the
articles set forth above. Therefore those who presume to reject, avoid,
and separate from our churches, as if our teaching were heretical, act in
an unkind and hasty fashion, contrary to all Christian unity and love, and
do so without any solid basis of divine command or Scripture."
(Augsburg Confession)

Lord, keep us steadfast in Your Word;
Curb those who by deceit or sword
Would wrest the kingdom from Your Son
And bring to nought all he has done.

Lord Jesus Christ, Your pow'r make known,
For You are Lord of lords alone;
Defend Your holy Church that we
May sing Your praise triumphantly.

O Comforter of priceless worth,
Send peace and unity on earth;
Support us in our final strife
And lead us out of death to life.

O Lord God, Heavenly Father, pour out Your Holy Spirit on Your faithful
people, keep them steadfast in Your grace and truth, protect and comfort
them in all temptation, defend them against all enemies of Your Word, and
bestow on Christ's Church Militant Your saving peace; through Jesus Christ,
Your son our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One
God, now and forever. Amen.

Again, courtesy of Pr. Paul Williams, Canadian Lutheran Kung Fu Master and Lutheran Moderator to the Orthodox-Lutheran Yahoo group.

Happy 475th Anniversary to Our Augustana

Today, we Lutherans celebrate the anniversary of the Augsburg Confession. If you haven't read it - it's a short read. One version is here. BTW, that's where the mini-dala horse will take you as well.

Update: The vicars over at Balaam's Ass have a nice tribute.

Friday, June 24, 2005 AD

Final Test Question from Good News (A Lutheran Publication)

True or False...

...If Christ is truly in you, you should be able to feel His presence and hear Him speaking inwardly to you.

Swede commentary: (Don't include those charismatic Lutherans - they don't count.)

Answer here.

Nativity of St. John the Baptist

"See, I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before Me."

When all the world was cursed
By Moses' condemnation
Saint John the Baptist came
With words of consolation
With true forerunner's zeal
The greater One he named.
And Him, as yet unknown,
As Saviour he proclaimed.

Before he yet was born,
He leaped in joyful meeting,
Confessing Him as Lord
Whose mother he was greeting.
By Jordan's rolling stream,
A new Elijah bold,
He testified of Him
Of Whom the prophets told:

Behold the Lamb of God
That bears the world's transgression,
Whose sacrifice removes
The enemy's oppression.
Behold the Lamb of God,
The bearer of our sin,
Who for our peace and joy
Will full atonement win.

Thrice blest is everyone
Who heeds the proclamation
Which John the Baptist brought,
Accepting Christ's salvation.
He Who believes the truth
And comes with love unfeigned
Has righteousness and peace
In fullest measure gained.

Our Lord of love, oh, grant
That we receive, rejoicing,
The Word proclaimed by John,
Our true repentance voicing,
That gladly we may walk
Upon the saviour's way
Until we live with Him
In His eternal day.

"Almighty God, through John the Baptist,the forerunner of Christ, You once
proclaimed salvation;now grant that we may know this salvation and serve
You in holiness and righteousness all the says of our life; through Jesus
Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One
God,now and forever."

Courtesy of Pr. Paul Williams, Canadian Lutheran Kung Fu Master.

What the...?

...Apparently, I've been "book" tagged by Pr. Chryst and Dan the Geologist. I'll play tomorrow and thank you. I'll tell you I have a "fecal" load of books that I would love to share.

Thursday, June 23, 2005 AD

True or False:

...Once Christ comes into you, He will not leave you again. Once you are saved, you are always saved.

Answer here.

Daylight is the blog...

...I've most recently added to my Lutheran (LCMS) blogroll. Check out their online magazine: Old Solar.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005 AD

Adventures with Obvious Man

Bingo! We have a winner!

Tuesday, June 21, 2005 AD

My hottie...

...thinks grunting is annoying and doesn't tell her squat.

I disagree. A grunt can say a lot of things. It's a science and an art. (She just slapped me for that.) And something my wife will learn to interpret over time...(She just slapped me again.)


You scored as Martin Luther. The daddy of the Reformation. You are opposed to any Catholic ideas of works-salvation and see the scriptures as being primarily authoritative.

Karl Barth


Martin Luther






John Calvin


Paul Tillich


Jonathan Edwards


Friedrich Schleiermacher


Charles Finney


J├╝rgen Moltmann


Which theologian are you?
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I answered all the questions as if yes or no.

Sunday, June 19, 2005 AD

Question from Good News (Issue No. 22)

True or False...

...If you want Christ to come inside you, you must first open the door of your heart and ask Him in.

Answer: here.

For Fun...

...The Usual

Name: Ronald R. Olson
Nick names: Ron or "The Terrible Swede" or "Largest Filipino on Earth" or "Brown Round Friend"
Single or taken: Taken by this girl
Eye color: Brown
Shoe size: 9.5 or 10
Glasses or contacts: Contacts
Piercing or Tattoo: None
Birthplace: Olongapo City, Philippine Islands
Current Residence: Wichita, KS
Siblings: One younger sister, 30, another younger sister, 29, and a little brother at 26.

Have You Ever...

Gone skinny dipping? Yes, in the Amazon River in Brazil, South America
Been drunk? No but close
Smoked a cigarette? No but I smoke cigars
Skipped school? Yes
Been rejected? Yes
Been in love? Never.
Used a lighter? Can you say, "Py-ro-man-iac".


School subject: Economics or Statistics
Number: 666
Candy: Anything with chocolate and peanut butter.
Pop: Mt. Dew
Music: Eminem
Radio Station: T-95
TV Show: Angel, Stargate and Stargate Atlantis
TV Channel: Sci-Fi
Beer: Aventinus Eisbock
Color: Blue
Vacation spot: Colorado
Sport to play: Wrestling or chess
Fast food restaurant: Anything that serves dog or cat - roasted
Cartoon character: Most Marvel Universe characters
Name for a boy: Henry Gustav
Name for a girl: Veronica

Do You Prefer...

Chocolate or vanilla? Vanilla
Like or love? Love
Scary movies or comedies? Scary movies
Silver or gold? Platinum
Croutons or bacon bits? Mmmm...bacon

Do You Believe In...

Aliens? No
Fun For The Entire Family? No
Freedom Of Speech? Yes

More Random Stuff...

Last movie you saw in the theaters? Mr. and Mrs Smith.
Do you like your middle name? No, it's "consummating" french (ni!) - the kicker: I choose it.
What is the best thing since sliced bread? My Toyota Celica GT, I love that car. (My wife is going to so kick my ass!)

Saturday, June 11, 2005 AD

Got this one from Dan the Geologist

What military aircraft are you?

B-52 Stratofortress

You're a B-52. You are old and wise, and you absolutely love destruction. You believe in the principle of "peace through deterrence" and aren't afraid to throw your weight around.

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Thursday, June 09, 2005 AD

Please pray for my wife

...as she and several others from Wichita gather for a regional International Lutheran Deaf Association conference. Thank you.

One of the best aircraft R&D labs in the world

...If you scroll down, you'll see me making aircraft safer to have sex in - join the Mile High Club! :P

Tuesday, June 07, 2005 AD


Originally uploaded by Terrible_Swede.
As much as I like Coulter and Malkin they have two things against them: pussies and emotions.

Hat tip to Vicar Tim of Balaam's Ass.

The Thermal Swede

The Thermal Swede
Originally uploaded by Terrible_Swede.
The two little white cross hairs indicate the hot and cold points in the photo. Taken with Infrared Solutions Flexcam Pro. Courtesy of not-of me.

Monday, June 06, 2005 AD


Originally uploaded by Terrible_Swede.
One of my favorite pictures of My Tangible Peace. In a couple of weeks we'll go north to Little Sweden, get another blomkrans (flower-crown) for her, another hotplate for her and some Swedish coffee for me. Listen to a Lutheran service in Swedish. We'll definitely take pictures.

"Star Wars" meets "South Park" 2of3

Got this from Burger King. More at Darth Swede.

Our Dala Horse

Our Dala Horse
Originally uploaded by Terrible_Swede.
This is the Dala Horse that my Grandpa Olson (RIP) made for me (BE days). If you look closely he added a tail. He thought it was wrong that Dala Horses didn't have tails. He would make the tails out of wood or use some other material (those rough ropes) to give the tail a bushy effect. I've had it openly displayed on the various places that I've lived: military barracks, duplexes, Bethany College dorms, apartments and hopefully a home of our own. It has been repainted twice. "Halla" is "hello" in Swedish. You would see this today in our window if you were to visit us. We're expecting you...

Sunday, June 05, 2005 AD

Yes! I rule!

John Paul II
You are Pope John Paul II. You are a force to be
reckoned with.

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Wednesday, June 01, 2005 AD

Yearning for the Holy Supper...

...If you haven't visited Vicar Steve Park's blog, I encourage you to do so. In this account, he blogs about visiting (under the supervision of his pastor of course) an Alzheimer's patient.

Wildboar asks some good questions. Go read it! Yes, this is the Terrible Swede being sentimental.