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My Hobby: Shooting

February 25th, 2011 12 comments

I grew up spending many, many long hours down at the bayou a few houses down from mine shooting, my pellet rifle. Hours upon hours of pumping it up and shooting one shot at a time, at tin cans bobbing in the water, and setting up all kinds of targets for myself along the shore line. Days upon days and hours upon hours. I particpated in the National Rifle Association’s shooting program for young guys like me, and loved every second of it. I had gotten away from any kind of shooting for many years, until my sons got into it with Boy Scouts, now I’m hooked again. I’m a member of a local rifle and pistol club and love getting away and spending some time on the range with my rifles, shotgun and pistol. My pride and joy is my Daniel Defense M4 Carbine, chambered in 5.56 NATO.

For gun geeks, here are the details, from muzzle to butt stock. he bipod is a T-Pod front grip.I’ve got a Trijicon ACOG on it, TA31 BAC, with a donut reticle, mounted on a LaRue mount. I’ve got a BCM Gunfighter charging handle, and a GL-Shock butt stock, along with a Vickers Blue Force sling. I use 30 round PMAGS from Magpul, but for display purposes here, I’ve just got a 20 round USGI aluminum magazine in it. My other guns include a Remington Express Tactical 870 shotgun, a Glock 17, a Ruger 10/22 and a Ruger Mark III Huntsman, and a Springfield Armory 1911 -A1 .45.

Fun times! Thank God for the Second Ammendment. Molon labe!

 

Daniel Defense M4 Rifle, chambered in 5.56/223 Remington, with a Trijicon ACOG optic, GL-Shock butt stock, a few other goodies

 

 

Springfield 1911-A1, .45 ACP

 


 


 



 


 

Broken AR15 extractor

 

 

 

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Luther: Echoes of the Hammer – Graphic Novel Coming Soon!

February 25th, 2011 Comments off

By late Spring/early Summer, you will be able to start ordering Luther: Echoes of the Hammer – The Graphic Novel. Here’s a sneak peek at the cover. You are going to love it. This is a large poster form of it, that we have up in our graphic design department.

Categories: CPH Resources

LCMS Seminary Bookstores Now Online: Check Them Out

February 25th, 2011 1 comment

I’m very happy to announce that the CPH bookstores on the campus of both of our two seminaries are now available for you to shop from, 24/7/365, via their online store. You’ll enjoy browsing the textbook selection and buying your favorite seminary logowear and other items, etc. Check them out! Here is the link to our bookstore on the campus of Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and the link to our bookstore on the campus of Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis.

 

 

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Lutheranism 101: The Survey! (Kindly take a moment to participate)

February 24th, 2011 Comments off

Lutheranism 101: The Survey. Would you take a minute to fill out this survey? It would be very helpful to us and you will, upon finishing it, have the satisfaction of knowing you have done at least one good deed for the day. Thanks.

Click here to take the survey.

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Just a Reminder to Those Who Get a Bit Carried Away in Praise for the Present Pope

February 23rd, 2011 10 comments

Pope Benedict XVI, in today’s general audience, during his catechesis presentation, praises the nemesis of the Lutheran Reformation after the death of Luther, Robert Bellarmine. It was against Bellarmine that Martin Chemnitz and Johann Gerhard directed much of their work in systematic theology.

This is just a reminder that some things have not changed.

Categories: Roman Catholicism

Revolutionary Breakthrough in Communication Between Men and Women: The Manslator

February 22nd, 2011 1 comment

Categories: Humor

The Beatification of John Paul II: How It’s Done

February 19th, 2011 7 comments

If you, like me, are curious about the actual process of beatification and what is involved in the ritual, here is an interesting story.

Categories: Roman Catholicism

How Much Data Can Your DNA Hold? [Hint: A Lot!]

February 19th, 2011 5 comments

ScienceDaily:

Looking at both digital memory and analog devices, the researchers calculate that humankind is able to store at least 295 exabytes of information. (Yes, that’s a number with 20 zeroes in it.)

Put another way, if a single star is a bit of information, that’s a galaxy of information for every person in the world. That’s 315 times the number of grains of sand in the world. But it’s still less than one percent of the information that is stored in all the DNA molecules of a human being.

HT: Joe Carter via Justin Taylor

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Commemoration of Blessed Martin Luther: Confessor and Reformer of the Church

February 18th, 2011 4 comments

Martin Luther, born on November 10, 1483, in Eisleben, Germany, initially began studies leading toward a degree in law. However, after a close encounter with death, he switched to the study of theology, entered an Augustinian monastery, was ordained a priest in 1505, and received a doctorate in theology in 1512. As a professor at the newly-established University of Wittenberg, his scriptural studies led him to question many of the church’s teachings and practices, especially the selling of indulgences. His refusal to back down from his convictions resulted in his excommunication in 1521. Following a period of seclusion at the Wartburg castle, Luther returned to Wittenberg, where he spent the rest of his life preaching and teaching, translating the Scriptures, and writing hymns and numerous theological treatises. He is remembered and honored for his lifelong emphasis on the biblical truth that for Christ’s sake God declares us righteous by grace through faith alone. He died on February 18, 1546, while visiting the town of his birth.

In 1546 Luther set out for the counts of Mansfeld because they had summoned him to settle a dispute. Before he reached Eisleben, he became quite ill because it was at the end of January. On Feb. 17 he began to be very ill, being quite heavy of chest. With him were his three sons, Johannes, Martin, and Paul, and some other friends including Justus Jonas, minister of the church at Halle. Although he was quite weak, he ate lunch and supper with the rest. During supper he spoke about various matters. Among other things he kept asking this: “Will we recognize each other in eternal life?” When they wanted to learn this from him, he said: “What happened to Adam? He had never seen Eve, but when God made her, he was drowsy and fell into a very deep sleep. When he awoke and saw her, he did not ask who she was or where she came from, but said that she was flesh of his flesh and bone of his bones. But how did he know that? He declared this, being filled with the Holy Spirit and endowed with the true knowledge of God. In the same manner, we, too, will be renewed through Christ in the other life, and then we will know our parents, wives, children, and whatever it is much more perfectly than Adam knew Eve.”

When he left the table to pray, as was his custom, the pain of his chest began to increase. Then, at the advice of some, he drank a unicorn’s horn of wine and slept peacefully for an hour or two on a small cot in the stove room. When he awoke, he went into the bedroom and again settled himself to rest. He greeted his friends, who were there, and told them: “Pray God to preserve for us the teaching of the Gospel, for the pope and his council are planning harsh things.” After he said this, he became quiet and slept for a while, but after midnight the pressing pain of his illness aroused him. He complained about the pain in his chest and, perceiving that the end of his life was now imminent, he implored God with exactly these words:

“Heavenly Father, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, God of all consolation, I give You thanks that You have revealed Your Son, Jesus Christ, to me. I have believed in Him, I have confessed Him, I have loved Him, I have praised Him, whom the pope and the remaining crowd of the wicked persecute and insult. I ask You, my Lord Jesus Christ, receive my poor soul. Heavenly Father, though I am being plucked out of this life, though I will now have to put aside this body, yet I know for certain that I will remain with You forever and that no one can pluck me out of Your hands.”

Not much after that prayer, when He had commended His spirit into God’s hands once and again, he slowly departed from life as if going to sleep, with no pain of body that anyone could notice. That fatal year of Luther was his sixty-third, a year which generally is quite dangerous.

Johannes Sleidanus, De statu religionis et republicae, Carolo quinto, Caesare commentarij (Basel, 1556), quoted in Johann Gerhard, Theological Commonplaces XXV, On the Church, § 297.

Video on Lutheranism 101

February 17th, 2011 3 comments

We continue to experience a tremendous response to Lutheranism 101. It’s now been through several printings and tens of thousands have been printed and distributed. We hosted an event at our bookstore on the campus of Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis and here’s a short video, capturing some reactions to the book, and comments about it:

Beware the Ivory Tower Academics and Their Deadly Theology

February 17th, 2011 4 comments

One of the major crises in worldwide Christendom is the fact that in most every major liberal mainline denominational institutions theology is treated as an academic pursuit, divorced from the actual mission of Christ. So, be very careful when you note that a person appears to be indulging their pet academic interests than in preparing servants of Christ’s people. If, or when, we notice that there is more interest in reading and studying theologians in the past century, beware. Our focus and interest should always be, first, and foremost, on studying Scripture, Confessions and the faithful teachers of our Lutheran Church, chiefly Martin Luther, and other faithful orthodox Lutheran fathers.

Hermann Sasse had something to say about this problem:

63 Clifton Street

Prospect, South Australia

April 7, 1962

Dear Professor [J.A.O.] Preus,

It is now almost two weeks that I came back from my trip around the world, a little exhausted from the rush of the last weeks, but refreshed in the spirit by the experiences of the months abroad… The way your students listened to the old foreigner and the confidence they showed in our discussions on the most vital questions of the Lutheran Church and its doctrine has been a source of great encouragement to me. …I had to think of them when I met in Germany a different type of students, sophisticated young existentialists who did not know how to bring home to the Christian congregation the “myths” of Christmas and Easter. Which means they believe in the “message,” but not in the historicity of the narratives… I met Bornkamm (Heinrich, the church historian) and had a most moving meeting with Peter Brunner with whom I was connected in the church struggle in Hitler’s time. He is now an old man and quite disappointed with Lutheranism in the EKiD. He told me he looked back at a frustrated life because all his attempts to restore the right of the Lutheran Church within the union had proved futile. In case his church would accept the ordination of women he would withdraw from all activities in the church. He was disgusted with the new Biblical theology which destroys all doctrine. To my question why he did not write against these men he replied he was too tired for further fights. It is an enigma how this theology which destroys the historic character of almost the whole “Heilsgeschichte” and is satisfied with the “Kerygma” which it finds behind the “legends” could get hold of the youth of German Protestantism. Why is it that old men in their high seventies carry away the youth of our churches, even in America, like Bultmann and Tillich? It is probably a return to the theology of the time before 1914, a revival of that historicism which has lost the ability to think in terms of dogmatics.

The practical result is that the generation of younger pastors can hardly be accustomed to practical work. Their sermons betray the contrast between their undogmatic theology and the need to preach the doctrine of the church. These split personalities produce sermons which leave behind the impression of mere intellectual exercises of technical discussions of problems which the average congregation cannot understand. And how can it be otherwise if I preach the resurrection of Christ with the conviction that the Easter gospel is a legend… The type of professor who at the same time was a Seelsorger has died out. Where such professors still exist, they are mocked, as Professor Trillhaus in Goettingen has lately pointed out… I did not find in Heidelberg Schlink, but heard he was in Rome. So I rang him up there and on the last leg of my trip I indulged in my old dream to see the city of the apostles. We spent many hours together while seeing the sights…

With kindest regards, Yours sincerely,

H. Sasse

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Sign of the Times: Progressive Children’s Curriculum

February 16th, 2011 19 comments

Spiritual Lessons for Children —
New Curriculum Changes How We Think About God

The Center for Progressive Christianity and ProgressiveChristianity.org, continues to change the face of progressive Christianity with its groundbreaking children’s curriculum—A Joyful Path. Created for use in congregations, small groups, or individual families, it is ideal for those who are looking for spiritual affirmations for children freed from dogma and creed. The language is inclusive, inter-spiritual, and intelligent. Sensitively written and beautifully illustrated, this curriculum focuses on behavior before belief, creating and practicing a spiritual path, and knowing one’s true self. It celebrates children’s naturally joy-filled life, and draws upon their compassion and innate wisdom. Written with ages 6-10 in mind, the material can easily be simplified for younger children as young as three, or expanded for older children up to twelve by using the teacher material at the beginning of each lesson.
A Joyful Path has been described as a “breath of fresh air”, a “goldmine”, and “the best curriculum I’ve ever taught”. Teachers the world over have raved about how this curriculum encourages children to listen and respect all people, to think of the entire world as our family, to celebrate and care for our earth, and to see God within everyone. While it offers a way of life which centers around Jesus’ teachings, this curriculum respects the teachings of other wisdom paths and avoids the exclusivity often associated with religious studies.

It differs from traditional church curriculum in many ways. This curriculum avoids speaking at children, telling them what to believe or how to behave. Rather, it creates space for children to learn on their own. It is fun and interactive, full of activities, games, and ideas to use children’s own experiences to help them discover truth for themselves. While it uses the Bible as inspiration, it is not bible centered, nor does it refer to God as something outside of ourselves as a powerful deity with human like qualities. Based upon our most current understanding of the universe, and drawing upon a plethora of wisdom teachings, each lesson or affirmation encourages children to use their energy in positive ways and to see themselves as interconnected to all.

Parents, educators, churches, and communities can all benefit from curriculum that is spiritually progressive and relevant in today’s world. For more information, contact us at center@tcpc.org or go to www.ProgressiveChristianity.org to see for yourself.

Categories: Publishing

Don’t Miss this Tremendous Presentation by Pastor Matthew Harrison, LCMS President

February 15th, 2011 4 comments

This is a “must watch.”

President Harrison LCEF Presentation from VimeoLCMS on Vimeo.

Categories: LCMS

Great Thought

February 15th, 2011 2 comments

A good friend just said something to me, “If I flee from what I fear it’s only going to get bigger, and cause real problems, ones greater than fear.”

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Help Us Choose a New Format of the Small Catechism with Explanation

February 10th, 2011 Comments off

We are working on a new format of the Small Catechism with Explanation, a wide margin edition, and we are considering several options. Would you mind taking a moment to take a look at the designs we are considering and letting us know which one you would like the most? Thanks.

Here’s the link.

NOTE: Please take the survey. Comments left on my blog or Facebook page are nice, but I need that feedback in the survey so we can include it with all the other feedback we are getting. Thanks.

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