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Month: June 2016

Egg Heads and the Fall – What Happened to Humpty Dumpty?

Out of the blue I get a question from someone which absolutely intrigued me.  “Why does a Pastor need to be a scholar?  The question brought back pictures of the academician some would call an egg head who is so heavenly minded that he is of no earthly good.  What does scholarship mean in terms of a parish Pastor? The simple nursery rhyme about Humpty Dumpty is actually pretty complicated stuff.  We assume that he was an egg but that is not in the tale.  We think of him as an egg because several years after the rhyme appeared some one pictured him as an egg.  It has been thought of as the story of the Fall.  The fall broke humanity into pieces that all earthly power cannot fix.  Some see sitting on a wall as an inability to make a decision.  Some see all kinds of things in a silly rhyme.  The scholar as an egg head can be applied here as well.  The academic who sits on the wall studying all kinds of esoteric concepts rather than patrolling the wall and being a watchman who announces peril as well as salvation will fall and crack.  Behind the question to me was the assumption that a parish pastor needs to have “practical attributes” that work in the real world.  But that raises the question as to what a parish preacher...

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Saying and Doing.

Matthew 21:28-32New King James Version (NKJV – Jesus said, “But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go, work today in my vineyard.’ 29 He answered and said, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he regretted it and went. 30 Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, ‘I go, sir,’ but he did not go. 31 Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said to Him, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that tax collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of God before you. 32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him; but tax collectors and harlots believed him; and when you saw it, you did not afterward relent and believe him. My parents always told me that it was more important what I did rather than what I said.  Actions speak louder than words as the old saw goes. A famous talk show host once went off on the fact that people were outraged at him for what he said when others who actually did outrageous things got a pass.  The matter came up because of a bit he would do called a caller abortion.  He said that it occurred to him that a caller was not...

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John Wolf Journey

Mr. John Wolf is touring North Dakota and Minnesota.  He was in the Hankinson area Sunday.  He is headed for New York Mills and Parkers Prairie and Fargo and Warren and then he and his wife and 5 children are headed for Africa.  He will be the Project overseer for all mercy projects in Africa.  He will be involved with Project 24.  If you get a chance to hear him please avail yourself of the opportunity.  If you cannot please pray for him and his family.  You can support him by going online to the missionary section of the LCMS website. Share this on:...

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Political Math.

Mitt Romney was pilloried because he had the audacity to tell the truth.  He was recorded in a closed meeting as saying that 46% of the people in the United States would not vote for him no matter what.  This of course was blasted out at the time as being a terrible, sexist, racist, homophobic, statement but the fact is it was the truth. Pundits and columnists and the nattering class have said the same thing over and over again.  One commentator said that about 45% of the electorate will vote for a Democrat candidate even if that candidate is “a box of rocks”.  I thought that proposition had been proven when Al Gore almost became President but then that was the year that J Dub was.  Republicans seem to be in the same boat. Almost of all our politics are pretty much divided right down the middle and every one keeps complaining that “nothing ever gets done”.  I actually have the view that is as it should be.  The Constitution was actually designed in such a way as to insure that not a lot gets done, and that what does get done was not forced down an expecting electorate’s throat.  If all the safe guards in the Constitution were understood and followed something like Obama Care would never have been part of our problems now.  The idea was the executive, judicial,...

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Delirious Christians.

A man said that he would follow Jesus anywhere and then asks to go back and take care of family matters. Luke 9:62 Jesus replied, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” Folks have troubles with the things that Jesus says in this portion of Scriptures,  Harold Buls has written a study that I find fascinating and here is a portion, “Jesus’ answer is an axiom, a statement understandable to all cultures. Jesus must be speaking about a man who has no experience as a plowman. The plow here is similar to the walking plow used in former generations in our country. One cannot plow without placing both hands firmly on the plow handle and looking forward. “Keeps looking back” is the translation in NEB and AAT. This kind of plowing is ridiculous and impossible. Bengel mentions here that such a man is “delirious.” The etymology of this word is “de” and “lira” in Latin, meaning “out of the furrow.” A delirious man is like a plow out of the furrow. Jesus is criticizing the man’s attitude. Matthew 10:37 and Luke 14:26 are parallel thoughts. The Children of Israel longed for the flesh-pots of Egypt. See Exodus 16:3. Remember Lot’s wife. Luke 17:32; Genesis 19:26. Read Philippians 3:2-14, especially verse 13. To have the righteousness...

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