Author Archives: Rev. Paul R. Harris

About Rev. Paul R. Harris

Ordained pastor of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod

A Boat with Billowed Sail

Whether it’s Peter, Paul, and Mary’s 1963 “Puff the Magic Dragon,” or the 1977 – rather annoying – song by Styx “Come Sail Away” or the 1980 – less annoying – song by Christopher Cross “Sail Away”, images of the … Continue reading

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Mothers Don’t Let Your Babies Grow up to be Presbyterians

So sang Willie and Waylon about cowboys, buy you can be a Confessional Lutheran and be a cowboy. The same can’t be said of being a Presbyterian. Never the twain shall meet. The thing conservative Presbyterians are closest to meeting … Continue reading

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That is the title of a papal bull of 1460. Its name comes from the opening word of the Latin text declaring it “execrable” to appeal to a council concerning a papal ruling.  No confessional Lutheran is a Catholic, big … Continue reading

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Two Blogs in One: Another Letter Not from the Trashcan & Bombs Away

This is a June 27, 2000 letter I sent to the Austin American Statesman, and they published it. They titled it.  Medicated society         We now have a pill to kill children in the womb (‘FDA approves abortion pill,’ … Continue reading

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Luther in a Second Language

In reading Albrecht Peters’ Ten Commandments I was surprised by some of what he told me Luther believed, taught, or confessed. At first I thought this might be due to the translator, but it was Holger K. Sonntag whom I … Continue reading

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Visit to a Calvinistic Baptist Church – A High Point

Finally, after visiting a Pentecostal Church, a Bible Church, a Wisconsin Synod Lutheran Church, Redeemer Presbyterian, and St. Albert the Great Catholic church, I heard the Gospel proclaimed clearly, more than once, and not as adjunct to something else. It … Continue reading

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Send Me Romans and I’ll Send You John or Money – An Open Letter to All Missionaries Seeking Money

I have been bombarded in the last two years with LCMS pastors seeking funding for their mission field. My response is “Send me the Book of Romans.”

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A Laughing Matter that isn’t Funny

I have a thirty-year-old cartoon in my files from Christianity Today. It depicts an absolutely frazzled man on the edge of a bed, phone plastered to his ear, with a freaked-out expression. The caption is: “My wife just left me, … Continue reading

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Spiritual Pornography?

I know I have a blog referring to Mel Gibson’s movie The Passion as spiritual pornography (3-13-08), and I’m sure I have referred to Guideposts magazine that way in Bible Classes. I note that no pastor worth his salt would … Continue reading

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There is a “Seinfeld” episode in which Kramer is obsessed with levels particularly having them in his apartment. It was the usual send-up. Perhaps, though, we should pay more attention to levels.

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