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To the ALS Grinch
Culture / Life

To the ALS Grinch

You’ve heard it. I’m too sophisticated to pour cold water over myself and post a self-congratulatory video on Facebook. Instead, I simply donate without the fuss. Well, if that was the case, the money would have poured in by bucket loads in the years past…but it didn’t. Oh, there are those who are in a … Continue reading

A Word of Caution to Lutherans
Faith

A Word of Caution to Lutherans

A Word of Caution to Lutherans: the ideological and theological stance favored by the “left of center” within the ELCA prevailed and likewise the “right of center” within the LCMS is here to stay with the re-election of the current president. Immaterial of where on the ideological divide one might stand, the democratic electoral process … Continue reading

On Sullivan’s Trail
Life

On Sullivan’s Trail

The academic calendar at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne allowed us to arrive at our Pocono place before Memorial Day.  In driving time, northeastern Pennsylvania is not far from the Revolutionary War battle sites out of which our country took form.  It is also not far from the battlefields in Maryland and Gettysburg where … Continue reading

The West Wing – Idealism and Reform
Politics

The West Wing – Idealism and Reform

This year, Netflix finally added one of our all-time favourite series to its line-up:  The West Wing.  Aaron Sorkin’s Emmy Award-winning series, which ran from 1999 to 2006, chronicled the fictitious administration of Jed Bartlet, the unrealistically erudite New Hampshire Governor and Nobel Prize-winning economist turned president.  My wife and I loved this show, and … Continue reading

It’s Only Stuff | Reflections After Hurricane Sandy
Culture / Faith

It’s Only Stuff | Reflections After Hurricane Sandy

The King James Version conveys the painful project of emptying a home: “Then shalt thou bring forth thy stuff by day in their sight, as stuff for removing.” This Ezekiel 12:4 passage is rendered drably, “Bring out your belongings” in the New International Version. No doubt, we need contemporary translations of ancient scripture. But I … Continue reading