Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.


Messages - RPG

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 17
1
Your Turn / Re: Confirmation Verses
« on: May 19, 2021, 10:59:59 AM »
I always pick the verses (the tyrant must be in our GenX blood, Mark  ;) ). If you have a copy of Nesper's Biblical Texts, that can be a good source of ideas. If you don't have Nesper, I think CTSFW is still selling a spiral-bound reprint. It's been out of print for eons and to my knowledge, no one else has compiled such a useful resource.

RPG+
 

2
Your Turn / Re: LifeStiteNews and Project Veritas
« on: February 12, 2021, 11:01:43 AM »
Should platforms such as Twitter who are not publishers be considered like public accommodations?

Or, since they control the infrastructure, public utilities?

From a recent essay by Victor Davis Hanson entitled "Our Animal Farm":
Quote
A new Orwellian phrase is “free speech is not free reach”—as leftists become the intellectual inheritors of the racists of the open-housing fights of the 1950s and 1960. The old racist boilerplate of apartment owners and realtors was “You can live anywhere you want, just not here.” The new hate mantra of Silicon Valley cartels is, “You can tweet or socially post anywhere you like—if you can manage to find a place.”

3
Your Turn / Re: Nominees for Concordia Seminary President Announced
« on: February 12, 2021, 10:48:13 AM »
Interesting demographics, and the same would be true, I guess, for Don's part of the world.  What then is the percentage of Lutherans in Jamestown?  Must be pretty high.  My guess is that "ELCA" means "former ALC" in that part of the world, and maybe designated by heritage - Scandinavian, as opposed to the more German LCMS. 

Interestingly, "former ALC" in this region (I'm about 90 miles SW of Jamestown) is a pretty mixed bag. There are lots of "old ALC" (1930) congregations in these parts, many of which were founded in the 1880s-1890s by Iowa Synod missionaries to German immigrants. This is the land of Germans from Russia, especially to the west and SW of where Tom serves. Same plainspoken personality, different dialect and vocabulary. Absolutely love it here.

RPG+
(proudly serving in "Eureka, home of kuchen," South Dakota's state dessert).  8)

Double crumb?

Dave Benke
For the Germans from Russia, "kuchen" means round and custard with a light cinnamon-sugar sprinkle topping (see attached). Many variations, of course. But you can't have a funeral luncheon or any serious "lunch" without them. Rhubarb, prune, and plain ol' cream are my favorite.

4
Your Turn / Re: Nominees for Concordia Seminary President Announced
« on: February 11, 2021, 11:13:59 AM »
Interesting demographics, and the same would be true, I guess, for Don's part of the world.  What then is the percentage of Lutherans in Jamestown?  Must be pretty high.  My guess is that "ELCA" means "former ALC" in that part of the world, and maybe designated by heritage - Scandinavian, as opposed to the more German LCMS. 

Interestingly, "former ALC" in this region (I'm about 90 miles SW of Jamestown) is a pretty mixed bag. There are lots of "old ALC" (1930) congregations in these parts, many of which were founded in the 1880s-1890s by Iowa Synod missionaries to German immigrants. This is the land of Germans from Russia, especially to the west and SW of where Tom serves. Same plainspoken personality, different dialect and vocabulary. Absolutely love it here.

RPG+
(proudly serving in "Eureka, home of kuchen," South Dakota's state dessert).  8)

5
Your Turn / Re: Civil unrest and Christian witness
« on: January 07, 2021, 09:50:49 PM »
Does moderator Peter Speckhard have authority to limit or remove Charles Austin's posts?

I regard Pr. Speckhard's posts as an expression of his political views.. In not a few instances they do not reflect mine.  The same is true for some of his theological posts. 

In many instances I agree with Charles.  At other times I have a slightly different take.  For the most part I think he represents the give and take which ALPB Founders intended for conversation among fellow Lutherans.

Marie Meyer


If Peter doesn't have the authority to limit or remove Charles Austin's posts (or any poster's posts!) then there is absolutely no point in having a moderator.


Exactly. Peter and Richard both do a great job at a thankless task.


Seriously, folks, let’s not go down this road. This place, such as it has been lately, is one of the few worthwhile places on the interwebs. Let them call balls and strikes as they see fit. PM them if you disagree with their calls if you must. But let’s not make this place one more tribal enclave. Please. This rural, rather isolated pastor begs you.


RPG+

7
Your Turn / Re: Not about the election...
« on: December 17, 2020, 05:29:31 PM »
   To again borrow Macbeth's words, their idiot-told tales are, "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

Then ignore them. Please. Seriously. Ignore them.
RPG+

8
Your Turn / Re: Judge Amy Barrett Confirmation Hearings
« on: October 27, 2020, 01:52:13 PM »
Don't feed trolls. You'll thank yourself later.

9
Your Turn / Re: Judge Amy Barrett Confirmation Hearings
« on: October 13, 2020, 10:59:55 PM »
The nominee has only been in her current position for three years.  Other nominees have had more experience.   I am not suggesting that she is not intelligent, I am saying that her experience is thin.   Look it up for yourself. Don't take my word for it.

How many years was Justice Kagan on the Court of Appeals before her nomination?  What other courts had she served on?

See also: Abe Fortas.

10
Your Turn / Re: Election 2020
« on: September 15, 2020, 11:57:55 AM »
I think I said before that if the Republicans dumped Trump and nominated someone else, I would even consider voting for that person just to reward  them for their common sense.

I have a difficult time believing this, based on your history here.

I can believe he would consider it and then decide not to vote for that candidate.

I'm certain Pr. Austin is a big fan of Mitt Romney's now that he voted to convict President Trump in the Senate trial.  And yet I am just as certain that he did not vote for Romney in 2012.

This is hitting every nail on every head.

Strange New Respect is just a catchphrase for Democratic gaslighting.  "Why can't this guy be more like Romney?"  Meanwhile in 2012 the same folks were accusing (or excusing the guy accusing) Romney of wanting to re-enslave black Americans.
And quite similar to Dreher's Law of Merited Impossibility: "Oh, that will never, ever happen! But when it does, you bigots will deserve it."

11
Your Turn / Re: Social Gospel
« on: August 05, 2020, 10:39:00 PM »
Brian, I already know that your cat's breath smells like cat food. You don't need to keep posting it.


Bonus points for invoking Ralph Wiggum.  ;D

12
Your Turn / Re: Election 2020
« on: May 21, 2020, 02:42:06 PM »
I'm still curious from our Democratic friends what the presumptive candidate Joe Biden has to offer that should cause any of us to reconsider and vote for him.  I don't hear much about him or from him, although I realize the national election is still over 5 months away.  There has been some concern about his abilities.  Unfortunately his all too frequent verbal stumbling, which has long characterized him in one way or another, has served to insert some question regarding his fitness for the office. Do those who support Biden feel that he is fully up to the task?

I bet he'd threaten to take you outside and kick your a__ for asking such a horsesh__ question. :)

If you all are not following the Twitter account "President Joe Biden (So-Called)," you should be.

https://twitter.com/biden4pres

I know the Twitter account is not actually Joe Biden.  But are the tweets actual quotes of Biden?

No.

And what makes it hilarious is this -- they could be, and it would be hard for you to know the difference.
The Biden Insult Bot is also rather amusing.

13
Your Turn / Re: ELCA prays to "Mother God"
« on: May 06, 2020, 09:51:49 PM »
I object to addressing God as "Mother," but as usual I don't see the issue as first and foremost whether we can or not. Rather, why would anyone choose to? I object to the desire behind the call for an alternate to "Father" more than I object to whatever alternative people come up with. Why not have God's Word shape our understanding of God, our selves, our neighbors, and the world rather than starting from our own elf-understanding and imposing that on God?

Wait, wait, wait -- "elf-understanding"?  Now they want to make God into an elf?!??  :)
Doesn't everyone? Be honest...


I blame the Scandinavians.  ;) 8)
RPG+

14
Your Turn / Re: Election 2020
« on: May 06, 2020, 11:46:55 AM »
Regardless of who is on the ballot, we will only have the choice of flawed human beings.  We ae always voting for the lesser of two evils.

He's running again.  "Vote for the Greatest Evil: Cthulhu for President."

"What really fuels change are the sacrifices we make of people like you. We don’t have to accept a system that drowns out your voice. We can obliterate it. Join us."

Steven- I  am surprised you did not go for the real candidate of change: Morgoth Bauglir. Make Middle Earth Dark Again!

And let us certainly not forget SMOD.

15
Your Turn / Re: Life in Quarantine: One man's reflections
« on: May 02, 2020, 10:43:28 AM »
Pastor Engebretson's travails in video production were on my mind as I composed my post up stream. Without a congregational website  (at not listed on Synod's website) how do you make the video to your flock?

What I have been doing is uploading the video of the service to Vimeo. I think that you could also do it to YouTube, I'm not up on all the video streaming services or the relative merits of YouTube vs. Vimeo. From Vimeo I can get links that anyone can use to access the video. I then copied those links into an email that I sent out to all members that I have emails for. (I use the BCC function for the email addresses, that way people who receive the email cannot see everyone else's email address. Privacy)


I've also set up a congregational web site that I also post the links on.

We have no website as of yet, but we do have a (rarely used until now) Facebook page. I've been using a bit of a shotgun approach: video is posted on Facebook and YouTube and goes "live" on Sunday at 9:30 AM. Order of service is posted as images on Facebook and emailed to those we know about. A few paper copies are also available at the church for folks to pick up if they drop off their offering toward the end of the week. 

I live in a very small town in a very rural part of the Northern Plains, but we have a great telephone coop that upgraded to "fiber to the premises" about 5 years ago, so internet speed is great here. They are also the local TV provider, and have offered to air a replay of our service each week on the community channel. It's scheduled at the same time as our service, just delayed one week. We started that last Sunday, and the response from our shut-ins (who have received audio CDs each week for many years) and those who have no internet access (who have been receiving the CDs during The Time of the Virus) has been incredible. We will certainly be continuing this when things go "back to normal."

RPG+

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 17