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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.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005 AD

15th Beer: La Rossa from Birra Moretti

...Review posted on Purpose Driven Drinking - The Misadventures of Some Beer Drinking Lutherans.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005 AD

Two Year Blog-a-versary for the Fearsome Viking?

Blast from the Past:

Saturday, November 29, 2003 AD

This site, I admit, is grateful to a some influences. Random Thoughts of a Young Conservative Lutheran and Fearsom Pirate would be the Lutheran blog influences, so much so, I call them friends. Then there is my fairly young life as a Lutheran (I celebrated my fourth year as a Lutheran this past Reformation Day.) My nondenominational charismatic parents, who I love dearly and without their knowing, probably prepared me not only to withstand this world but accelerated my becoming Lutheran. Now before I continue any further, clarification is neccessary on some points. Lutherans say from the third article explanation "...I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him;..." Combine this with the wonderful doctrine of vocation and you get me. My parents did their vocation as given by God and the Holy Spirit brought me this far through others and their vocations. Finally, there is my lovely (hot) wife, who is my Unspeakable Joy and Tangible Peace.


NOTE: My first title for my blog was "Fearsome Viking". It was my wife who named me "The Terrible Swede".

Monday, November 28, 2005 AD

A K-Ni-ght...

The Usurper
You scored 52% Cardinal, 20% Monk, 35% Lady, and 70% Knight!

You have both the lust for war of the Knight and the wicked morals of
the Cardinal. You are truly a dangerous one who likes power and will
stop at nothing to get it. If the king dares stand in the way of your
ambitions you will have no qualms about removing him from the throne
and placing yourself there instead.

You scored high as both the Knight and the Cardinal. You can try
again to get a more precise description of either the Cardinal or the
Knight, or you can be happy that you're an individual.




My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 79% on Cardinal
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You scored higher than 5% on Monk
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You scored higher than 23% on Lady
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You scored higher than 90% on Knight
Link: The Who Would You Be in 1400 AD Test written by KnightlyKnave on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

HT: Pr. Aardvark.

Sunday, November 27, 2005 AD

In Liturgical Churches Around the World...

...today is the start of a new church year. Kung Fu Masters McCain , Snyder and Aardvark share more...

Happy New (Church) Year!

Terrible Swede: 1

Mrs. Swede: 0. Yeah, I kicked Mrs. Swede's ass in vocabulary game Scrabble. I was behind and a key strategically placed word saved my ass. It was 'qualm' on a triple word square or 17x3 for 51 points. She told me she was going easy on me. I'll take 'em however they come...until next time.

13th Beer: The Alaskan Smoked Porter

BEER: Alaskan Smoked Porter - year round
ABV: 6.5%, bottle

BREWER: Alaska Brewing Co.
Date: 27NOV2005

Appearance (from light to dark): 5 (1 - 5)

Head - Initial appearance
  • Size – average
  • Fizzy
Head - Color
  • Off-white
  • Light brown
Head - Lacing
  • Excellent
Head - Longevity
  • Mostly lasting
Body - Clarity
  • Cloudy - murky
Body - Particles
  • Density - thick
Body - Hue
  • Dark
  • Brown
  • Black

Aroma (from weakest to strongest): 8 (1 - 10)

Malty
  • Moderate
  • Burnt
  • Molasses / Caramel
  • Chocolate - dark
  • Coffee - strong
Hoppy
  • Light
Yeasty
  • Not really
Miscellaneous
  • Port - tawny
  • Smoke / Tar / Charcoal
  • Coriander / Ginger
  • Allspice / Nutmeg / Clove / Cinnamon
  • Alcohol

Palate (again from worst to best): 4 (1 - 5)

Body
  • Full
Texture
  • Syrupy
Carbonation
  • Lively
Finish - Feel
  • Astringent - moderate
  • Alcoholic - light

Flavor (again from worst to best): 7 (1 - 10)

Initial flavor
  • Sweet - light
  • Bitter - moderate
Finish - Flavor
  • Sweet - light
  • Bitter - moderate
Finish - Duration
  • Long

Overall rating (out of 30, dumbass): 24

Comments: This smoked porter really reminded me of coffee as I smelled and drank it. It tasted good and strong - just like my coffee again. I'll see if Dan wants to rate this beer or not. Thanks to Dan the Geologist for sharing and the Intolerant for bringing.

Friday, November 25, 2005 AD

Alaska Winter Ale - The Tenth Beer Record




BEER: seasonal
ABV: 6.4%, bottle

BREWER: Alaskan Brewing Company
Date: 25NOV2005

Appearance (from light to dark): 3 (1 - 5)

Head - Initial appearance
  • Size – small
Head - Color
  • Light brown
Head - Lacing
  • Virtually none
Head - Longevity
  • Fully diminishing
Body - Clarity
  • Clear - normal
Body - Particles
  • Size – tiny
  • Bottle conditioned
Body - Hue
  • Medium
  • Amber
  • Brown

Aroma (from weakest to strongest): 8 (1 - 10)

Malty
  • Light
  • Grain
Hoppy
  • Moderate
  • Spruce
Yeasty
  • Light
Miscellaneous
  • Alcohol

Palate (again from worst to best): 4 (1 - 5)

Body
  • Full
Texture
  • Oily
Carbonation
  • Soft
Finish - Feel
  • Alcoholic - light

Flavor (again from worst to best): 8 (1 - 10)

Initial flavor
  • Sweet - moderate
  • Bitter - light
Finish - Flavor
  • Sweet - light to moderate
  • Bitter - light to moderate
Finish - Duration
  • Long

Overall rating (out of 30, dumbass): 23

Comments: This beer is very good. You can definitely taste and smell the spruce tips. Hat tip to Dan the Geologist's girlfriend, the Intolerant Elle for the beer.

Thursday, November 24, 2005 AD

Thanksgiving 2005: The Eigth Beer: Spaten Optimator

This double-bock was recommended by Kung Fu Master Paul T. McCain.

See, I think I've tried this beer before - very good BTW. That's one of the reason's I'm going to try to attempt to track my beer.

I have one way to determine my beer consumption - I keep a bag of all the beer caps that I've drank since 1999.

Though I am not THE Beer Tracker, I am a beer tracker!

BEER: year round
ABV: 7.2 bottle

BREWER: Spaten
Date: Thanksgiving 2005

Appearance (from light to dark): 3(1 - 5)

Head - Initial appearance
  • Size – small
Head - Color
  • Light brown
Head - Lacing
  • Virtually none
Head - Longevity
  • Fully diminishing
Body - Clarity
  • Clear - sparkling / normal / flat
  • Cloudy - hazy / murky / muddy
Body - Particles
  • Size – tiny
Body - Hue
  • Medium to dark
  • Red
  • Brown
  • Black

Aroma (from weakest to strongest): 8 (1 - 10)

Malty
  • Heavy
  • Bread - dark
  • Cookie
  • Grain / Hay / Straw / Cereal
  • Toasted / Roasted / Burnt / Nutty
  • Molasses / Caramel
  • Chocolate - dark
  • Coffee - mild
Hoppy
  • Light
Yeasty
  • moderate
  • Dough-ie
Miscellaneous
  • Brown sugar
  • Allspice / Nutmeg / Clove / Cinnamon
  • Alcohol

Palate (again from worst to best): 4 (1 - 5)

Body
  • Medium to full
  • Full
Texture
  • Creamy
  • Syrupy
Carbonation
  • Lively
Finish - Feel
  • Astringent - light
  • Alcoholic - moderate

Flavor (again from worst to best): 9 (1 - 10)

Initial flavor
  • Sweet - moderate
Finish - Flavor
  • Sweet - light
Finish - Duration
  • Long

Overall rating (out of 30, dumbass): 24

Comments: Good stuff, thanks for the recommendation Pr. McCain! The smell and taste were delightful.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005 AD

Sweet! I knew it...



HT: Dan the Geologist.

Monday, November 21, 2005 AD

Featured Beer: Warsteiner Dunkel

BEER: Warsteiner Dunkel
ABV: Bottle

BREWER:
Date: 21NOV2005

Appearance (from light to dark): 5 (1 - 5)

Head - Initial appearance
  • Size – small
Head - Color
  • Off-white
Head - Lacing
  • Fair
Head - Longevity
  • Mostly lasting
Body - Clarity
  • Clear
Body - Particles
  • Size – tiny
Body - Hue
  • Dark
  • Brown

Aroma (from weakest to strongest): 5 (1 - 10)

Malty
  • Light
  • Bread - dark
  • Toasted
  • Coffee - strong
Hoppy
  • Moderate
Yeasty
  • Light
Miscellaneous
  • Smoke
  • Maple syrup
  • Alcohol

Palate (again from worst to best): 4 (1 - 5)

Body
  • Medium
Texture
  • Oily
Carbonation
  • Medium
Finish - Feel
  • Astringent - light
  • Alcoholic - moderate

Flavor (again from worst to best): 8 (1 - 10)

Initial flavor
  • Sweet - light
  • Bitter - moderate
Finish - Flavor
  • Bitter - moderate
Finish - Duration
  • Long

Overall rating (out of 30, dumbass): 22

Comments: My beer for tonight. This is one of my favorite beers. Website is here.

My Wife...

...is a jealous, crazy woman! Especially when I say the following: "Beer in one hand, woman in the other."

Sunday, November 20, 2005 AD

Wow...I'm Honored...


...So the Intolerant has granted me the first Ellie, which I have to share with the Mrs. I like beer awards. Thank you.

Lutheran Carnival XI...

...is being hosted by this Dan not this Dan. The latter Dan is too busy in love with this gal. Mrs. Swede, I think I gotta tear in my eye...

Saturday, November 19, 2005 AD

More True or False From Good News - A Lutheran Publication

Statement No. 1...
...Jesus' suffering is not fully complete. Christian suffering contributes toward the completion of His suffering, as shown by Paul's statement: "I do my share... in filling up that which is lacking in Christ's afflictions" (Col. 1:24). Answer here.

Statement No. 2...
...Whenever a Christian suffers for any reason, he shares in Jesus' suffering. Answer here.

Statement No. 3...
...God allows His children to suffer, not because His is arbitrary or cruel, but because He is a loving Father. Answer here.

You may find the answers surprising.

The latest issue (No. 23) of Good News is WRT suffering.

Remember this is the publication that picked up Kung Fu Master Schulz after his dismal from the Lutheran Hour because he called Benke/Kieschnick on their BS for the "Oprah Fest" at Yankee Stadium.

Whereas the Religion of Christianity...

...does this for their women.

Thursday, November 17, 2005 AD

The Religion of Islam (another system of works rigtheousness)...

...treat their women like SHIT. Period. This was made more evident to me by some of my Eastern Orthodox friends making the same observations.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005 AD

Below Is...

...my second post to my 13th blog - I'm looking to conquer the universe.

It's called "Swedish Beer" and it will be my futile attempts to track and rate my beer consumption. It is meant to compliment Purpose Driven Drinking as well.

It's enjoyable now but will probably start getting tedious. I don't know if I'll be able to do it while dining-out either unless I bring the checklist

Suggestions? Comments?

Beer 1: Klaster Brewery- Dark Beer - Traditional Czech Beer

Appearance (from light to dark): 4 (1 - 5)
Head - Initial appearance
o Size – (small)
o Virtually none

Head - Color
o Off-white

Head - Lacing
o Fair

Head - Longevity
o Fully diminishing

Body - Clarity
o Clear - flat

Body - Particles
o Size – tiny
o Density - thin
o Bottle conditioned - no

Body - Hue
o dark
o Brown

Aroma (from weakest to strongest): 6 (1 - 10)
Malty
o Light
o Caramel

Hoppy - not at all


Yeasty

o Light

Miscellaneous

o Maple syrup
o Alcohol 4% by volume

Palate (from worst to best): 4 (1 - 5)
Body
o Medium

Texture
o Watery

Carbonation
o Soft to flat

Finish - Feel
o Alcoholic - light

Flavor (again from worst to best): 7 (1 - 10)
Initial flavor
o Sweet - light / moderate

Finish - Flavor
o Sweet - light

Finish - Duration
o Short

Overall rating (out of 30, dumbass): 21

Note: This is my first time rating a beer using a checklist. Gotta start sometime.

Website: Yes. Try this!

Monday, November 14, 2005 AD

A Survey...

Amor et Labor provided this quiz, followed by reasons for compiling it. Respondents are to put an E next to those issues for which they would Die, a BE next to those items for which they would Divide, and an A next to those items that are okay to Disagree about. Then they are to add other issues to the list as necessary, post, and let the author know.

  • Trinity E
  • Divinity of Jesus E
  • Literal Resurrection E
  • Full Humanity of Jesus E
  • Nature of the Lords Supper E
  • Common Cup E
  • Justification E
  • Sanctification E
  • Intinction A
  • Disposable Cups at Communion BE
  • Nature of Baptism E
  • Age of Baptism E
  • Mode of Baptism (sprinkling or dunking) A (unless forced to use one mode, then E)
  • Necessity of Holy Spirit Baptism BE
  • Ordination of Women E
  • Ordination of Homosexual People E
  • Sacramental Marriage BE
  • Virgin Birth E
  • Perpetual Virginity of Mary BE
  • Authority of Scripture E
  • Authority of Tradition BE
  • Inerrancy of Scripture E
  • Use of Images in Worship E, BE, or A, depending upon how they are used or forbidden
  • Contemporary Music in Worship BE
  • Specific Translation of Scripture A or BE (unless heretical, then E)
  • Baptismal Regeneration E
  • Decisional Regeneration E (not that I believe it it; but it is an esse)
  • Supralapsarianism/Infralapsariansim (order of decrees) E
  • Human Nature after the Fall BE to E
  • Nature of the Atonement E
  • One Person, two Natures E
  • The Filioque BE
  • Church Membership for Practicing Homosexual People E or A — Church membership for any practicing sinners?
  • Millennium BE
  • Primacy of the Word E
  • Beer E!
  • Dancing BE
  • Playing Cards BE
  • Swearing BE
  • Premarital Sex BE
  • Postmarital Sex BE
  • Healing continues BE
  • Tongues continue BE
  • Literal Hell E
  • Literal Devil E
  • The Rapture BE
  • Apocrypha (inclusion in Canon) A
  • James (inclusion in Canon) A
  • Revelation (inclusion in Canon) A
  • Private Confession BE
  • Burial versus Cremation A
  • Divorce BE
  • Entire Sanctification BE

Sunday, November 13, 2005 AD

Scaling the Secular City


Scaling the Secular City, originally uploaded by Terrible_Swede.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. Keep it down.

Is Ron promoting a non-Lutheran book?

Holy 'fecal matter'!

What happened to your sectarianism, Ron?

Oh, it's still there, I'm just letting it out just a little bit.

This is a great apologetics book by J.P. Moreland. I can't figure out what type of Christian he is but oh well.

His book covers: the cosmological argument, the design argument, God and the Argument from Mind, God and the Meaning of Life (he may be a secret Monty Python fan - who knows?), the historicity of the New Testament, the Resurrection of Jesus, Science and Christianity, and Four Final Issues.

It's a good book and it's of course better than any Purpose Driven BS by Warren.

Please pray for...

...Dan the Geologist. He is sick. Thank you.

Sunday, November 06, 2005 AD

Beichtspiegel - An Original Lutheran Tradition

...Although it's hard to pronounce, this word deserves to enter our English language as a German loan-word. It means "mirror for confession," and has come down through the ages of Lutheranism as a tool for pious spiritual exercise. The exercise which the Beichtspiegel serves is examining oneself before God's Ten Commandments, in order to confess one's sins to the pastor. It can also be used apart from Private Confession and Absolution, but coupled to it the Beichtspiegel leads us not only through the Law but to the Gospel, not only to a knowledge of guilt but to hearing God's forgiveness.

When he wrote his Small Catechism Martin Luther, copied what our Lord Christ does in his Sermon on the Mount (Mat. 5:21-48): he takes the commandments of God and unfolds their full meanings. The letter of each commandment is only "the tip of the iceberg" and leads us into the full weight of God's will. The Beichtspiegel takes these brief explanations of the Commandments one step further into our souls and makes us more aware than ever of our sins. But again, when coupled to Confession and Absolution this self-examination leads us through true repentance to the joy of forgiveness.

A word of advice: because many questions are given below, look over each commandment's questions quickly and choose those on which to focus. Not all will be equally helpful every time.

Thanks to my pastor for helping me with this.

The 1st Commandment: You shall have no other gods.
A. What has caused me to grow so afraid that I forget God is taking care of me?
B. Have I sinned because I feared the disapproval of others more than I feared God?
C. What sin did I realize God hates - but simply chose to do it anyway?
D. How have I been seeking to make myself happy, instead of asking what pleases God?
E. What do I insist on having and enjoying in order to be happy - because it's my god?
F. How do I seek the praise of others, instead of urging them to praise God?
G. What gifts or talents do I have in which I take undue pride?
H. What do I always count on for my success, instead of God's mercy?

The 2nd Commandment: You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.
A. Do I use God's holy name to express my own anger or hatred, as if he were not present?
B. Have I join in careless conversation about what God thinks and how he acts?
C. How often do I make my holy and righteous God the subject of jokes?
D. Have I told myself or other untruthfully that I am "too busy to pray"?
E. Do I get so worried that it blinds my trust in God and prevents me from asking him for help?
F. What is dear to me that I take for granted , and for which I fail to give daily thanks?
G. Do I ever finish my day complaining, as if God did not make every day good?
H. When have I been too timid to pray with others, or to help them pray?

The 3rd Commandment: You shall keep the day of rest or remember the Sabbath by keeping it holy.
A. Have I been guilty of overworking myself and abusing my mental and physical health?
B. Do I give those under me - children, workers or others - the time for rest that they need?
C. Do I take gladly the time necessary to enjoy God's creation in all its beauty and goodness?
D. Do I treat my body and mind to rest but fail to rest my soul in God's Word and prayer?
E. Have I been failing to attend the Divine Service (or Mass) of God's house?
F. Do I go to church as a heavy chore to resent, instead of as a relief from my burdens?
G. Do I make myself a judge of sermons instead of letting God's Word judge me?
H. Have I maintained a daily routine that doesn't make room for devotional reading?

The 4th Commandment: Honor your father and your mother.
A. Have I been rude or disrespectful to my parents or grandparents?
B. Have I broken any laws under which the citizens of my community?
C. Do I blame my problems on the flaws of those who have authority over me?
D. Have I join in cynical and unchristian conversations about our government, instead of thanking God for it?
E. Do I read and learn as I should in order to be an educated and active part of our democracy?
F. Have I shown ridicule for the elderly instead of thanking God for their wisdom?
G. Do I look at my parents in terms only of their flaws, instead of appreciating their virtues?
H. Have I used my authority over others - children or workers - to frighten or abuse them?

The 5th Commandment: You shall not murder.
A. Have I done deliberate physical or mental harm to someone else?
B. Have I been taking care of my own body as a gift loaned to me by God, its owner?
C. Do I dream and wish for harm that could come to my enemies?
D. Have I hurt others with my tongue by striking at them with insults?
E. Have I cultivated hatred or held onto a grudge against another person?
F. Do I show my compassion for people with physical problems by supporting their causes?
G. Do I turn a deaf ear to human suffering in the world?
H. Have I become obsessed with my own health, beauty, and comfort?

The 6th Commandment: You shall not commit adultery.
A. Do I yearn for sexual relations with anyone who is not mine by marriage?
B. Have I actually violated someone's marriage - either my own or that of others?
C. Have I used sex to glorify myself or do I take seriously my spouse's sexual needs?
D. Do I partake in pornography, lewd jokes, or wrongful fantasies?
E. Have I been overcome by vanity and pride in my sexual attractiveness?
F. Do I dress and behave in ways that tempt others?
G. Have I worked to my my spouse happy and thankful for our marriage?
H. Have I viewed my own marriage as a burden or a headache, or as a wondrous gift?

The 7th Commandment: You shall not steal.
A. Have I acquired wrongfully anything that didn't belong to me?
B. At school, home, or work, have I cheated to gain credit for what I did not accomplish?
C. Did I pay my taxes honestly?
D. Have I slacked off at the work for which I am getting paid?
E. Do I pay those who work under me what they truly need and deserve?
F. The richer I have grown, have I simply elevated my own selfish needs and desires?
G. Do I ignore charities and the cries of the needy?
H. Have I made my business decisions only to gain a material advantage over others?

The 8th Commandment: You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
A. Have I spread lies about someone else to hurt their reputations?
B. Did I spread news about someone that was true, in order for others to know their sin?
C. Have I lied in order to hide the truth about my own sin?
D. Do I stand up for others, even those I don't like, when they are being attacked?
E. Did I take pleasure in someone else's shame because it made me look better?
F. Did I fail to stand up for a friend because his accusers would have turned on me?
G. Do I spend time studying others' faults instead of putting them in a positive light?
H. Have I been free to criticize and blame, but slow to offer encouragement and praise?

The 9th and 10th Commandments: You shall not covet...
A. Have I been dwelling with envy on what someone else owns?
B. Do I view my possession so poorly that I refuse to thank God for them?
C. Have I used my relationship with another as a means to enrich my possessions?
D. Have I fought with members of my family over a will?
E. Have I carried out a scheme to "sucker" a neighbor into giving me something?
F. Have I justified a greedy action by reminding myself that it was perfectly legal?
G. Do I complain about my own income and resent that received by a neighbor?
H. Do I hide good worldly advice from others in order to make myself richer than they?
I. Have I hoped for a divorce, so that someone else could become available to me?
J. Do I pray for and encourage others when their marriages are in trouble?
K. Do I compete in the business world to the point where I rejoice in others' losses?
L. Have I encouraged someone else's spouse, children, or workers to show them disrespect?

Note: There is some talk of a 10 commandments day here and here. Remember the law is universal - so much for setting a date.

Another Note: I didn't realize how strong pietism could be. I have asked many pastors why our churches no longer offer private confession and this is the usual answer.

The Lutheran Carnival X...

...is up.

Saturday, November 05, 2005 AD

Please Pray for My Wife...

...and Kung Fu Master Herzberg as they travel separately to Topeka, KS, for a deaf ministry (Midwest region ILDA or MILDA) workshop at Christ Ev. LCMS, Topeka, KS. They leave at 0645 CST, this morning. Master Herzberg will return this evening while Mrs. T.Swede will leave tomorrow afternoon. Thank you..

Friday, November 04, 2005 AD

So My Wife Says...

...she loves my big brown eyes - that she could eat them like candy.

Problem is I love her eyes. Yeah, baby.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005 AD

Richard Smalley: 1943-2005 (Oct 31)

...Eminent nanotechnologist Richard Smalley has died in Houston in the US at the age of 62. Smalley received the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of buckminsterfullerene molecules, or buckyballs, together with Robert Curl and Harold Kroto. He died on 28 October following a long battle with cancer.

I remember that in 1996 - he had discovered the third purest form of carbon, dubbed as C-60. The first being the diamond, the second being graphite.