Justin Long-Lived

That wasn’t his nom de guerre. Martyr was. There was a reason for that. He was an apologist not a satirist. About the same time Justin Martyr was making a defense for the Christian faith Juvenal was satirizing the Roman Empire. Justin was martyred for his apologetics; Juvenal might have been exiled, but he wasn’t murdered. I watched a Lutheran satire on Mormons.  It is spot on regarding the point of attack, but I still wish I hadn’t watched it.  Let me tell you why. Continue reading

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The Real Plasticity of the Text

The Reverend Doctor Jeffery Kloha has been pilloried for asserting the plasticity of the New Testament text.  I don’t agree in general with his paper that makes the argument and I don’t agree with how he reaches the following conclusion, but he is right.  People have a “plug and play” (My illustration and words not his.) mentality in regard to the Scriptures Continue reading

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A Little Yeast, a Little Hole, a Little Pregnant

What do yeast, holes, and pregnancy have in common?  There really is no such thing as a “little” of any of these, and if nothing is done they will only get bigger.  Sane people want the mother to grow bigger and bakers depend on the yeast growing, but everyone knows the Little Dutch Boy was right. His quick reaction stops the hole in the levee from getting bigger. We didn’t act in time to stop syncretism. May we act in time to stop gay marriage. Continue reading

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Where Have you Gone Joe DiMaggio?

So Simon and Garfunkel lamented in their 1968 song.  Having read the biography of the Yankee Clipper, Mickey Mantel, Ted Williams, and Stan Musial, history can have all of them save for Stan the Man.  My lament is for the deaconess who wrote a VBS curriculum on the first century church in 2000 and the Reformation era in 2001.  Where have you gone whatever your name is? Continue reading

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Womanfully

There is such a word.  Merriam-Webster online defines it as follows: with “womanly constancy or spirit.”  I couldn’t find the word at all in my 1973 Macmillan Dictionary or in my 1983 unabridged Webster’s.  Methinks this is another word made up by the feminists under the banner of equal rights, but the closest synonym in these dictionaries to womanfully is womanish.  Most women would consider it an insult to be called womanish. To be described as womanly or feminine or ladylike is not. But if you call a female “a princess” or “a girly-girl” you crossed over again to the insulting. Continue reading

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Chances Are

            In the late 1950s Johnny Mathis sang “Chances Are.”  I’ve never liked that song.  Though it ends with the line “The chances are your chances are awfully good!” I always thought there shouldn’t be that much chance connected to that much professed love. Continue reading

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Faithless in Big, but Faithful in Little?

The LCMS, Inc. or some such entity connected with this behemoth wants to do for your church’s finances what LCMS, Inc. has already done to your doctrine. Don’t let them. Continue reading

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Just like China and North Korea

“You’re just like China and North Korea” is what those promoting the gay agenda say to Christians who don’t want their marriages gay or their children propagandized.  And you know what? They’re wrong; we’re worse. Continue reading

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Darwin Agrees with God!

I have proof that Darwin agreed with God – at least in one area. That of the worldwide Flood.  Okay that may be a stretch, but not much of one. Continue reading

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Alone Again UN-naturally

In the 70s or perhaps 80s, the saying was don’t let your kids watch TV till they have learned to read.  I added in the 90s don’t let your kids get a computer till they have learned to think.  I now add don’t let them get a cell phone till they have learned to be alone. Continue reading

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