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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, August 31, 2005 AD

Dear Family and Friends...

...the following posts are some of my favorite wedding pictures.

Last year we shared with you about the ceremony here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

For our third anniversary, I'm taking Erica to Colorado Springs, Colorado. These are the places we'll be visiting: the Royal Gorge, Seven Falls, Cave of the Winds, Cheyenne Mt. Zoo, the Cog Rail up Pikes Peak.

Bride showing train 1

Bride showing train 1, originally uploaded by Terrible_Swede.

Wedding dress made by Grandma McGee. Wow! Courtesy not-of-me.

Bride and Groom Down the Aisle

Courtesy not-of-me.

Bride and Groom with Pastor

Courtesy not-of-me.

Bride and Groom on Kneeling Bench

Courtesy not-of-me.

Bride and Groom Following Cross

Whew! It's over. Courtesy not-of-me.

Bride with Mothers

Bride with Mothers, originally uploaded by Terrible_Swede.

Erica's mother, Diana, is on your left. My mother is on your right. Courtesy not-of-me.

Kung Fu Master Hoger Preaching

Our wedding ceremony at Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church, Wichita. Kansas, 31AUG2002. Courtesy not-of-me.

Bride and Groom Toasting at ULC

Bride and Groom Toasting, originally uploaded by Terrible_Swede.

Wedding cake made by my littlest sister Josie the Baker. Courtesy not-of-me.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 AD

My Other Hat

My Other Hat, originally uploaded by Terrible_Swede.

My other TRD (Toyota Racing Development) hat came in today! I got it from Toyota Racing Gear!

My Hat

My Hat, originally uploaded by Terrible_Swede.

My TRD (Toyota Racing Development) hat came in today! I got it from Toyota Racing Gear!

Monday, August 29, 2005 AD

The Luther Carnival III Is Up!

...Over at Intolerant Elle's site. This weeks Lutheran hero is Frederick III the Wise.

Sunday, August 28, 2005 AD

Dear Pastor Borghardt

Please forgive me for my rude and distasteful post that occured Saturday evening, August 27th, 2005. In my anger, I expressed my frustration and sinned by violating the Eighth Commandment toward you. The post has been removed at my blog and removed by the moderator at Here We Stand (HWS).

I am courtesy copying my own pastor, the other pastors who are concerned, the creators of the Lutheran Carnival, Stan Lemon (admin of Higher Things) and Josh Strodtbeck (creator/moderator of HWS).

I will post this email at my main blog and Here We Stand, where the infractions occurred. This email has been edited by my wife.

Mea Culpa,
Ron Olson the Terrible Swede

Monday, August 22, 2005 AD

Window to the Soul...

...is NOT what a web log (blog) is. What a blog is is bits and pieces of interests and character of the blogger. Mine include my wife, my friends, aviation, beer, Lutheran theology, Star Wars, Lego Porn, etc.

Only God knows the heart, mind and soul of the blogger.

Sunday, August 21, 2005 AD

One of Many...

...blogs that I will be adding to my blog rolls. I've got more to add.

Brain food would sum up Dr. CPA. Some know him by other names - I call him friend.

Here's one for starters. And it's compliment.

The Lutheran Carnival II

...is up and running at Random Thoughts of a Confessional Lutheran. Enjoy!

Friday, August 19, 2005 AD

Thomas' Left Foot

The Thomist...

You say I am a Thomistic-type thinker:
Cause and Effect
Cause and Effect
A break in Cause and Effect: Miracle.

But that Thomistic mind sometimes becomes the doubting Thomas mind:
Do you love me, Lord?
Are you with me, Lord?
Why, Lord, why?

by the Terrible Swede
Copyright 2000

The Poem I Wrote At the Footer Was A Footer

O, Man of Doubt!

When in doubt do not ask,
"Who am I?"
For this provides hours of futility.

O, Man of Doubt, the question should be,
"Whose am I?"
And the answer solidifies the most restless soul,
"I am His - purchased with blood."

by the Terrible Swede
Copyright 2000

Lutherans vs. Eastern Orthodox

Or theology of the cross (Lutheran) vs theology of glory (Orthodox).

I was just informed that KFUO.org (a Lutheran radio site) and Issues, Etc. (a Lutheran radio program) will have an interview between Kung Fu Master Todd Wilken and Father Matusiak of the Orthodox Church of America (OCA) sometime Friday afternoon. Should be interesting. If you haven't been following the dialogue on the Yahoo Group it's OK - there are some catechetical moments. But the EO just remind me of my non-denom charismatic theology of glory work-righteous PAST way of life.

I'll catch it later by MP3 or something. Friday's are busy: work half the day, math class, listen to a guest math professor, mow church lawn, enjoy beer and poker with Dan and friends into Friday evening, watch Stargate late with Erica.

HT: Lutheran-Orthodox Yahoo Group.

Thursday, August 18, 2005 AD

School Problem No. 1.5

Stop me if I ever do this: I am "taking care of business" in one of the men's bathrooms on the third floor of Jabara Hall (the Math Department) and one of the profs is rambling equations while he's "taking care of business" - WHILE he's taking care of business! Is there no sacred space?!

School Problem No. 1

This one will gross everybody, not just math majors: I hate it when the professors (TAKE NOTE CPA!) hand out the syllabi, and later the homework, by LICKING their fingers to separate the papers. Gross!

School Problem No. 2

Understanding your math professors from other countries. You have to tune you ears to their accent whether from India or Indonesia. This sometimes translates to the chalkboard apart from the equations. I have one professor from India that likes to use "s"'s instead of "z"'s when he writes. Poor example: "Analyse this", should be "Analyze this". This is a real stumbling block to us Americans.


School has started!

Yea for learning. Nay for time on homework.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005 AD


"Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son
Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them
went on together, Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham,
`Father?' `Yes, my son?' Abraham replied. `The fire and wood are here,'
Isaac said, `but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?' Abraham
answered, `God Himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my
son.'" (Genesis 22:6-8)

"When Abraham heard God's Word about offering his son, he had reason enough
to debate whether the words should be understood literally or with a
tolerable or mild interpretation. They conflicted openly not only with all
reason and with divine and natural law, but also with the chief article of
faith about the promised Seed, Christ, Who was to be born of
Isaac. Nevertheless, when the promise of the blessed Seed from Isaac was
given to him, Abraham honoured God's truthfulness. He confidently
concluded and believed that what God promised He could also do, although it
appeared impossible to his reason. So also about Isaac's sacrifice he
understood and believed God's Word and command plainly and simply, as they
read according to the letter. He committed the matter to God's almighty
power and wisdom, which, he knew, has many more modes and ways to fulfill
the promise of the Seed from Isaac than he could comprehend with his blind
We, too, are simply to believe with all humility and obedience our Creator
and Redeemer's plain, firm, clear, solemn words and command, without any
doubt and dispute about how it agrees with our reason or is possible. For
these words were spoken by that Lord Who is infinite Wisdom and Truth
itself. He can do and accomplish everything He promises." (FC, SD, VII, 46-7)

"The Lamb, the Lamb,
O Father, where's the sacrifice?
Faith sees, believes,
God will provide the Lamb of price!
Worthy is the Lamb Whose death makes me His own!
The Lamb is reigning on His throne!

The Lamb, the Lamb,
One perfect final offering.
The Lamb, the Lamb,
Let earth join heav'n His praise to sing.
Worthy is the Lamb Whose death makes me His own!
The Lamb is reigning on His throne!

The Lamb, the Lamb,
As wayward sheep their shepherd kill
So still, His will
On our behalf the Law to fill.
Worthy is the Lamb Whose death makes me His own!
The Lamb is reigning on His throne!

He sighs, he dies,
He takes my sin and wretchedness.
He lives, forgives,
He gives me His own righteousness.
Worthy is the Lamb Whose death makes me His own!
The Lamb is reigning on His throne!

He rose, He rose,
My heart with thanks now overflows.
His song prolong
`Til ev'ry heart to Him belong.
Worthy is the Lamb Whose death makes me His own!
The Lamb is reigning on His throne!
(by Gerald Coleman, in LC-MS's Hymnal Supplement 98, 822)

Hat tip to Pr. Williams, Canadian Kung Fu Master.

Another "Fecal" Load of Lutheran Blogs...

...are again upon us. I will update my blogroll accordingly but the ultimate Lutheran directory is here. I think the oldest Lutheran blogs may be Mr. Chris Jones (December 2001), the Fearsome Pirate (March 2002), and Pastor Clint Schnekloth (July 2002). Anyone care to challenge me on this? (BTW, Dan the Geologist is my "Blog Father".)

Monday, August 15, 2005 AD


Rejoice, highly favoured one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among
women. (Luke 1:28)

"My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour."
(Luke 1:46-47)

"Granted that blessed Mary prays for the church, does she receive souls in
death, does she overcome death, does she give life? What does Christ do if
blessed Mary does all this? Even though she is worthy of the highest
honours, she does not want to be put on the same level as Christ, but to
have her example considered and followed. " (Ap. XXI, 27)

"On account of this personal union and communion of the natures, Mary, the
most blessed virgin did not conceive a mere ordinary human being, but a
human being Who is truly the Son of the Most High God, as the angel
testifies. he demonstrated His divine majesty even in His mother's womb in
that he was born of a virgin without violating her virginity. Therefore
she is truly the Mother of God and yet remained a virgin." (FC, SD, VIII, 24)

[a very fine quote on Mary as Mother of God by Luther, was sent by Ephrem,
one of our Orthodox moderators, as one of the very first posts on this forum.]

"The angel Gabriel from heaven came,
With wings as drifted snow, with eyes as flame:
`All hail to thee, O lowly maiden Mary,
Most highly favoured lady."

`For know a blessed mother thou shalt be,
All generations laud and honour thee;
Thy Son shall be Emmanuel, by seers foretold,
Most highly favoured lady.'

Then gentle Mary meekly bowed her head;
`To me be as it pleaseth God,' she said.
`My soul shall laud and magnify God's holy name.'
Most highly favoured lady.

of her, Emmanuel, the Christ, was born
In Bethlehem all on a Christmas morn,
And Christian folk throughout the world will ever say:
`Most highly favoured lady,'
(LC-MS's Hymnal Supplement 98, 805)

Grant, we humbly pray, O Lord, to Your servants the gift of Your heavenly
blessing that, as the Son of the Blessed Virgin Mary has granted us
salvation, we may daily grow in Your favour; through Jesus Christ, Your
Son, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One god, now and
forever. Amen.

Thanks to Canadian Kung Fu Master Paul Williams, the Lutheran Moderator of the Yahoo Group Orthodox-Lutheran dialogue.

Also, please see, Pr. Aardvark's excellent post as well.

UPDATE: Mr. Stan Lemon has a similar post but it is the comments that I find interesting. I don't agree with Stan on the whole semper virgo thing - not impossible just improbable. Is this an adiaphoron? I would say yes.

Look! Everything Tarantino Has A New Design!

It is one of my favorite sites. My first favorite used to be Pulp Fiction but now it takes second to Kill Bill. I didn't notice the change until recently because of life: taking care of wife, home, school and work. Time flies.

Sunday, August 14, 2005 AD

The New Book of Concord...

...rocks! I saw my first copy of the BOC after church. It has some interesting artwork and a helpful timeline. I am impressed. Good job to those who put it together. Wow!

The First Lutheran Carnival Post...

...is up and running. Go and visit! Thanks to Dan the Geologist and his girlfriend, Intolerant Elle.

The Precious...

...at least to my wife. She has posted some pictures of some earrings I bought along time ago in a galaxy far, far away. She looks hot and very delighted that she found the precious. Now if she just wouldn't lose them for a third time.

STAR WARS: Children of the Jedi

...by Barbara Hambly was better than OK but not the best sci-fi I've read. It's fast and riveting. It's also my second Star Wars book that I've ever owned or read. Yeah, yeah: Star Wars virgin. STAR WARS: Tales of the Bounty Hunters is still my favorite but I expect that to change maybe not this year because school is gearing up again. I've really wanted to read more Star Wars and other sci-fi but my past as a charismatic non-denom Christian frowned on reading anything that wasn't Christian.

Any way, here's a good summary. Basically, the bad guys get away which leads to another story and book. Cool.

I duped the post at Darth Swede as well.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005 AD

The Piper and the Pieta

One of many things that I love about being a Lutheran is the Doctrine of Vocation. Whether you're a pilot for the Piper or a painter for the Pieta, each when practiced correctly, are holy vocations. Each serves God and neighbor in a different way. We see this in our Holy Scriptures. Besides, "It's not God who needs our good works but our neighbor. (Pelikan?)" and "It is God who milks the milk through the milkmaid. (Luther)" [Oh, wait, I must be stoopid for using a Luther quote. Whatever.]

Monday, August 08, 2005 AD

So Burger King...

...has a new chicken product called "chicken fries". Haven't tried them yet but plan to. It's their website that I found funny: Coq Roq. Hehe, they said "coq". At least they weren't going for the homosexual commercials that Sonic did last summer.

Sunday, August 07, 2005 AD

It Lifts and Separates...

...It's also known as the Lutheran Carnival. My beer buddy and his girlfriend started a new blog to increase readership. Check it out!

New Reforms

New Reforms
Originally uploaded by Terrible_Swede.
I am so sacrilegious!

Friday, August 05, 2005 AD

Another Lutheran Site of Interest...

...is Deaf Jesus Dot Org. The center of the web page is the "We Believe." The "About Us" says this:

DeafJesus.org uses RealVideo streaming media technology to offer on-demand and live programs over the Internet. The RealOne player is a plug-in for your Internet browser that allows video and audio to play on your computer without having to wait for long download times. You will need to install the RealOne player for your browser to receive audio/video. We also use QuickTime technology for our devotions, Bible stories, and other resources.

Of course, the best teacher is someone with experience in the field and those with these skills are hard to find.

My wife and I don't agree that it's a true foreign language (she says it is, I don't) it's a ministry that is sometimes overlooked - even by Lutherans! (Lutherans have a rich history with social concerns, to name a few: Lutheran Social Services, Lutherans for Life, and Lutheran Braille Workers.)

My concern when Erica started deaf interpretation was this: Will they teach Lutheran liturgy? Or will she be fighting contemporary hodge podge?

I am happy she pointed "Deaf Jesus" out to me. It has portions of our precious litugy, The Lord's Prayer, the Creeds and other goodies (look in the vocabulary!) that we can learn from.


Check it out!

UPDATE: Apparently it's very overlooked. Also another Lutheran Deaf Ministry is the International Lutheran Deaf Association (ILDA). Wife is part of the Mid-west chapter or MILDA.

Thursday, August 04, 2005 AD

Robots in Disguise...

...apparently today is also the anniversary of The Transformers. (Not the step-up or step-down or iso-.)

Twenty years ago, budding engineers were able to "transform" a simple race car,
semi-truck, tank or more into a foreboding Transformer. They are now back and
stronger than ever, on a quest for Energon, a rare and potent substance that the
Autobot and Decepticon forces continue to battle for control of. There's even a
new comic (scheduled to debut in October) and a live-action feature film
scheduled to be released next year. Check out the site for the new
character bios, build your own transformer or check out the history of the
Generation 1 characters. (You probably have some old characters buried in a
shoebox in the closet!)

Never did care for the Autobots. And the Dinobots were OK. It was the Decepticons that ruled the day - they were fighter jets that transformed into robots! Then it was the Constructicons - they were awesome and they formed Devastator!

Annivesary of the Traffic Light

...is today. A useful invention (from Ohio!) even though I curse at it (wife can testify) daily and often.

William Rowan Hamilton...

...changed my view of physics. In university physics you learn mostly Newtonian mechanics, which is cool. But if you take the red pill, the rabbit hole is much deeper. So it was in Elementary Mechanics (physics 6XX - can't remember the last two digits). You'll encounter the Hamiltonian and LeGrangian ("consummating" french) mechanics - it's a whole new world! :P

Wednesday, August 03, 2005 AD

South Park in Space...

...is how Tripping the Rift sci-fi comedy is described by some. Erica and Dan can testify that I'm usually not a fan of comedy but this, Monty Python and a few others are the exceptions.

Here's my first exposure to Tripping via the nerds in the avionics shop in the Kansas Air National Guard (which I dearly miss).

On the opening of the series, a black monolith fills the screen (a poke at 2001: A Space Odyssey) and with a camera swing it's Captain Chode's command chair. There are other pokes at Star Wars, Star Trek and other sci-fi classics.

Very enjoyable colorful humor.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005 AD

I love google...

...the number (10^100) and Google the search engine. Sometimes I "google" Metalutheran when I'm on my lunch break at work. Googles returns my inquiry with, "Do you mean 'Metro Lutheran'?". No, I mean Metalutheran. So what is Metro Lutheran? It's an on-line Lutheran news service. It's OK.