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Fun on a Rainy Saturday Morning: Complete Disassembly of my 1911

May 14th, 2011 12 comments

So…I decided that I needed to learn how to completely detail strip my 1911. This is the result. Now I have to clean it all up and put it back together. I’m glad I have a local gunsmith who can help me out if, no, when I get in a jam. Wish me luck!

For you 1911 lovers/users/geeks: This is a Springfield Loaded model, and in the upper right hand corner of the cloth, you will see the full length guide rod, which I replaced with the standard GI type of guide rod assembly. I’ve not noticed any difference in shooting it with or without the FLGR, and I hate having to having to have an allen wrench around to do a simple field strip. I’m also going to replace the ILS mainspring housing system on this thing. Just more junk to break. So, here’s the before picture, with the 1911 in pieces:

 

 

 

And here’s the after shot with the new Wilson mainspring housing and maxi-well installed:

 

Categories: Shooting Sports

The Red Bull Gospel: There’s A Lot More to Youth Ministry Than Pizzas, Movie Nights and Video Games

May 14th, 2011 4 comments

Great article from LeadershipJournal.net

The Red Bull Gospel by Drew Dyck

A few years ago I volunteered at an event put on by a national youth ministry.

The evening was fun but grueling. We bobbed for apples, captured flags, and raced eggs across the floor using only our noses. The games culminated with a frigid indignity: I laid on my back and let three giggling teenagers make an ice cream sundae on my face.

As I toweled chocolate syrup from my chin, a leader ordered the teens into a semicircle. It was time for the devotional, which included a gospel presentation—but it was a gospel presentation that made me want to stand up and scream.

“Being a Christian isn’t hard,” he told the group. “You won’t lose your friends or be unpopular at school. Nothing will change. Your life will be the same, just better.”

Maybe his words would have slipped by me if they hadn’t been such blatant reversals of Jesus’ own warnings about the offensiveness of his message or the inevitable hardships of following him.

I glanced at the teens. One was flicking Doritos chips at a friend. Others whispered to each other or stared at the floor. None of them seemed to be listening. And why should they? I wondered. Who cares about something that involves no adventure, no sacrifice, and no risk?

Unfortunately what I witnessed that night is hardly unique. Often ministries, especially youth ministries, are heavy on fun and light on faith. It’s fired up entertainment and watered down gospel.
Amused to death

The entertainment emphasis can be traced at least a generation, and perhaps nowhere was the impact felt more profoundly than in youth programs. Instead of stressing confirmation of faith—youth ministry’s original raison d’être—the focus shifted to attracting more and more kids to the ministry (which inevitably involved entertaining them). Not necessarily bad goals, but there were some ugly unintended consequences.

Today some youth ministries are almost devoid of religious education. They are “holding tanks with pizza,” as church researcher Ed Stetzer has called them. Some use violent video game parties to attract students through the church doors on Friday nights.

Over the past year I’ve conducted dozens of interviews with 20-somethings who have walked away from their Christian faith. Among the most surprising findings was this: nearly all of these “leavers” reported having positive experiences in youth group. I recall my conversation with one young man who described his journey from evangelical to atheist. He had nothing but vitriol for the Christian beliefs of his childhood, but when I asked him about youth group, his voice lifted. “Oh, youth group was a blast! My youth pastor was a great guy.”

I was confused. I asked Josh Riebock, a former youth pastor and author of mY Generation, to solve the riddle: if these young people had such a good time in youth group, why did they ditch their faith shortly after heading to college?

His response was simple. “Let’s face it,” he said. “There are a lot more fun things to do at college than eat pizza.” Read the rest of the article by following this link.

Categories: Youth Ministry

Got a Few Minutes? Take Our Technology Survey for a Chance to Win an Amazon Kindle

May 13th, 2011 1 comment

Concordia Publishing House is very interested in how you use digital technology, both in your personal life and in your congregation. Would you take a few minutes to complete a 10-minute survey that will help us understand how to serve you best with resources in a wide variety of digital formats and options?

We will be giving away three Kindles to people who fully complete the survey, the names to be drawn at random from the total number of participants in the survey.

We need to hear from you by May 22, so let us know how you use and what you want from us when it comes to digital resources. Thank you!

CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY

Categories: CPH Resources

Don’t Miss Out On Great Prices on Great Lutheran Books and Resources

May 13th, 2011 14 comments

By way of reminder….

We are in the last couple of weeks or so of our Spring catalog promotion, offering you great prices on great resources. Don’t miss out on it.

Don’t know what I’m talking about? Well, you can view the entire catalog online, here, and about those prices…let me show you what I’m talking about. I’ll run through a slew of items you will find at special prices in our Spring Catalog. These are but a few examples of what I’m talking about.

The Works of Martin Chemnitz, eight volumes, containing ten of Chemnitz’ most important theological works, only $250, regular price: $377.99.

The Essential Lutheran Library, regular price: $261, now only $169.

The Lutheran Study Bible, regular price: $54.99, now on sale for $34.99.

Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions, regular price: $31.99, now only: $19.99.

Lutheranism 101, regular price: $19.99, now only $14.99

Law and Gospel, regular price: $29.99, now only $19.99.

The Lutheran Difference, regular price: $29.99, now only $19.99.

And there are many other great prices and deals available in the Spring Catalog.

You will receive free shipping if you place an order for $75 or more, from the catalog. That is, to qualify for free shipping, you must place an order for $75 or more for items in the catalog. Sorry to be repetitive, but for some folks this has proven a difficult concept. If you call to place your order at 800-325-3040, you must mention the code GR to get this offer. If you place your order online, you must use the Code GR to receive free shipping.

So, don’t miss out.

If You’re Not on Facebook, It’s Time to Get Over Yourself

May 12th, 2011 34 comments

This is a great article, from Gizmodo.

Facebook has over half a billion users. Almost everyone I know uses it. I use it. You probably use it. But ubiquity isn’t equal to universality. Everyone knows one of those self righteous Facebook abstainers. Social media luddites. Pushing aside modern society in favor of a purer lifestyle, devoid of pokes, tags, and feeds. Defenders of something more natural and independent than Zuckerberg’s friendship hive.

Except really, these people aren’t defending anything except antisocial, extremely annoying behavior. And if you’re one of them—you need to stop.

I will grant you this: Facebook, much like Twitter, has a lot that sucks about it. A tremendous amount. You’re exposed to inane human behavior on a scope and volume unprecedented in the history of mankind. And yes, there are privacy eyebrow-raises that are warranted—it’s a little weird that people I barely know anymore see where I work, where I live, and who I’m talking to. And there’s plenty of crap. Pokes from creepy people. Photos of idiots. Moronic comments. Racism. All the worst parts about our species, sandwiched between poorly-targeted banner ads.

And yet, Facebook is a spectacular tool.

Facebook is the most important way we touch our friends online, period. Birthdays, parties, Passover seders, graduations—they’re all organized on Facebook. Wedding photos, baby photos, stupid college parties photos you’re nostalgic about already—they’re all on Facebook. Everyone you might still care about in your life, despite distance, work, stress, money, and time—they’re (mostly) all on Facebook. And all there to grasp, with the most minimal of effort. Really. Just click a bunch. If you care about any of these things—socializing, memories, friendships—you should be using Facebook, in spite of all its sour, vexing flaws.

Basically, if you don’t like Facebook, it sounds to me like you don’t like your friends. And what kind of terrible person doesn’t like friends? Even Hitler had friends.

If you don’t believe me, believe history. Remember those self righteous morons who took such groundless pride in not having a cell phone? Ten years ago, those people were left behind. Sure, we liked them. But they became annoying to get a hold of, forcing you to go out of your way to be friends with them because they labelled some new technology as beneath them without even taking the time to understand it. They didn’t want to learn how modern friendship had evolved. They choose to look at a brand new social tool as a hindrance rather than a convenience. This is all happening again, but with Facebook.

So, don’t be that grouch in 2011 who misses out on connecting with the rest of the world because you’d rather sound like a 21st century rebel; some sort of obnoxious pseudo-Thoreau, whose Walden is just an empty computer and a lonely life.

Use Facebook. Even sparingly. And not because Facebook doesn’t suck. But because your friends are completely awesome.

Following Jesus While Rejecting the Bible? Another Tragedy in Mainline Protestantism

May 11th, 2011 5 comments

I was going to put up a blog post on this, but…Al Mohler’s remarks are so good, I will just pass them along.

 

Yet another denomination has voted to ordain openly homosexual candidates to its ministry. Yesterday, the Presbyterian Church (USA) presbytery of the Twin Cities in Minnesota voted to approve a change to the church’s constitution that will allow the denomination’s 173 presbyteries to ordain persons without regard to sexual orientation.

The Twin Cities presbytery cast the deciding vote in what is now a 33-year effort to remove all restrictions on homosexuals serving in the church’s ordained ministry. It became the 87th presbytery to affirm the action of the church’s 219th assembly last summer authorizing the constitutional change. The action not only concludes over three decades of controversy over the ordination standards; it also reverses actions taken in 1997, 2001, and 2008, when similar efforts failed.

In 1996, the denomination restated its ordination requirements to include “fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman or chastity in singleness.” That policy had also required that candidates “refusing to repent of any self-acknowledged practice which the confessions call sin shall not be ordained and/or installed as deacons, elders or ministers of the Word and Sacrament.”

The new constitutional section will read:

Standards for ordained service reflect the church’s desire to submit joyfully to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in all aspects of life. The governing body responsible for ordination and/or installation shall examine each candidate’s calling, gifts, preparation, and suitability for the responsibilities of office. The examination shall include, but not be limited to, a determination of the candidate’s ability and commitment to fulfill all requirements as expressed in the constitutional questions for ordination and installation. Governing bodies shall be guided by Scripture and the confessions in applying standards to individual candidates.

All references to marriage and chastity are gone, along with the language about refusal to repent of sin. The new language speaks instead of submission to the Lordship of Christ and being guided by Scripture and confessions. In any other context, that language might not seem revolutionary, but in this case, it means the denomination’s surrender to those pushing for the normalization of homosexuality.

Put another way, this church has now decided that “fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman or chastity in singleness” is just too restrictive.

Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the PC(USA) General Assembly, explained the meaning of the change: “Clearly what has changed is that persons in a same-gender relationship can be considered for ordination . . . .  The gist of our ordination standards is that officers submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and ordaining bodies (presbyteries for ministers and sessions for elders and deacons) have the responsibility to examine each candidate individually to ensure that all candidates do so with no blanket judgments.”

Why now? Parsons suggested that the victory by proponents of the ordination of homosexuals has come because of the exodus of larger conservative congregations from the denomination (approximately 100 over the last five years), the fact that many Presbyterians seemed “ready to get past this argument,” the growing acceptance of homosexuality in the larger culture, and the less controversial wording of this revision. He, along with others, expressed some measure of surprise and relief that the decision was made.

He told The New York Times, “We’ve been having this conversation for 33 years, and some people are ready to get to the other side of this decision. . . . Some people are going to celebrate this day because they’ve worked for it for a long time, and some people will mourn this day because they think it’s a totally different understanding of Scripture than they have.”

The Presbyterian Church (USA) now joins the Episcopal Church (US), the United Church of Christ, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in ordaining openly homosexual candidates to the ministry.

Both sides in this controversy understand the meaning of the decision. While this action deals specifically with ordination standards, it is really about the larger issue of homosexuality. Most observers expect that the decision to allow same-sex marriages will follow closely.

But even beyond the specific issue of homosexuality, the church faced two of the most fundamental questions of Christian theology — the authority of the Bible and the Lordship of Christ. In making this change, the church clearly affirms that one may submit to the Lordship of Christ without submitting to the clear teachings of Scripture.

That is a fundamental error that leaves this denomination now in the implausible position of claiming to affirm the Lordship of Christ while subverting the authority of Scripture. The removal of the constitutional language about marriage and chastity, coupled with the removal of the language about repentance from what Scripture identifies as sin, effectively means that candidates and presbyteries may defy Scripture while claiming to follow Christ.

Clearly, this action could not have happened without this denomination having abandoned any required belief in the full authority, inspiration, and truthfulness of the Bible long ago. This most recent decision sets the stage for the total capitulation of this church to the normalization of homosexuality — an act of open defiance against the Scriptures.

In a “churchwide letter” to the denomination, PC(USA) leaders stated:

Reactions to this change will span a wide spectrum. Some will rejoice, while others will weep. Those who rejoice will see the change as an action, long in coming, that makes the PCUSA an inclusive church that recognizes and receives the gifts for ministry of all those who feel called to ordained office. Those who weep will consider this change one that compromises biblical authority and acquiesces to present culture. The feelings on both sides run deep.

Well, the feelings no doubt run deep, but the injury to this church runs far deeper than feelings. This is yet another tragedy in the sad history of mainline Protestantism’s race toward total theological disaster.


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Laurie Goodstein, “Presbyterians Approve Ordination of Gay People,” The New York Times, Tuesday, May 10, 2011.

Presbyterians to Allow Gay to Be Ordained Ministers,” The Minneapolis Star Tribune, Wednesday, May 11, 2011.

Jerry van Marter, “PC(USA) Relaxes Constitutional Prohibition of Gay and Lesbian Ordination,” Presbyterian News Service, Tuesday, May 10, 2011.

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Approves Change in Ordination Standard,” Presbyterian News Service, Tuesday, May 10, 2011.

Great Video on Gay Marriage from Pastor Fisk

May 11th, 2011 4 comments

How to Pick the E-Book Reader that is Right For You

May 10th, 2011 8 comments

People who are thinking of buying a device to read e-books face a bewildering range of options and choices. Sadly, people buy a device before they really understand what e-books are, and how they work, and which devices are best for which kind of e-book or e-publication. I was reading a publication about all these issues and there is contained in the document a helpful summary of the differences across e-book devices, smartphone and tablets. I’ll summarize that information below, and provide some short, to-the-point advice.

E-Readers (Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, etc.)
Primary User Interaction: Consume e-books
Display size: Medium
Display font: grayscale
Display speed: slow
Connectivity: 3G and/or wireless
Battery life: Long
Outdoor use: Excellent
Best content match: Books in linear format (straight running text)

Is a dedicated e-book reader right for you? If your primary interest, mind you, *primary* interest is reading e-books, a dedicated e-reader is the way to go. The display is very easy on the eyes. They are light. They have become more fast. They can be used, easily, in bright sunshine or anywhere where the ambient light is strong and there is no glare. They are the closest thing to reading an actual page in an actual book. BUT…if you want to do *anything* more than read e-books you will quickly be frustrated with dedicated e-book readers, like the Kindle and Nook, to whatever degree they offer you internet access, the interface is very difficult to manage. If you want more than e-book reading function, then you should consider a tablet.

Smartphones
Primary User Interaction: Communication
Display size: small
Display format: color, increasingly in very high resolution
Display speed: Fast
Connectivity: Full voice/graphics on 3 and 4 G networks, where available
Battery life: short
Outdoor use: Fair to poor
Best content match: News and single media

Is a smartphone the best choice for you? It’s kind of a moot point, since most smartphones will make it possible for you to install an application, like the Kindle app, and you can read e-books on your smartphone. If you prefer a small, compact, all-in-one device that also makes it possible for you to read books, the smartphone will, by default, be your best choice.

Tablets
Primary user interaction: Engagement in media experience
Display size: medium
Display format: color in increasingly high resolution
Connectivity: Full data
Battery life: medium
Best content match: magazines/multimedia

Is a tablet the best choice for you? If you want more than a simple e-book reader, like having access to the Internet, easily, for checking/responding to e-mail, or texting, or if you intend to consume a lot of multimedia, such as movies and music, and you want a larger display size, a tablet is right for you. But, be prepared, reading books on a tablet is not as pleasant as on, for example, a Kindle. There is glare and you are reading a backlit display. It is nearly impossible to use it outside, even in the shade.

Based on this information, here are my recommendations:
My recommendation for dedicated e-book reader: Kindle, hands down the best choice.
My recommendation for a smartphone that does it all? iPhone
My recommendation for a tablet? iPad, though I do not consider the iPad the best choice for straight reading of books though.

Sneak Preview of the Deluxe Pocket Edition of the Lutheran Confessions

May 9th, 2011 26 comments

So many people bought the pocket edition of the Lutheran Confessions, that a number have asked us to consider publishing a nicer edition of the pocket edition and…here you go…coming this summer. It is made with a leather-like material that is durable, sturdy and allows us to get this kind of tone-on-tone stitched cover for a fraction of what it would cost were to be in real leather. The page edges are gilded. I’ll share more information as it becomes available. Here’s a picture. [For camera/photo geeks: I must say that I remain impressed with the built-in camera that comes with the iPhone now. This was shot in artificial light in my office, I was able to hold the camera perfectly still by resting it on my desk...very sharp detail and nice faithful color rendition].

 

Categories: CPH Resources

A Salute To Our Troops

May 6th, 2011 6 comments

It is unfortunate that some people in this country do not understand that there are many people around the world, particularly Islamic fundamentalists, who will stop at nothing to kill you, and me. Make no mistake about it: these people can not be reasoned with, we can not appeal to them on the basis of our Western limp-wristed multiculturalistic values. They want to kill us.  They want to destroy us. They want to impose Sharia law everywhere. This is a struggle to the death, period. Dear reader, if you do not understand this, or agree with it, I invite you to crawl out from under the rock you have been living under, smell the coffee and wake up!

I thank God that He provides courageous soldiers who stand up against those who would destroy us and protect us, day and night. As Winston Churchill once said: ““We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.” In light of recent events, here is a great video from an organization I’m proud to be a life-long member of the National Rifle Association.

Categories: Current Affairs

First Look Inside at Martin Luther Graphic Novel – We are Ready to Take Your Orders Now

May 5th, 2011 6 comments

I’m very happy to give you a good first look at the forthcoming graphic novel from Concordia Publishing House titled Echos of the Hammer. It will be available in June. We are offering the following discount structure for group purchases: 1-9 copies: $10.99 each; 10 or more $9.99 each, plus shipping. Use the promo code YEH at checkout on our web site, or when you call into to our customer service center at 800-325-3040. Here’s a downloadable sample of the book.

This is the story, from birth to death, of Martin Luther who headed a revolution that changed the world. From a small town in medieval Germany, the Reformation resulted in dramatic, sweeping change that still echoes today. Here is Luther’s story of adventure, courage, and faith told for the first time in graphic novel style. Scattered throughout the book are informational call-outs of key supporters and enemies of Luther including Frederick the Wise, Katherine von Bora, Charles IV, and many others. Also included is a comprehensive explanation of Luther’s Seal and an extensive history timeline that gives broad context to Luther’s life. As children and middle school children become increasingly visually literate, their reading habits change accordingly. This Luther biography will teach in a fun, comfortable format while providing an educational and appreciation of Luther and the Reformation. It’s perfect for classroom use. Author Susan K. Leigh is an editor and author who lives in a small town in Illinois. She is the author of several children’s picture books, including twelve titles in the popular “God, I Need to Talk to You” series. Illustrator Dave Hill graduated from Glasgow School of Art. He has worked in the video game industry for ten years. As a freelance illustrator, Dave’s passion is children’s book and comic books. He lives in Scotland with his wife and their two children.

Cover of "Luther: Echoes of the Hammer"

 

Sample of color illustration in "Echoes"

 

Sample of black and white illustrations in "Echoes"

 

Hey, Kids! Here’s a Bible Designed to Help You Entirely Miss the Point of the Bible!

May 5th, 2011 4 comments

I have reviewed, literally, hundreds of “children’s Bibles” over the years, and no matter how many times I do, I am still stunned, and shocked, to see how so-called Christian Bibles and so-called Christian authors so horribly neglect the Gospel when they prepare these resources. Well, here is the latest monstrosity, from Zondervan Publishing Company, which, of course, is now owned by the Ruppert Murdoch media empire, which is concerned only about the bottom line. It’s no surprise that Zondervan is also responsible for releasing NIV 2011, the new NIV translation that misses the mark horribly. As mentioned in this post.

I give you…

 

Check out the promotional copy for this Bible.

Join the Berenstain Bears as they explore the most amazing book of all time—the Bible. Filled with 18 full-color pages of delightful illustrations of the beloved Berenstain Bear characters, the Berenstain Bears Holy Bible, NIrV highlights verses that feature virtues supported by God’s Word. This Bible will teach children ages 4 to 7 more about God and how he wants them to live.

What’s the Bible all about? Virtues! But, kind reader, consider that you do not need a Bible to learn about “virtues” … you can get great lessons in virtues and how God wants us to live by reading fairy tales and legends, and Aesop’s fables or Mother Goose stories. You see, the Law is not unique to the Bible. It’s embedded in the very fiber of God’s creation. But the Gospel, alone, is unique to the Holy Scriptures and that is what the Bible is really all about: Christ and His work for you and His gifts and blessings for you. Thankfully, you do not have to buy junk like this. You have a much better choice. Ahem….click here.

Special Report on LCMS Finances: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

May 3rd, 2011 Comments off

A special edition of the Lutheran Witness is going out across the Synod, to many, many people. I urge you to read it very carefully. After many years of increasing financial difficulty and shifting funds around between various accounts, effectively robbing Peter to pay Paul, we are getting a very clear and honest picture of the financial mess our Synod is in, including the problems caused by the Fanning Into Flame and Ablaze! efforts. Here is Pastor Harrison, president of our Synod, giving us a twelve minute video preview of what we will be reading in the special edition of the Witness.

Categories: LCMS

The Death of Osama Bin Laden: A Teaching Moment on the Doctrine of Vocation and the Two Kingdoms

May 3rd, 2011 27 comments

 

I’ve been struck by the reactions to the killing of Osama Bin Laden. On the one extreme, we hear triumphalistic theocratic rhetoric, falling into the error of assuming, or thinking, that somehow America is “God’s chosen nation.” On the other extreme are the pacifistic, hand-wringing comments made, sadly, yes, even by some Lutherans who should know better. Why should they know better? Because we know and understand the doctrine of vocation and the doctrine of the two kingdoms.

The doctrine of vocation teaches us that all callings and stations in life are honorable and noble, from the person who changes the bed pan in a hospital, to the person who drives a taxi cab, to the soldier who does his duty in service to country and neighbor. This is why Martin Luther wrote in his treatise, “Can Soldiers Too Be Saved?

…In the same way, when I think of a soldier fulfilling his office by punishing the wicked, killing the wicked, and creating so much misery, it seems an un-Christian work completely contrary to Christian love. But when I think of how it protects the good and keeps and preserves wife and child, house and farm, property, and honor and peace, then I see how precious and godly this work is; and I observe that it amputates a leg or a hand, so that the whole body may not perish…

…The office of the sword is in itself right and is a divine and useful ordinance, which God does not want us to despise, but to fear, honor, and obey, under penalty of punishment, as St. Paul says in Romans 13 [:1-5]…

…Self-defense is a proper ground for fighting and therefore all laws agree that self-defense shall go unpunished; and he who kills another in self-defense is innocent in the eyes of all men…

…When the battle begins…they [soldiers] should simply commend themselves to God’s grace and adopt a Christian attitude…everyone should also say this exhortation in his heart or with his lips, “Heavenly Father, here I am, according to your divine will, in the external work and service of my lord, which I owe you first and then to my lord for your sake. I thank your grace and mercy that you have put me into a work which I am sure is not sin, but right and pleasing obedience to your will. But because I know and have learned from your gracious word that none of our good works can help us and that no one is saved as a soldier but only as a Christian, therefore, I will not in any way rely on my obedience and work, but place myself freely at the service of your will. I believe with all my heart that only the innocent blood of your dear Son, my Lord Jesus Christ, redeems and saves me, which he shed for me in obedience to your holy will. In this faith I will live and die, fight, and do everything else. Dear Lord God the Father, preserve and strengthen this faith in me by your Spirit. Amen.” (American Edition, Vol. 46)

The other doctrine to keep in mind is the doctrine of the two kingdoms. We know that God works to save souls from hell through the “right hand kingdom” that is, within and through the Church via the means of grace, given to her to proclaim the Gospel for the salvation of sinners. This is the calling of the Church, not the state. On the other hand, it is to earthly government, the “left hand kingdom” that God gives the authority to protect and defend life, by giving to it the power of the sword, as Paul explains in Romans 13. It is this duty that our government discharged in hunting down and killing Osama Bin Laden, for the sake of defending us and our families and our nation. Bin Laden has demonstrated, for many years, a clear desire and intention to do our nation harm and proved it many times over, most dramatically on Sept. 11, 2001. We do well to remember that pacifism is not a Christian teaching. The Bible does not support it, and it is therefore indefensible.

Do we rejoice in the death of a wicked man, who from every human perspective, is facing now nothing but eternal torment and punishment in hell? No, of course not. Do we however rejoice that justice was carried out and a man who wished to kill us all is now dead? Yes, of course we do. This “no” and “yes” response is incapable of being understood without the doctrine of vocation and the two kingdoms clearly in view.

Categories: Current Affairs

Thoughts on the Killing of Osama Bin Laden: What Are Your Thoughts?

May 2nd, 2011 25 comments

Do we rejoice in the death of the wicked? No, because the Lord does not.

Can we however be grateful and rejoice that justice has been done? That the Lord has, through the instrumentality of the kingdom of the left, exercised this justice? Yes.

Here are a couple thoughts on the killing of Osama Bin Laden that well summarize what I’m feeling and thinking this morning. How about you?

FIRST, from a Lutheran pastor:

Please remember that the special forces had their God-given vocation to do last night, bearing that sword not held in vain. One may not like the use of lethal force on principle, but there are honorable men who exercise that force and bear the price, with that just sword, of taking human lives. While especially-squeamish people wring their hands back here, please also remember all that runs through the special forces’ minds even after a ‘righteous kill.’ It’s just hard for me to be an earnest, handwringing parson right now. Justice frequently needs frail human souls to carry it out.

 

SECOND, from Winston Churchill:

“We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.” – Winston Churchill

 

Categories: Current Affairs