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Bailing Out the Big 3...Seriously?!

Traditionally, I have intentionally avoided politics here.  With a few exceptions surrounding the Olympics this summer, I have chosen to write almost exclusively on other topics...but things in Washington are getting so absolutely out of control, I am compelled to vent.

In case you haven't been paying attention, Mr. Paulson . . .

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November 14, 2008

A True American Hero

Today, a bit of history about a true American hero...

2nd Lt. Robert E. Femoyer earned the Medal of Honor as a B-24 Liberator navigator Nov. 2, 1944, during a mission over Germany . Despite being severely wounded, he remained at his station for two-and-half hours so that he could guide his bomber back to England. Only on . . .

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November 13, 2008

Luther on Vocation

As mentioned previously here, Luther possessed a revolutionary understanding of individual vocation that ran counter to the medieval understanding of his day.  For his contemporaries, some callings, jobs, positions, etc. were inherently more holy and/or pleasing to God than others.  A priest, for example, was held in higher esteem . . .

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November 12, 2008

The Lesser of Two Evils

How should someone concerned about the morality of abortion AND (pre-emptive) war vote today?  Is there a moral choice available?  Does one candidate represent the 'lesser of two evils'?

The Political Enquirer has an intriguing post this election dayon the subject of ethical voting.  What begins with a . . .

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November 04, 2008

On Loving Our Neighbors

Loving our neighbors is one of the greatest challenges in both the Old and New Testaments.  Our sinful nature and selfishness make us naturally put ourselves first, in direct contradiction to the command of God.  Added to this, our contemporary American culture and its infatuation with the supremacy of the self has lessened any . . .

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October 23, 2008

Luther on God's Ways

Anyone who has been a believer for any time at all will soon come to a point in life where they simply wonder why God has acted the way he has or allowed things to play out the way they did.  I suppose there is comfort in knowing that, "Why?" is one of the universal questions of the Christian life.  Luther says:

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October 13, 2008

Luther on Hard Questions

One of the areas I wrestled with most over my years in Reformed theology was its insistence on not only asking but attempting to answer some very 'hard questions' about God, his will, and his ways.  As much as the hidden will of God was discussed, there was always lots and lots of speculation about the hidden things of God, . . .

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October 09, 2008