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Terrible Swede the "Earthy" Lutheran Blog vs The Largest Filipino on Earth vs "The Fluffy"
Doctrinal differences are important to the Lutherans because at the root of every false doctrine is the devil, seeking to destroy the Gospel.

Saturday, July 30, 2005 AD

The Ukrainian Lutheran Church...

...home page is here. I can't figure out why they are not in fellowship with us (LCMS). They are in fellowship with ELS and WELS. I did notice they have a link to the Lutheran Heritage Foundation, which I love. Anyway, I think their sight is interesting.

And here's their cemetary. I can't get my Firefox to load the English correctly.

Check 'em out.

Kung Fu Master Snyder of Ask the Pastor Fame...

...answers the question: What do the letters “UAC” on the cornerstone of my church mean? His answer is most certainly true.

Real Group Therapy for Men...


Real Group Therapy
Originally uploaded by Terrible_Swede.
...Need I say more?

Friday, July 29, 2005 AD

Commemoration Of Mary and Martha Of Bethany

"And Jesus answered and said to her, `Martha, Martha, you are careful and
troubled about many things; but one thing is needful: and Mary has chosen
that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.' " (Luke 10:41)

We sing of busy Martha
Who toiled with pot and pan
While Mary sat in silence
To hear the word again.
Christ, keep our hearts attentive
To truth that You declare,
And strengthen us for service
When work becomes our prayer.
(Herman G. Stuempfle)

How were Mary's thoughts devoted
Her eternal joy to find
As intent each word she noted
At her Saviour's feet reclined!
How kindled her heart, how devout was its feeling
While hearing the wisdom that Christ was revealing!
For Jesus all earthly concerns she forgot
In love and devotion to what Jesus had taught.
(Johann Schroder; LW, 277, v. 3)

O God, who bestows divers gifts and graces upon Your saints: We give You
humble thanks for the examples of Your servants Mary and Martha, the
friends of our Saviour Jesus Christ; and we pray that You would give us
grace to love and serve You and others for His sake, Who with You and the
Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Courtesy of Canadian Kung Fu Master Paul Williams.

Sorry about being late with these posts. Our research lab had simultaneously two FAA report deadlines. So busy and school hasn't even started yet.

Thursday, July 28, 2005 AD

Kung Fu Master Paul McCain shares...

...with us the 255th Annivesary of the Death of the Fifth Evangelist. Here's the post.

Monday, July 25, 2005 AD

Feast of St. James the Elder

" When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and
John. Jesus called them together and said, `You know that those who are
regarded as rulers of the gentiles lord it over them, and their high
officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead whoever
wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to
be first must be the slave of all. For the Son of Man did not come to be
served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many." (Mark
10;41-45)

For him, O Lord, we praise You,
Who fell to Herod's sword.
He drank the
cup of suff'ring
And thus fulfilled Your word.
Lord, curb our vain
impatience
For glory and for gain,
And nerve us for such suff'rings
As glorify Your name.


Grant, O Lord, that, as St. James the apostle readily followed the calling
of Your Son Jesus Christ, we may by Your grace be enabled to forsake all
false and passing allurements and follow Him alone, through Jesus Christ,
our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now
and forever. Amen.

Sunday, July 24, 2005 AD

If you haven't visited my wife's blog today...

...she is celebrating 1 year with her newly reconstructed feet. Details here.

Saturday, July 23, 2005 AD

Virgin of Fireworks


Virgin of Fireworks
Originally uploaded by Terrible_Swede.
This is O-u-r fellow Lutheran friend, Jeff, enjoying a beer at a off-duty military party. He's AKA, Virgin of Fireworks, which I made a reference to here.

He's a pretty good Texas Hold'Em poker player as well. He's looking for a woman though he won't admit: "Why would I want a Ball & Chain?"

Thanks, Nick for the picture.

Pr. Aardvark


Pr. Aardvark
Originally uploaded by Terrible_Swede.
I've included Aarvark Alley, finally, to the blogroll. I still beat these guys in building a link to Pastor Aardvark (Kung Fu Master).

I think I know his secret identity, too!

Friday, July 22, 2005 AD

I loathe...

...FAA report writing. I love aviation and my job which deals with aviation but you know government bureaucracy.

Feast of St. Magdalene

"In You, O Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame."
(Introit Antiphon, Ps. 31:1)

"Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: `I have seen the
Lord!' (John 20:18)

We praise the other Mary
Who came at Easter dawn
To look for Jesus' body
And found her Lord was gone.
But, as with joy she saw Him
In resurrection light,
May we by faith behold Him,
The Day Who ends our night!

O Almighty God, Whom to know is everlasting Life, grant us perfectly to
know Your Son Jesus Christ to be the Way, the Truth, and the Life that,
following His steps, we may steadfastly walk in the way that leads to
eternal life, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You
and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Courtesy of Canandian Kung Fu Master Paul Williams, Lutheran Moderator of EO-Lutheran Dialogue. Also, thanks to Pr. Aardvark.

Thursday, July 21, 2005 AD

So I told you what Swedes do when they get bored...

...What do Brits do? They build this.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005 AD

My wife...

...thinks I'm a pompous ass.

Sunday, July 10, 2005 AD

What Is This Bread? A Hymn

What is this bread?
Christ's body risen from the dead:
This bread we break,
This life we take,
Was crushed to pay for our release.
Oh, taste and see - the Lord is peace.

What is this wine?
The blood of Jesus shed for mine;
The cup of grace
Brings His embrace
Of life and love until I sing!
Oh, taste and see - the Lord is King.

So who am I,
That I should live and He should die
Under the rod.
My God, my God,
Why have You not forsaken me?
Oh, taste and see - the Lord is free.

Yet is God here?
Oh, yes! By Word and promise clear.
In mouth and soul
He makes us whole -
Christ truly present in this meal.
Oh, taste and see - the Lord is real.

Is this for me?
I am forgiven and set free!
I do believe
That I receive
His very body and His blood.
Oh, taste and see - the Lord is good.

Text: Kung Fu Master Dr. Frederic Baue
Music: Jean Neuhausser Baue
Preparation
48 44 88
1 Corinthians 11:23-29; Psalm 34:8; 1 Peter 2:2-3;

This catechetical hymn was written for the weekly Eucharist at Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church, Tucson, Arizona. It is based on the questions and answers on Holy Communion in Luther's Small Catechism.

If there are errors, please tell me. Erica is out shopping with the Intolerant, so I have no proof reader.

Dan the Geologist...

...is smitten hard with this Lutheran Lady. Of course, my wife had to point this out to me during the Divine Service at church this morning.

Thursday, July 07, 2005 AD

At A Previous Poker Game...

...where my brother-in-law, Nick, was the host, this odd conversation transpired:

Nick: "Have you guys tried the K-Y Warming Gel?"
Terrible Swede: "No, have you? We only have the regular."
Virgin of Fireworks: "What warming gel?"
Nick: "Hold on. Let me go get it."
(Short time later, Nick shows his little bottle of K-Y Warming Gel and begins to pass the bottle.)
T.S.: "Whoa! No, thanks @#$%*!"
V of F: "Let me see that."
T.S.: "Virgin of Fireworks, don't touch that! No!"
V of F (inspecting bottle): "Interesting."
Nick: "That deserves a drink."
T.S.: "Agreed!"

Happy Birthday Tonya (sister of my wife, Erica)!

Wednesday, July 06, 2005 AD

Commemoration of Isaiah, Prophet of God

"Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed
Him stricken by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our
transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the
chastisement that brought up peace, and with His stripes we are
healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to
his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. . . Yet
it was the will of the Lord to crush Him; He has put Him to grief; when His
soul makes an offering for sin; he shall see His offspring; her shall
prolong His days; the will of the Lord shall prosper in His hand. Out of
the anguish of His soul he shall see and be satisfied; by His knowledge
shall the righteous one, My servant, make many to be accounted righteous,
and He shall bear their iniquities." (Isaiah 53:4-6, 10-11)

"Isaiah interprets the law to mean that the death of Christ is a real
satisfaction or expiation for our sins, as the ceremonies of the law were
not; therefore he says, "when He makes Himself an offering for sin, He
shall see His offspring, He shall prolong His days." The word he uses here
('asam) means a victim sacrificed for transgression. In the Old Testament
this meant that a victim was to come to reconcile God and make satisfaction
for our sins, so that men might know that God does not want our own
righteousness but the merits of another (namely of Christ) to reconcile Him
to us. Paul interprets the same word as `sin' in Rom. 8:3, `as a sin
offering He condemned sin," that is, through an offering for sin.'. . .
Isaiah and Paul mean that Christ became a sacrificial victim or trespass
offering to reconcile God by His merits instead of ours. Let this stand in
this issue, then, that the death of Christ is the only real propitiatory
sacrifice." (Apology, XXIV, 23)


Isaiah, mighty seer, in spirit soared
And saw enthroned in majesty the Lord
Around Whose throne shone glory from His face,
Whose robe of light filled all the holy place.
Beside the throne two six-winged seraphim,
Who with their wings showed reverence to Him.
With two each hid their face in holy awe,
With two his feet, these angels without flaw,
And with the third wing pair ascended high
To span the heavens with this mighty cry:
`Holy is God, the Lord of Sabbaoth!
Holy is God, the Lord of Sabbaoth!
Holy is God, the Lord of Sabbaoth!
His grace and might and glory filled the earth!'
Then shook the roof beam and the lintel stone,
And smoke of incense swirled around the throne.
(Martin Luther's Sanctus)

Courtesy of Canadian Kung Fu Master Paul Williams, Orthodox-Lutheran Moderator.

The Fantastic Four Is Fast Approaching...

...Are you ready? My theory on The Invisible Woman (Jessica Alba) and her true origins of the force field she projects is this: she thrusts her boobs out. That'll stop any man. (I'll probably get smacked for this by her.) Maybe I'll get some force field action, who knows?

Monday, July 04, 2005 AD

Ron with mini-keg 3of5


Ron with mini-keg 3of5
Originally uploaded by Terrible_Swede.
How to properly dispose of a mini-keg for the 4th of July. Courtesy of Erica, my wife.

Sunday, July 03, 2005 AD

If we stop going to church...

...because we don't like what the pastor says - we would never go to church or churches would always be empty (besides the pastor).

Saturday, July 02, 2005 AD

Baptism Anniversary...

...I was baptized at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Olongapo City, Philippine Islands, some 33 years ago.