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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.

Monday, October 31, 2005 AD

Six Year Ago On This Day...

...At Grace Ev. LCMS, in McPherson, Kansas, I was confirmed as a Lutheran. Hooray! Here's my confirmation verse: Colossians 1:16-17 = 16For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (NIV).

There is another that celebrates today.

Happy Reformation and Happy Halloween!


...one of my favorite characters in horror films until Romero made them to think in his last book/film "Land of the Dead". Well, it's all explained at "How Stuff Works", the living dead, the Zombies. The site even gives home-defense tips against Zombies. Happy Halloween!

Top 100 Movies Missed

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Didn't See It/
Started It/
Finished It/
Hated It!


Godfather, The (1972)

Finished It


Shawshank Redemption, The (1994)

Finished It


Godfather: Part II, The (1974)


Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The (2003)

Finished It


Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The (2002)

Finished It


Casablanca (1942)


Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The (2001)

Finished It


Schindler's List (1993)


Shichinin No Samurai [Seven Samurai] (1954)

Finished It


Star Wars (1977)

Finished It


Citizen Kane (1941)


One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)


Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)


Rear Window (1954)


Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Finished It


Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Finished It


Memento (2000)


Usual Suspects, The (1995)


Pulp Fiction (1994)

Finished It


North by Northwest (1959)


12 Angry Men (1957)


Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain, Le [Amelie] (2001)


Psycho (1960)

Finished It


Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Started It


Buono, il brutto, il cattivo, Il [The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly] (1966)

Finished It


Silence of the Lambs, The (1991)

Finished It


It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

Finished It


Goodfellas (1990)


American Beauty (1999)

Finished It


Vertigo (1958)


Sunset Blvd. (1950)


Matrix, The (1999)

Finished It


Apocalypse Now (1979)

Finished It


Pianist, The (2002)


To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)


C'era una volta il West [Once Upon a Time in the West] (1968)


Some Like It Hot (1959)


Third Man, The (1949)


Taxi Driver (1976)


Paths of Glory (1957)


Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi [Spirited Away] (2001)


Fight Club (1999)

Finished It


Boot, Das (1981)


Double Indemnity (1944)


L.A. Confidential (1997)


Chinatown (1974)


Singin' in the Rain (1952)

Finished It


Maltese Falcon, The (1941)


M (1931)


Requiem for a Dream (2000)


Bridge on the River Kwai, The (1957)


All About Eve (1950)


Se7en (1995)

Finished It


Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Finished It


Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Finished It


Cidade de Deus [City of God] (2002)


Raging Bull (1980)


Rashômon (1950)


Wizard of Oz, The (1939)

Finished It


Sting, The (1973)


Alien (1979)

Finished It


American History X (1998)


Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)


Léon (1994)


Vita è bella, La [Life is Beautiful] (1997)


Touch of Evil (1958)


Manchurian Candidate, The (1962)


2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Finished It


Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The (1948)


Great Escape, The (1963)


Wo hu cang long [Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon] (2000)

Finished It


Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Finished It


Clockwork Orange, A (1971)

Finished It


Amadeus (1984)

Finished It


Modern Times (1936)


Ran (1985)


Annie Hall (1977)


Jaws (1975)

Finished It


On the Waterfront (1954)


Braveheart (1995)


High Noon (1952)


Apartment, The (1960)


Fargo (1996)


Sixth Sense, The (1999)

Hated It!


Aliens (1986)

Finished It


Shining, The (1980)

Finished It


Strangers on a Train (1951)


Blade Runner (1982)

Finished It


Metropolis (1927)


Duck Soup (1933)


Finding Nemo (2003)


Donnie Darko (2001)

Finished It


General, The (1927)


City Lights (1931)


Princess Bride, The (1987)

Finished It


Toy Story 2 (1999)


Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

Finished It


Great Dictator, The (1940)


Sjunde inseglet, Det [The Seventh Seal] (1957)

Finished It


Lola rennt [Run Lola Run] (1998)

Finished It

Which movies have you seen?

Sunday, October 30, 2005 AD

Offering and Full Houses...

…Bad excuse for NOT giving an offering – We must buy new shoes for our kids at least once a week! And the mortgage payment, and dance lessons, and the orthodontist, and two college funds. Now if I were single, I could give a lot to church. And if we were both retired with no more child-expenses, we would really be able to help the church. But while we’re right in the middle of raising a family, don’t depend on our offerings! And what if somebody gets laid off?

…Good reason FOR giving an offering – Some people never receive a spouse or else lose one, and many who marry never receive a child. Why are we here – to stay busy and maintain a cash flow? No, we are here as parents to raise our children in the Lord, and be their co-heirs to salvation. That means life spent with our children in the congregation, and as we give we teach them to give. Nothing teaches the need for forgiveness more than being a parent!

HT: my pastor.

Mrs. Swede and I are here - somewhat. We can still give cheerfully now with cash and talents. We hope to have children in the near future. "What if somebody gets laid off?" This and others like it are tough questions. I saw our cash flow diminish from Cessna to unemployment to part-time student job at the lab (lowest) to full-time job at the lab (highest - even better than Cessna). We gave in different capacities (read more volunteer for church stuff and less cash) as our income allowed during those trying and growing times.

Offering and College Students...

…Bad excuse for NOT giving an offering – Here I am in a town other than my home, visiting a church that doesn’t know me – if I go at all. I’m still considering the possibility of college as a vacation from church life, so don’t even talk to me about offerings. Books and BEER cost enough. I’m not giving up being Christian, just dropping out of church. (BEER emphasis mine!)

…Good reason FOR giving an offering – Only by God’s mercy have I been given the chance to get a higher education. This is no time to turn my back on life in his church. The more I learn on campus, the more new challenges I face off campus, the more I need Christ and his community. There’s no reason I can’t contribute at least something.

HT: My pastor.

We are to give cheerfully and that doesn't always mean money. We were here (and still am due to my pursuing a bachelors and Mrs. Swede's retraining) and remember the tight times but God is faithful.

Saturday, October 29, 2005 AD

The Lyrics for the Reformation Polka...

...are up at David Yow's blog. Don't choke on any brats or green jello, drink lots of beer between stanzas, and give the pope those signs I showed you earlier. You know what signs.

HT: Pr. Aardvark.

Blogroll Updated!

...This is my biggest blogroll update ever! I hoped I separated the laity and clergy correctly. The kung fu designations will come as I see fit. Enjoy!

Oh yeah, this blog is best viewed with Firefox or Safari NOT IE. I may consider changing the template to accommodate more browswers.

Friday, October 28, 2005 AD

Pr. Aardvark reminds us of...

...the Apostles St. Simon and St. Jude today.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005 AD

The Number Nine...

...Lutheran Carnival IX is up and at'em. Please thank Mrs. K. for putting it together.

Sunday, October 23, 2005 AD

Pr. Stiegemeyer Warns of Madonna as Prophetess of Doom

...I said she is the Prophetess of Disco which is more severe.

Saturday, October 22, 2005 AD

Blog Roll Will Be Updated Soon...

...there are more Lutheran blogs than you can shake a stick at out there. Some I've not added because I never met them until we joined in the Lutheran chat room.

Remember a big Lutheran blog directory is here.

My Resume (FWD Email)

My Resume

My first job was working in an orange juice factory, but I got canned ~ couldn't concentrate.

Then I worked in the woods as a lumberjack, but I just couldn't hack it, ~ so they gave me the ax.

After that I tried to be a tailor, but I just wasn't suited for it ~ mainly because it was a so-so job.

Next I tried working in a muffler factory but that ~ was too exhausting.

Then I tried to be a chef -- figured it would add a little spice too my life but ~ I just didn't have the thyme.

I attempted to be a deli worker, but any way I sliced it, ~ I couldn't cut the mustard.

My best job was being a musician, but eventually I found I wasn't ~ noteworthy.

I studied a long time to become a doctor, but I didn't have any ~ patience.

Next was a job in a shoe factory; I tried but ~ I just didn't fit in.

I became a professional fisherman, but discovered ~ that I couldn't live on my net income.

I managed to get a good job working for a pool maintenance company, but the work was ~ just too draining.

So then I got a job in a workout center, but they ~ said I wasn't fit for the job.

After many years of trying to find steady work I finally got a job as a historian until I realized ~ there was no future in it.

My last job was working at Starbucks, but I had to quit because it was always ~ the same old grind.


I got this from Virgin of Fireworks. I enjoy good puns.

Friday, October 21, 2005 AD

Finally Took the Political Placement Test...

You are a

Social Liberal
(66% permissive)

and an...

Economic Liberal
(38% permissive)

You are best described as a:


Link: The Politics Test on OkCupid Free Online Dating
Also: The OkCupid Dating Persona Test

...I am very surprised by it. I voted Republican this past election (Bush). Trying to figure out how being pro-life shifted me.

Monday, October 17, 2005 AD

Bring Me A Shrubbery!

Toyota Green has created a better shrub for the environment! Check it!

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Sunday, October 16, 2005 AD

Industrial Whore...

...would be my wife if she listened to her mother. Her mother thinks that she should take any job regardless of pay or hours or employee treatment. Whatever!

UPDATE: Apparently, her father believes the same thing. Neither of these individuals have higher education like my parents (mom with nursing - summa cum laude, and father with computer science and his own business) yet her parents emphasized that she get a college degree. So what's the point of a degree if you don't use it?

See that's the problem with some blue-collar thinking - take it up the ass regardless of your situation. It's kind of admission to absolute employer authority - yet they are advocates of unions - the anti-employer authority. How contrary! Neither Mrs. Swede or I support unions. I refused to participate in any unions in any of my civilian jobs.

They know nothing of our situation. They don't know how much I make. And none of it is their "consummating" business. Mrs. Swede can be selective and to a point so can I. More latter...

Wednesday, October 12, 2005 AD

Lutheran Angst...

...I have a severe case of it. There ought to be a club for Lutheran Angst - I'd join in a heartbeat.

Monday, October 10, 2005 AD

Found It Again!

I found it...

...when doing some apartment cleaning, I found a classic poem that Dan, the Geologist (Strong Kung Fu - can break rocks!) wrote when I got laid off over a year ago. I was complaining that I would be a "housebitch" to which Dan quickly wrote in May of 2003:

Ode to the House Bitch
by Dan Sellers (AKA Dan the Geologist)

O Housebitch, O housebitch
Your hair is not there
Your skin in not close
To even be fair.

O Housebitch, O housebitch
You are not a mare
You go and boast
Your job is not there

No potpourri for you
You smell like a shoe
Your house is so clean
And your beer is so cool.

O Housebitch, O housebitch
You are drunk again
The pressure is large
To pluck that large hen.

O Housebitch, O housebitch
Your wife is so pure
To go work for you
While you indulge in vice.

- posted by Ron OLSON, the Terrible Swede @

Saturday, October 01, 2005 AD

Abortion and the Message of the Church: Sin or Salvation?

...was the title of this tract I picked up at our church Immanuel Ev. LCMS from Lutherans for Life. I liked the tract and thought I share some with you.

There are some pictures that catch you eye but I couldn't find on their site so I'll just list them: a cross, an altar, a glimpse of Genesis 1, a silouhette of couple with stained glass in the background and a cross again. No offensive aborted babies (though there is a time for that).

Now on to the text:
"Sandy" is pregnant by her boyfriend and doesn't want to tell her parents because her parents think she's a "nice" girl. Being pressured by her boyfriend she consents to having an abortoin.

She writes:
"I was wheeled into a small O.R. and right before the valium was put into the I.V., I asked the Lord to forgive me and take me to heaven if I died. You see, my spirit knew I was about to do something sinful, even if my mind denied it. My spirit knew I was committing a grievous sin."

The tract continues: Was Sandy's abortion her salvation from a difficult situation or a "grievous sin"? What is the message of the church?

The tract shares "The Message in History" by citing some scholars from our ancient church history. "It (abortion) is one of the only several moral issues on which not one dissenting opinion has ever been expressed by the Church Fathers," writes Eastern Orthodox Alexander Webster. He includes Western writers from the time of the Apostolic Fathers up through those in the period of the Gregory the Great and the Eastern Fathers during the entire Byzantine millenium (AD 330 to 1453). "Even a cursory reading of the patristic literature reveals a relentless campaign against the inhuman sin of abortion."

The tract shares more:
"The Didache commands, 'Thou shall not murder a child by abortion,' and then connects this with the second great command, 'Love you neighbor as youself.' The split between East and West did not affect the ecclesiastical teaching on abortion. Both Rome and Constantinople warned against it. Unanimity was also seen after the split caused by the Protestant Reformation."

The tract quotes Luther:
"For those who have no regard for pregnant women and who do not spare the tender fruit are murderers and infanticides."

One from Bonhoffer:
"Destruction in the mother's womb is a violation of the right to live which God has bestowed upon this nascent life. To raise the question whether we are here concerned already with a human being or not is merely confused the issue. The simple fact is that God certainly intended to created a human being and that this nascent human being has been deliberately deprived of his life. And that is nothing but murder.

The tract also quotes Calvin, Barth and Thielicke.

In the section "The Message in God's Word", the tract shares:
"...If life is the work of God's creating hands, then life has intrinsic value, and therefore, destroying life, including unborn life, is a sin against God."

The tract continues with some verses from Genesis, Exodus, Job, Psalms, and Acts.

In the section "The Message in the Church Today", the tract shares:
"The message of the church in history and message of Scripture concur, abortion is sin. Only very recently has the message of the Church been, "abortion is salvation," an acceptable way out of a difficult situation. That message has been proclaimed loudly by the silent pastorate of the Church. "I don't preach about abortion. It is a political issue." "I don't preach about abortion. I don't want to offend." "I don't preach about abortion. I only proclaim the Gospel of Jesus."

"Abortion is never a mere political issue. The destruction of God's gift of life makes it a grave theological issue." The tract gives a warning to complacent pastors with Jeremiah 6:14.

It continues:
"Failing to preach about abortion offends women more grieviously than preaching about it. If the sin of abortion is never mentioned, then the Gospel - that Gospel pastors have been called to proclaim - is never applied to that sin nor to those caught up in the pain and guilt of abortion. Instead, Satan whispers through the silence, 'This sin is so awful, even Jesus can't forgive you.' ...The Church has the message of forgiveness and hope that can bring healing.

The tract concludes:
"Sandy did not find salvation from her problems through abortion. Rather, she found a 'grievous sin'. Abortion is a sin against God, the Author of Life. That makes it a necessary part of the Church's message. There are many Christians who have had an abortion. That makes it part of the Church's message. There are many Christian women who have had abortions and are burdened with unbearable guilt. That makes it part of the Church's message, another opportunity to proclaim the hope of the Gospel of Jesus."

If you have a chance to look at this tract do!

I hope to share some of what Hermann Sasse has to say about abortion in the near future.

Thanks to Rivers and his lovely wife for hosting...

...our monthly poker game. He was also the big winner.