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Messages - Daniel Lee Gard

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Your Turn / Re: Sermongate
« on: July 13, 2021, 09:56:56 AM »
Samuel Johnson is credited with saying, “Your manuscript is both good and original; but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good.”

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Unfortunately, we live in a time when words no longer mean anything because they can mean whatever people want them to mean. It is Humpty Dumpty time (with apologies to Lewis Carroll),

“When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’

’The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’

’The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master — that’s all.”

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Your Turn / Re: Assemblies of God Church
« on: June 27, 2021, 04:21:33 PM »
I have known a number of AG military chaplains and count them as friends. I had great conversations with some of them although occasionally one would express serious doubts as to whether a Lutheran could be saved. Those I have known are very, very serious about their doctrine.

The doctrines of AG are radically opposed to those of Lutheranism. They are classical Pentecostals with roots in the Azusa Street mission. They affirm the doctrine of the Trinity so we have that in common. But Justification is seen through decision theology, infant Baptism is rejected and any Sacramental understanding of Baptism and Communion is not a part of their tradition. Both Baptism and the "baptism of the Holy Spirit" take place only after conversion and are the result of the believer's faith and not the means by which one receives the gift of God.

On social issues they are conservative and, like the LCMS, they reject abortion and homosexual behavior. But, like the ELCA, they practice women's ordination though their understanding of what ministry means is different. Recently, leadership of their fellowship was conferred on a woman.

https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2019/august/assemblies-of-god-elects-first-woman-general-secretary-donn.html

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“The refusal of Philadelphia to contract with CSS for the provision of foster care services unless it agrees to certify same-sex couples as foster parents cannot survive strict scrutiny, and violates the First Amendment.”  Chief Justice Roberts writing in the majority opinion.  All 9 Justices were on board, with very, very slightly different concurring opinions.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/supreme-court-unanimously-rules-for-catholic-group-in-philadelphia-foster-care-dispute/ar-AAL9sru?ocid=msedgntp

Great news for the 1st Amendment! 9-0.

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Your Turn / Re: 1620
« on: June 15, 2021, 06:19:13 PM »
But Christianity is not only superior, it is the only true faith. Apart from Christ there is no salvation, only death.

Christianity is indeed the most exclusive religion since it rightly claims that the the only way to the Father in through Jesus Christ. But it is also the most inclusive because we proclaim that the sacrifice of Jesus is for every man, woman and child.


But we have often toted White Christianity as superior; or Western Christianity as superior, (the Crusaders seemed to have little problems killing Eastern Christians,) or Protestant Christianity as superior. One ELCA pastor asked the question if there were any other Black pastors at large congregations with budgets of $500,000 or more - or if he was the only one? If he is the only one, why? We've been ordaining Black ministers longer than we have women. He also remarked (and I haven't fact checked this) that the ELCA has had more GLBT bishops than we've had bishops of color. Why is that?

Why have you toted your ethnicity as superior?

As far as the ELCA question, I am not a part of it so I cannot even guess. Perhaps an ELCA poster can answer.

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Your Turn / Re: 1620
« on: June 15, 2021, 05:32:28 PM »
But Christianity is not only superior, it is the only true faith. Apart from Christ there is no salvation, only death.

Christianity is indeed the most exclusive religion since it rightly claims that the the only way to the Father is through Jesus Christ. But it is also the most inclusive because we proclaim that the sacrifice of Jesus is for every man, woman and child.

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Your Turn / Re: The Southern Baptists at it again
« on: June 15, 2021, 04:52:05 PM »
Our Good Moderator's decision to endorse Pr. Hannah for SP got me to thinking (always dangerous).

I will begin work on my 2023 Synodical Conference voting guide. I call it the TSL (Totally Sanctified List). It works a little differently than other lists. If your name appears on my list it guarantees your defeat. Thus, if you actually want to be elected, you need to get your name off the list, not on it.

The process for redacting your name from the list is simple. We negotiate a price and you send the money to me - cash only, unmarked bills. I need to supplement my retirement income.

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Your Turn / Re: The Southern Baptists at it again
« on: June 15, 2021, 04:22:35 PM »

I think you should go for it! Hannah for SP! With my clout behind you, you’re sure to garner literally dozens of votes.


Rats. I was counting on the Speckhard List for an endorsement. There goes all my political ambitions.

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Your Turn / Re: The Southern Baptists at it again
« on: June 15, 2021, 04:18:54 PM »
"The Synod’s constitution, which as the new head honcho you’ll be tasked with abiding by, says the Scriptures are the highest authority. If the Bible days in six days God created the earth, by what authority will you overrule it?"

It's one day (Gen 2:4).   ;D

Peace, JOHN


If you read closely the text of Gen 2:17, God warns מֹ֥ות תָּמֽוּת "dying you shall die", an infinitive absolute followed by an imperfect. It was not that they would drop dead that day but that the process of dying would begin because sin now infected them and their descendants.

Eve later misquotes God's Word by dropping the inf abs and adding "you shall not touch it."


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Your Turn / Re: The Southern Baptists at it again
« on: June 14, 2021, 11:04:51 AM »

The following is from The New York Times; there is an even fuller account in the Washington Post, but I don't think their articles are available to non-subscribers.
The headlines:
‘Take the Ship’: Conservatives Aim to Commandeer Southern Baptists
The insurgents, some adopting a pirate motif, believe that the denomination has drifted too far to the left on issues of race, gender and the strict authority of the Bible.
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/12/us/southern-baptists-conservatives.html?searchResultPosition=1

Hmmmmm....so the headline says that conservatives "aim to commandeer Southern Baptists." That says it all for the journalistic approach of the NYT. A once great newspaper now is only a collection of opinion pieces devoid of any objectivity.

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Your Turn / Re: Marva Dawn
« on: May 06, 2021, 07:35:19 PM »
Marva and I studied in graduate school at the same time. We were next to each at graduation as we filed in by alphabetical order. We did not always agree but became friends. Rest in peace, Marva.

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Your Turn / Vaccine Discussin
« on: April 07, 2021, 06:24:59 PM »
I am relieved to now be 2 weeks past my second Pfizer shot. As a high risk individual, I have been essentially a hermit for over a year. Every Monday I have had the privilege of celebrating the Eucharist with other high risk folks in our parish. But on Easter I was able to attend the Sunday morning service for the first time. I will continue to serve my Monday morning people as long as the smaller gathering is needed.

I am curious if the Forum participants have had the vaccine and why you did or did not. Also, what is your sense of how the people you serve have approached the issue of getting the vaccine. Any insights?

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While I cannot read the NY Times article (I will not pay for a subscription), the headline is interesting.

True, he goes to Church. But it is also true that his public policy is in opposition to the faith he professes. The sanctity of life and the the family are strong Roman Catholic positions. His political positions serve to undermine his Church. Maybe he might start listening to his ecclesial leaders?

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Your Turn / Re: Equality Act
« on: March 11, 2021, 03:48:33 PM »
Here is President Matthew Harrison's letter to the church addressing the Equality Act:
https://blogs.lcms.org/2021/lcms-presidents-statement-on-the-equality-act

Thank you for posting this. I am grateful for President Harrison's strong confession of truth in a time when speaking truth has been threatened. The holy Church will need to rely on her Lord as she bears witness to the Gospel - always true but most certainly true today. This new manifestation of the "gates of hell" cannot prevail.

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Your Turn / Re: Equality Act
« on: February 26, 2021, 04:51:10 PM »
Unless the Senate blocks it, the "Equality Act" will become law. I pray that Christians will stand firm no matter the cost. We must obey God rather than man. Kyrie eleison!

I finally got an answer to what is meant by the confusing phrase "gender assigned at birth". Who does the "assigning"? The doctor according to one interpretation.

No - the doctor does not decide what sex the baby is. He or she does not "assign" a sex but simply recognizes what the baby already is. God assigns the sex as he wonderfully makes and forms the baby at conception in the womb. We are each male or female as the Creator assigns.

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