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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.

Saturday, January 28, 2006 AD

Lutheran Carnival XVI: Niels Henrik Abel (1802-1829)

...Welcome to the smallest Lutheran Carnvial ever!

This issue of the Lutheran Carnival is dedicated to Niels H. Abel, a Lutheran mathematician of Scandanivian descent 'cause you know I'm all about those of my adopted heritage.

Born: 05AUG1802
Birthplace: Island of Finnøy, Norway
Died: 06APR1829
Location of death: Froland, Norway
Cause of death: unspecified
Religion: Lutheran
Occupation: Mathematician
Nationality: Norway
Executive summary: Studied elliptics and hyperelliptics

Norwegian mathematician, born at Finnøy on the 25th of August 1802. In 1815 he entered the cathedral school at Christiania, and three years later he gave proof of his mathematical genius by his brilliant solutions of the original problems proposed by Bernt Michael Holmboe. About this time, his father, a poor Protestant minister, died, and the family was left in straitened circumstances; but a small pension from the state allowed Abel to enter Christiania University in 1821.

His first notable work was a proof of the impossibility of solving the quintic equation by radicals. This investigation was first published in 1824 and in abstruse and difficult form, and afterwards (1826) more elaborately in the first volume of Crelle's Journal. Further state aid enabled him to visit Germany and France in 1825, and having visited the astronomer Heinrich Schumacher (1780-1850) at Hamburg, he spent six months in Berlin, where he became intimate with August Leopold Crelle, who was then about to publish his mathematical journal. This project was warmly encouraged by Abel, who contributed much to the success of the venture.

From Berlin he passed to Freiberg, and here he made his brilliant researches in the theory of functions, elliptic, hyperelliptic and a new class known as "Abelians" being particularly studied. In 1826 he moved to Paris, and during a ten month stay he met the leading mathematicians of France; but he was little appreciated, for his work was scarcely known, and his modesty restrained him from proclaiming his researches. Pecuniary embarrassments, from which he had never been free, finally compelled him to abandon his tour, and on his return to Norway he taught for some time at Christiania.

In 1829 Crelle obtained a post for him at Berlin, but the offer did not reach Norway until after his death near Arendal on the 6th of April. The early death of this talented mathematician, of whom Legendre said "quelle tête celle du jeune Norvégien!" (American: "What a head is on that young Norwegian!"), cut short a career of extraordinary brilliance and promise.

Under Abel's guidance, the prevailing obscurities of analysis began to be cleared, new fields were entered upon and the study of functions so advanced as to provide mathematicians with numerous ramifications along which progress could be made. His works, the greater part of which originally appeared in Crelle's Journal, were edited by Holmboe and published in 1839 by the Swedish government, and a more complete edition by Ludwig Sylow and Sophus Lie was published in 1881. (Reference).

Even a prize is named after him!

On with the entries!

1. (Who else do you think I would put first? Jesus? Pietist!) "Whatever Happened to Self Respect?": In this post, Mrs. T. Swede gives her view as to why our nation's youth are so misguided, disrespectful and irresponsible. She points out that children whose parents spend more time with them and are more involved in their lives are less likely to experiment with alcohol, drugs, premarital and promiscuous sex, and smoking. She may not be a mother yet, but she's thinking ahead about how she might deal with these vices when she is a mother, and uses the text from her pastor's Epistle reading from Jan. 15 as an example.

2.1 "Grizzly Feast": In this post the Deaconess goes to the movies and discovers that the boundaries between man and beast are good. Bears think humans are food, and cannot be dissuaded from that notion. Living too close with the bear means sometimes he eats you. There is a lesson to be learned in that according to Formula of Concord X.

2.2 "Butting Desks": The Deaconess then goes back into the classroom in "Butting Desks." This time she finds a way for two of her pugnacious boys to learn to make peace with each other.

2.3 "Beer With the Masters, Pt. 1": By way of introduction into the world of Confessional Lutheran blogging, the Deaconess enters "Beer With the Masters, Pt. 1" at the Cantor's Padded Balcony. With a blog and a post title like that, what more need be said?

3.1 "Book Report: The Fire and the Staff by Klemet Preus": Dan at Necessary Roughness examined a fine book that shows the relation of doctrine in practice. The Fire and the Staff by Klemet Preus shows that when either doctrine or practice is changed, the other follows soon behind.

3.2 "What’s In A Verse?": Some kids' devotions consist of a nice moral tale with a Bible verse at the end. Given what little time people have with their kids, they should maximize that time focusing on the Law and Gospel behind the verse, to strengthen their faith. Suggestion by Dan at Necessary Roughness.

4.1 "Saint or Sinner or both?": One thing that caused Mrs. K. of Be Strong in the Grace to leave American Evangelicalism in search of a true Bible-based church was her utter despair at realizing that she was not becoming the kind of Christian that Ted Haggard and Bill Bright said she should be. She was being taught that after several years of Christianity, the sin in her life should be decreasing. In fact, she was taught she was no longer a sinner; she was saved! Something magical should have happened to her, if she was truly saved, and she should look more like a saint at her age. How depressing! [Swede commentary: You look wonderful, Mrs.K.]

4.2 "Eminem and Dylan": Along with the filth and slander, Eminem apparently knows what the right thing is to do as a husband and father. That is the impression that he has given Mrs. K's nephew, Dylan, and she's thankful for that. It can't be denied that Eminem has become a cultural icon and will be remembered by the generations that have listened to him, but will family values be his legacy or filthy lyrics? Mrs. K supposes that is up to him. As for her, she will supplement Dylan's education from Eminem with Scripture.

5. "Persecution Makes You Stronger": Dan the Geologist shares his thoughts about the type of persecution he encountered in Utah.

6.1 "Vocation and Penance": After reading a post at Hot Lutheran on Lutheran Action entitled Thoughts on Penance, Kung Fu Master Aardvark responded with some thoughts of his own. He cautions against being enslaved by the Law but rather relishing the Gospel freedom to truly love our neighbor, including the one against whom we've sinned.

6.2 "Life Marches On": In this post, Kung Fu Master Orycteropus Afer of Aardvark Alley reflects on 33 years of Roe vs. Wade and encourages Christians to fulfill their vocations by remembering to confess the Lord of Life by speaking out on life issues in the Kingdom of the Left Hand.

7.1 "Good Christian; Bad Christian": Kung Fu Master Snyder of Ask the Pastor deals with a woman's questions about her relationship with the father of their child and the woman's concerns about their relationship in light of his faith in Good Christian; Bad Christian.

7.2 "Meat to Idols": Kung Fu Snyder interprets 1 Corinthians 8 and gives contemporary application, especially as regards participation in the Lord's Supper at Ask the Pastor.

7.3 "The Small Catechism" and 7.4 "Handling the Word of Truth": This Carnival includes the first entries from the brand new Luther Library, a collaborative blog dedicated to encouraging "the reading of good books by confessional Lutheran pastors, church workers, and lay people through regular reviews and recommendations." Pastor Snyder posted the first review, The Small Catechsim, and detailed some of the improvements made with the new printing of the 1986/1991 translation while also offering criticism of a few perceived weaknesses. Dan at Necessary Roughness followed with an evaluation of John Pless's summary of Law and Gospel, Handling the Word of Truth.

8. "How to Approach Holy Communion": Via the Swede, CPA shares more of Luther on the Lord's Supper as a promise to receive and not a work we do. Very deep.

Enjoy the Carnival. Thanks for coming!

BTW, I originally requested Lutheran Carnival DCLXVI! (666! which is a very huge number indeed - almost as big as me) but was misread as 'XVI'. (Look at the last comment.) I do have a fascination of 666 - and love the coincidence. Ask Dan the Geologist or Mrs. Swede. Another reason I love 666 is I love to poke fun at people's superstitions.

Here are some posts of mine that include the 666 'theme': here, here and here.

Google Search: Lutheran Blog

...still puts me up there. What gets me is I didn't write that description for my blog:

In-your-face confrontation on doctrinal issues, life, and all aspects of Lutheranism from a Missouri Synod lay perspective.

Very accurate and I like it. Thanks to whoever submitted my blog and descript, too! I strongly suspect I have secret readers who won't put me in their blogrolls but will keep me in the blogreaders and bookmarks. Again, thanks for dropping by.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006 AD

Two To The Two...

Four jobs I have had (in chronological order)

* Lab Technician (Wichita State Univ)

* Avionics Airman (KS AirNG)

* Aircraft Airman (USAF)

* Lab Technician (Westminster, CO)

Four places I have lived (chronologically)

* Wichita, KS

* Lindsborg (Little Sweden), KS

* Clovis, NM

* Arvada, CO

Four of my favorite foods:

* Mediterranean Pizza = (roasted chicken & shrimp, roasted garlic, red & yellow peppers and OLIVES!)

* Hot Wings (no sweet sauces plz!)

* My wife's meatloaf (this is actually first)

* Big-ass hamburgers

TV shows that I like to watch:

* Stargate SG-1

* Stargate Atlantis

* Battlestar Galactica

* Southpark

Four Movies I could watch over and over:

* Kill Bill: Volumes 1 & 2

* The Matrix Trilogy (my little brother calls me Morpheus!)

* Tie: Pulp Fiction or Sin City

* Tie House of a 1000 Corpses or The Devil's Rejects

Four places I would rather be:

* Our marriage bed

* At a math/physics/engineer/Lutheran lecture

* At a place of books (libraries and bookstores)

* In an aircraft laboratory where I can avoid people and smell avgas and play with technical shit - break airplanes

Four websites I visit:

* http://mathworld.wolfram.com/

* http://www.bookofconcord.org

* http://www.google.com

* http://slashdot.org

Four people I would like to TAG?

* My lovely wife

* Kung Fu Master Aardvark

* Rob of Love & Blunder

* Kung Fu Masters in Training: Tim and Michael of Balaam's Ass

HT: Theology Geek

Monday, January 23, 2006 AD

What "Church Growth" Contemporary Lutheran Churches...

...Tend to be: me-centric.

HT: Kung Fu Master McCain.

Sunday, January 22, 2006 AD

Did you know that Pabst Blue Ribbon...

...was a hip beer? I didn't. Be sure to check Mrs. K's comment too!

A Joke...

Question: Do you know the theme song of 'Brokeback Mountain'?

Answer: "Homo, homo, on the range..."

Just Repeatin' What I Hear...

...Generic Christianity? Never.

"The fact is that there simply is no neutral, undogmatic, generic Gospel, which may then be flavored to taste with denominational additives, say a dash of delicate Anglican mint sauce here, and hearty Lutheran sauerkraut [Swede commentary: "or stinky Lutheran lutefisk"] or Baptist okra there. Every confession of the Gospel is at once and inevitably dogmatic or ‘denominational.’ For no honest presentation of the Gospel can escape the necessity of saying yes or no to basic evangelical ingredients like the power of Baptism, grace alone, universal grace, the Gospel as means of grace or the real presence of Christ’s body and blood in the Holy Supper for our salvation."

Kurt Marquart, “Central Lutheran Thrusts For Today,” Concordia Journal. Vol. 18, Number 3, (May 1982), p. 87.

HT: Kung Fu Master McCain.

Monday, January 16, 2006 AD

One Of My Holy Grails...

...Is to make a better cup of coffee - especially at work. Here's a good site for that. Can't wait to try it.

In our aircraft-hangar/lab/office, there are a couple of places to get your fix. The fine stuff is in the engineer's office. The rough stuff is out in the aircraft-hangar. I'll drink either but I prefer the stuff the engineers use.

This One's A Keeper...

While studying at the University of Erfurt, Luther lived in a dormitory that was commonly known as Biertasche or 'Beer Bag.'

HT: Lutheran Tidbit of the Day.

Another Quiz Result...

...I take it with a grain of salt of course. I just don't like people situations and I like to organize things. Ask my wife.

HT: Theology Geek.

One of My Favorite Commercials...

...Involves some guys in business attire bustin' a move to Salt an' Pepa's "Push It" (Pr. McCain, you're not gonna like that song). It advertises Nextel's comm system. I find it absolutely hilarious. I hope you enjoy it, too.

My lovely wife plays it for me b/c she loves to hear me laugh.

Sunday, January 15, 2006 AD

What Does This Mean?

...one of the best questions to ask.

Here's some information about the 'Heretic Quiz'

The Council of Chalcedon 451 A.D.:
“We, then, following the holy Fathers, all with one consent, teach men to confess one and the same Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, the same perfect in Godhead and also perfect in manhood; truly God and truly man, of a reasonable [rational] soul and body; consubstantial [coessential] with the Father according to the Godhead, and consubstantial with us according to the Manhood; in all things like unto us, without sin; begotten before all ages of the Father according to the Godhead, and in these latter days, for us and for our salvation, born of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, according to the Manhood; one and the same Christ, Son, Lord, Only-begotten, to be acknowledged in two natures, inconfusedly, unchangeably, indivisibly, inseparably; the distinction of natures being by no means taken away by the union, but rather the property of each nature being preserved, and concurring in one Person and one Subsistence, not parted or divided into two persons, but one and the same Son, and only-begotten, God the Word, the Lord Jesus Christ; as the prophets from the beginning [have declared] concerning him, and the Lord Jesus Christ himself has taught us, and the Creed of the holy Fathers has handed down to us.”

Apollarianism: Doctrine of Apollinaris* of Laodicea and his followers: He opposed Arianism but still denied XP had a human soul.

Pelagianism: Doctrine of Pelagius: A lot of stuff here. We as Lutherans reject all forms of this.

Donatism: The Schism: Remember it's the Word of God combined with the elements and not the man reciting the words. I struggle with this one sometimes.

Docetism: The heresy that Christ only apparently suffered and not really suffered. Cousin to Arianism.

Arianism: This one's a big one! In my words: "It's a denial of God interacting in the physical world that He created."

Adoptionism: The XP was adopted into being the Son of God. A denial of our ecumenical creeds.

Gnosticism: Another big one - it comes in many forms. For instance if you have someone ask you, "Do you know the secret name of God?" BS. Yeah, they're a gnostic. (BTW, the answer is: 42).

Monophysitism: this one affirms only the divine nature of XP.

Monarchianism: I'm simplyifing this one too much: it's a denial of the Trinity.

Socinianism: Another denial of the Trinity.

Nestorianism: Denies that there is no communion between the two natures of XP. The Reformed have this problem.

: An odd one indeed.

Modalism: This is simlar to Monarchianism.

The above was taken from the online Lutheran Cyclopedia (it is now called the Christian Cyclopedia - when did this happen and why?)

This one is certainly...

...from CAT41.

Can't remember where I got this from...

...maybe from CAT41.

UPDATE: I found where I got this logo from! Please visit Putting Out the Fire by Frank. My wife thinks his site is cool, too.

Not Bad For Not Being A Kung Fu Master

You scored as Chalcedon compliant. You are Chalcedon compliant. Congratulations, you're not a heretic. You believe that Jesus is truly God and truly man and like us in every respect, apart from sin. Officially approved in 451.

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Saturday, January 14, 2006 AD

I Meant To Do This Earlier...

...This is some information of a Lutheran bloggers conference, in Ft. Wayne, at one of our seminaries, during Symposia.

We wished we could be there with those attending. We hope it goes well.

Light Beer Inventor Dies...

...This brilliant man of Ukrainian blood has given us many favorites. I hope he had a peaceful death. I wonder if he was Lutheran?

Monday, January 02, 2006 AD

Wilhelm Loehe...

...Today Pr. Aardvark shares with us about Wilhelm Loehe - a Lutheran theologian, pastor and missionary. I wasn't aware of Loehe's involvement in the formation of our Ft. Wayne seminary or equiping Lutheran teachers by creating a training institute for teachers. Another thing I learned was his involvement in missions to Brazil and Australia by equiping and training pastors. (Brazil holds a strong place in my 'heart' because I was down there for a missions trip a long time ago. The hardest work I've done in my whole life - even harder than the military.) Go read the whole thing!

The Lutheran Carnival XIV...

...is up at the Intolerant. Hooray!

Sunday, January 01, 2006 AD

Since Scotch Is For Lutherans...

...by Simon Samuel Schmucker has few posts of satire, I've had to find my fix from other places. One of those places is by David B. of "Cross-wise" fame and the creator of Horn Swoggled, a memorable blog - with a more frequent rate.

Here's some of my favorite posts of his:

1. A spoof of the Issues, Etc.:

"We're trying to love [program host] Todd Wilken as our Lord commanded," said pastor Jay Smiley, one of eight co-chairpersons of Lutherans for Social Peace. "But for the life of us, we just can't understand why he has to go around making an issue out of everything.

"If the Lutheran church is going to be an effective messenger of the Gospel, it has to be less about the issues, and more about the et cetera."

Asked about his vision for the show, Smiley said he believes Wilken could take the program in many different directions. "Has he thought about recipes?" Smiley asked. "Unchurched people have to eat, too, and I think KFUO could really reach an untapped market there."

2. Waiting on the Lord: In this post, a pastor stops delivering sermons because 'he's waiting on the Lord'. The scary thing is there are a few actual Lutherans (the charismatic type) that believe this BS.

3. Church Schedule Shuffle: This satire piece pokes at the churches in America that are actually cancelling church because it's Christmas. Sounds a little b-ass ackward to me.

4. The Lutheran Carnival: In this satirical piece, there is much ado about nothing. A Lutheran youth pastor thinks the next youth gathering will be on a ship. Check it!

5. "And then there was one.": Want to get holy? Try some one-on-one with God.

6. Church Growth Observations: Another favorite of mine because it involves two of my favorite subjects: the church and aviation:

"What kind of an airline runs a plane at 85% capacity?" asked Bewegung. "I'll tell you what kind -- a failing one!

"If we ran LifePoint Church like they run their airline, we'd be out of business in 6 months," he said. "You can't keep offering a service when it's obvious you're not giving enough people what they want."

Overall, I look forward to more posts at Horn-Swoggled in 2006.

29th Beer: N'Ice Chouffe...

Shared this pint with Dan. His X-mas gift to me. I was supposed to evaluate it but forgot.

Overall very good - smokey strong flavor and smell.

Belgium Ale brewed with Thyme and Curacao peel.
10% ABV

From the back label:

N'Ice Chouffe, limited edition, brewed only each winter by Brasserie d'Achouffe in the heart of the Ardennes forest of Belgium. Brasserie d'Achouffe began brewing this intensely complex bottle conditioned ale in 1993.

This deep dark winter warmer is rich in taste, spicy, full of complex fruity, berrylike, vinous flavors that are complimented by malt overtones.

N'Ice Chouffe, is brewed from: springwater, malted barley, hops, thyme, and dried orange peel and a lot of dark candy sugar.

Beer enthusiasts may wish cellar this bottle immediately for enjoyment in the years to come or serve at 60 F as an after dinner drink. The scene depicted on the front of the bottle features a typical winter vista of the village of Achouffe with the chapel of St. Joseph and the brewery in the background.