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 - Mike in Pennsylvania

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 24
Your Turn / Re: National Day of Prayer
« on: May 07, 2021, 09:10:30 AM »
RD, the National Day of Prayer is always the first Thursday in May.  This year it happens to precede Rogate Sunday, but other years . . .

Your Turn / Re: Questions about Mary
« on: March 30, 2021, 07:15:53 PM »
Actually, Dave, the Caesarean section was named after Julius Caesar, who supposedly was born that way approximately 100 BC.

As one of my homiletic professors said, does your sermon have a text or a pretext?

Your Turn / Re: Proposal to Add a Year to the 2019-22 Triennium in the LCMS
« on: December 12, 2020, 12:48:51 PM »
I've always said that when you get a unanimous vote in a congregation (or district or denominational) meeting, one of three explanations is possible:
(1) Nobody really cares about what you're voting on;
(2) People are afraid to say what they really think if they believe the majority think differently; or
(3) The Holy Spirit has worked a sovereign miracle.

I like to think #3 happens most often, but I am realistic enough to believe the other two also occur.

Your Turn / Re: Election 2020
« on: October 29, 2020, 07:18:54 PM »
I don't know who's going to win next week.  All I know is Wednesday morning Jesus will still be Lord.

Your Turn / Re: Prayer requests
« on: October 18, 2020, 07:16:31 PM »
One correction to Pastor Johnson.  Bishop Spring was not an LCA bishop, but a pastor and conference dean.  At the constituting convention of the Northwest Pennsylvania Synod of the ELCA, he was elected its first bishop.  I was the secretary for that convention.

Your Turn / Re: Election 2020
« on: October 11, 2020, 07:10:22 PM »
I am more and more convinced that our choices in 2020, like our choices in 2016, are a sign of the wrath of God upon America.

Your Turn / Re: Youth Catechesis Question
« on: September 15, 2020, 02:17:44 PM »
Mine (1962) was the last confirmation class at my LCMS congregation to have a public examination.  As near as I recall, I blew my question but was confirmed anyway.  The examination occurred during the Sunday School hour a week prior to confirmation.  The following year, our pastor despaired of what might happen with that class so much that he switched to having them write personal essays, which were read the week before when the public examination would have occurred.

Your Turn / Re: Baptism: Ecclesial or "private" ?
« on: August 01, 2020, 09:35:27 AM »
It never occurred to me before, but I just checked the date of my Baptism -- July 3, 1949 -- and it was a Sunday.  Though I suspect it was not during the regular morning service, but anyone I could ask has long since departed for the next life.

Your Turn / Re: A gentle request on anonymity...
« on: July 26, 2020, 12:03:40 PM »
Over the years, I have put about half a dozen people on the "ignore" button -- some ELCA, some LCMS.  All of them were using regular names.  Whether they were pseudonyms, I have no way of knowing.  But they weren't anonymous.

Your Turn / Re: We Are Not Quite Back - Will We Ever Be?
« on: July 12, 2020, 04:09:33 PM »

I have yet to find a congregation of any denomination to recite the creed pausing to recognize the comma.   :(

Peace, JOHN

When the congregation I was serving at the time began using the LBW version of the Nicene Creed, I made a point of instructing them to pause for the comma.   ;D

Your Turn / Re: Two Supreme Court Rulings Regarding Religious Liberty
« on: July 09, 2020, 08:54:05 AM »
Perhaps Mr. Gale or Mr. Garner could comment on this.  If I (no lawyer) understand the Little Sisters ruling correctly, it only says that the Trump administration was within its rights to allow a religious exemption to the Little Sisters and similar organizations from the requirements of Obamacare.  That would mean, I would think, that a President Biden or some other Democrat could simply by executive order remove that exemption, and we'd be back to our starting point.  So the win by the Little Sisters is only temporary.
Any comments on that, lawyers?

Your Turn / Re: Christianity and Marxism
« on: June 13, 2020, 10:58:37 AM »
Matthew reports Jesus as saying "Blessed are the poor in spirit."  Luke reports Jesus as saying "Blessed are the poor."  I think Jesus said both, and both are important.  Luke is a corrective against spiritualizing poverty, and Matthew is a corrective against romanticizing poverty.

Your Turn / Re: Fixing systemic racism
« on: June 04, 2020, 05:12:20 PM »
Back in the 1980's, when there were relatively few female clergy in the LCA, I recall one woman lamenting that she was asked to be on every synod committee under the sun so they could have a token woman pastor.

Your Turn / Re: ELCA prays to "Mother God"
« on: May 06, 2020, 11:53:27 AM »
Ignore. Ignore. Ignore. Not feeding the troll.

Pastor Austin promising to ignore or leave a discussion is like President Trump promising to stop tweeting.   ;)

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 24