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Still More Luther on Prayer

For the Christian, prayer is part of what we are.  It should be more than second nature, it should be first nature...and yet, for many of us, we struggle throughout our lives trying to develop our "prayer life" to the point of our own satisfaction.  Many times, especially in times of backsliding, we often hesitate to pray, . . .

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January 05, 2009

Chrysler's "Thank You" Note

On their corporate blog, Chrysler sent America a big end-of-year Thank You note for the Christmas present, I mean massive welfare check we recently gave them.  "Thank you for investing in Chrysler - America's Car Company," they write...yadda, yadda, yadda.  Fortunately, the post is short, so there's little time to . . .

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January 02, 2009

Thoughts on the New Year (from Walther)

For all of those living along the Texas Gulf coast, looking back on 2008 cannot fail to bring to mind thoughts of stormy weather (Tropical Storm Edouard and Hurricanes Dolly, Gustav, and Ike).  Those who stayed endured several frightening and sometimes dangerous days.  Those who fled were left worrying about friends, family, and . . .

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December 31, 2008

What if Starbucks Marketed like Evangelicals?

This is so funny, I almost had my non-pretentious, non-Starbucks coffee coming out of my nose!  Too bad it requires a parody (not too far removed from reality) to show the silliness of it all:

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HT:  LPC

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December 05, 2008

Henry Ford on Government Bailouts

Let them fail; let everybody fail! I made my fortune when I had nothing to start with, by myself and my own ideas. Let other people do the same thing. If I lose everything in the collapse of our financial structure, I will start in at the beginning and build it up again.

-- Henry Ford, 11 Feb 1934

HT, The Political Inquirer

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December 01, 2008

Witherington on Piper...

Last Wednesday, Dr. Ben Witherington (Asbury Theological Seminary) posting a very fine, interesting response to a John Piper interview about the perceived arrogance and negativity of Calvinists.  Having been raised in, studied in, and served in Calvinistic circles for many years before coming to Lutheranism, I found some of Dr. . . .

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November 24, 2008

Luther on the Danger of Public Praise

In many liturgical Christian circles, the rites of Morning Prayer or Matins often begin with these words from Psalm 51:

O Lord, open my lips,

and my mouth will declare your praise.

As innocent as this invocation may sound, Luther suggests that there is quite a bit more to David's request than may first meet the eye. . . .

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November 18, 2008

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