At 1:28 am (EDT) today the shuttle Endeavour lifted off from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, and made a safe, flawless, and beautiful ascent to space. Within the hour, the Mission Control Center in Houston, Texas, gave Endeavour a ‘Go for orbital ops,’ meaning that all essential tasks to turn the shuttle from a rocket ship to a space ship had . . .
For starters, I cannot believe how busy the past few weeks have been! It seems I came off of working STS-122 and never stopped in preparation for STS-123. I am the lead from our group for this flight, and the compressed schedule has kept me more than gainfully employed...but onto more lofty things...
One of the joys (and . . .
The last two weeks have been exceedingly busy due to my involvement working the STS-122/1E Space Shuttle mission. My small part in the EVA (i.e. spacewalk) world allows me to see, experience, and participate in some of the most exciting aspects of human spaceflight...in short, I have one of the coolest jobs in the world.
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It's been awhile since we've taken a walk on the lighter side of things, and after finding this jewel of a YouTube special, I can wait no longer...I've always been amused by celebrities making fun of other celebrities, including themselves, but this treasure is somebody else poking some light-hearted fun at celebrities, saying the . . .
Tonight as I was reading through (and furiously marking up) Luther's Large Catechism, I came across these words in his exposition of the Fourth Commandment ("Honor your father and your mother") that are so prophetic they are frightening:
If [bringing up children in the fear and knowledge of God above all things] . . .
Luther clearly understood the difficulties associated with preaching well--truthfully and with doctrinal precision. His words on John 15 are helpful both to pastor and parishioner alike and emphasize the necessity of preaching faith and good works:
"So there are two parts of Christian teaching that we must emphasize daily. . . .
The very fact that in my mind it goes without saying is probably reason to say it: as Christians, the Cross of Christ is our focus...our focus for doctrine, praxis, theology, liturgy, life in general, etc.
Over at 'Glory to God for All Things,' Fr. Stephen has compiled and reposted a lengthy post on the Cross as the . . .