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A-musement (29 Aug)

Haven't had any a-musement around here for a while...and with McCain's announcement of Sarah Palin for VP, this seems fitting:

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August 29, 2008

Hurricane Meditation

From last night's Psalter reading:

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69:1 Save me, O God!

For the waters have come up to my neck.

2 I sink in deep mire,

where there is no foothold;

I have come into deep waters,

and the flood sweeps over me.

3 I am weary with my crying out;

my throat is parched.

My eyes grow dim

. . .

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August 29, 2008

Bonhoeffer on God's Will (from Ethics)

Last week I picked up Bonhoeffer's Ethics.  I honestly didn't know what to expect from this work, but I did anticipate a satisfying challenge to wrestle again with this 20th-century theological giant.  Having only read his Cost of Discipleship, however, I was unprepared for the struggle that lay ahead of me...this book is . . .

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August 27, 2008

Luther on the Prosperity Gospel

It's no secret that American Evangelical Christianity is obsessed with prosperity, health, wealth, material blessing, and positive self-image.  (Your honor, exhibits A, B, and C:  TBN, Joel Osteen, and Lakewood)  That statement isn't even scandalous enough to draw a reaction on the blogosphere...it won't even raise . . .

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August 26, 2008

A Note on My Luther Quotes

The question hasn't been asked yet, so let me take a moment to ask and answer it myself.  "What edition of Luther's Works are you quoting here?"  In my "Luther on..." posts, which I'm drawing exclusively (so far) from Faith Alone, a excellent collection of Luther selections edited by James . . .

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August 26, 2008

Luther on Ordinary Life

Luther's understanding of vocation was revolutionary in the face of the medieval monasticism that surrounded him.  In contrast to the prevailing wisdom of the day, which held that some activities/vocations/callings were inherently more holy than others, Luther maintained that the seemingly ordinary life to which most believers were . . .

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August 25, 2008

Luther on Testing God

On the subject of testing God, Luther writes:

Deuteronomy 6 teaches us to trust that God will take care of us in good and bad times.  We shouldn't become overconfident in times of plenty, but we also need to patiently endure times of adversity.  God will never leave us.  He will be near us in our . . .

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August 18, 2008

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