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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.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006 AD

Sweet! A Lutheran For Seven Years!

On 31OCT1999 (Reformation Sunday) I was officially confirmed into the Lutheran church. Rejoice with me!

I had my first communion with my fellow Lutherans at Grace Ev. Lutheran, in McPherson, KS, on that day. At that time, Kung Fu Master Jeff Williams, throughout the course of a year, had patiently answered my many questions about Lutheranism.

Now, Kung Fu Master Dumperth shepherds there and recently hosted Kung Fu Master Wohlrabe as speaker. Remember: Wohlrabe's the one that took on Matzat (weak Kung Fu), when Matzat condoned Benke's BS (even weaker Kung Fu) at Yankee Stadium or Oprah Fest - whichever you prefer to call it. BTW, you WELS readers: you're wrong about removing your chaplains from the military services. The military needs strong men, not those that run away.

Any way, one of the things I love about being a Lutheran, is that Lutherans have a proper balance of Law and Gospel. Some non-Lutherans have just Gospel which gives you that 'touchy feely' BS - reference 'Deathstar' or 'Jesus Last'. Still other non-Lutherans have just Law which always yields a 'What Would Jesus Do' mentality - again reference 'Deathstar' or 'Jesus Last'. Then you have variations of the Law-Gospel theme that almost always end in Law. My former non-Ludderan life was Law-Gospel-Law. It always ended with Law - a life of legalism.

Looking forward to another year!

Monday, October 30, 2006 AD

You Know My Plate Is Full...

...At school, at work and at home.

But every so often something "eats at me" and I break my busy routine and blog.

Hence, this post.

I've said this before here.

Now, another Lutheran clergyman forsakes his vows and goes East. I don't know Mr. Fenton and don't care to. He is a chicken-shit. Hopefully, the fall-out will be minimal.

He gives up a proper balance of Law and Gospel that Lutherans have for a life of Law in EO. Eastern Orthodoxy reminds me of my non-denominational charismatic past. A life of Law without knowing the sweetness of the Gospel.

Any way, I've got a plane to break, math proofs that need editing, and a wife to love.

Sunday, October 15, 2006 AD

Midwest Beerfest Is Fast Approaching...

...If you're in Wichita best get your ticket fast for the 6th Annual Midwest Beerfest.

This will be Dan the Geologist's and my fourth beerfest.

This will be Nick the Dick's and Jeff the Virgin of Fireworks second beerfest.

The Intolerant will be the noob - her first beerfest.

For the ritzy: there's a 'Sam Adams' beer diner. 5o bucks a head.
For the non-ritzy: the main beer sampling is Saturday, October 21, from 1300-1700.

Eat before you come! Stamina is the key.

Monday, October 09, 2006 AD

Compare and Contrast Time (Not For the Light Hearted)...

...This to that (especially this link).


Thursday, October 05, 2006 AD

Today We Celebrate My Wife's First Death...

...We celebrate her first baptism. We're trying to find out the Kung Fu Master that baptised her years ago.

Here's what our church (and synod) says about Holy Baptism: "What about Holy Baptism?" (downloads PDF)

Another great source:

Q: What is Baptism?

A: Baptism is not simple water only, but it is the water comprehended in God's command and connected with God's Word.

Q: Which is that word of God?

A: Christ, our Lord, says in the last chapter of Matthew: Go ye into all the world and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

Q: What does Baptism give or profit?

A: It works forgiveness of sins, delivers from death and the devil, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe this, as the words and promises of God declare.

Q: Which are such words and promises of God?

A: Christ, our Lord, says in the last chapter of Mark: He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Q: How can water do such great things?

A: It is not the water indeed that does them, but the word of God which is in and with the water, and faith, which trusts such word of God in the water. For without the word of God the water is simple water and no baptism. But with the word of God it is a baptism, that is, a gracious water of life and a washing of regeneration in the Holy Ghost, as St. Paul says, Titus, chapter three: By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost, which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ, our Savior, that, being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. This is a faithful saying.

Q: What does such baptizing with water signify?

A: It signifies that the old Adam in us should, by daily contrition and repentance, be drowned and die with all sins and evil lusts, and, again, a new man daily come forth and arise; who shall live before God in righteousness and purity forever.

Q: Where is this written?

A: St. Paul says Romans, chapter 6: We are buried with Christ by Baptism into death, that, like as He was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Finally, I can't wait to teach this to our own kids.