Author Archives: Rev. Paul R. Harris

About Rev. Paul R. Harris

Ordained pastor of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod

Adios LCMS

That’s the name for a file folder in my email for the last 2 ½ years. I wasn’t trying to be flippant, but it is. As of 12 September 2019 in the year of Our Lord, I am no longer … Continue reading

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Let’s Get Chemical

“Let’s get physical, physical…Let me hear your body talk,” sang Oliva Newton-John in 1981. Well, we’ve went a step beyond that. Now the national zeitgeist says “Let’s get chemical, chemical…Let me hear my body talk.”

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Selective Fellowship

If you grew up in the 40s to the early 70s, Selective Service, though I don’t think it was always called that, was the big bugaboo. Males 18 and up had to register to serve in the armed forces. It … Continue reading

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Visit to a Methodist Church – Is there Methodism in this Madness?

This sure didn’t seem like the mainline liberal, bang-the-social-gospel-gong church, I expected to find. I found the Gospel here, liturgy (low church but liturgy nonetheless), and no contemporary worship.

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Max (Lucado) & Rick (Warren) Eat Your Heart Out

Well, this is an embarrassment. I saved this post October 2018. I think it is my parody of the type of Bible “study” I see being done, but I honestly don’t know if it’s that or I am passing on one … Continue reading

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Slaying the Dragon Slayer?

The title of the December 18, 2017 New York Times book review of Eric Metaxas’ biography of Martin Luther is “Slaying the Dragon of the Dark Ages”. The review of his book here may be more aptly styled as slaying … Continue reading

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Wormtongue Works Both Ways

In The Two Towers the character Wormtongue makes the Lord of the Mark believe he is weaker than he is by discouraging words, by disparaging his strength, by highlighting his age. He’s a true spirit of despair. He’s a walking … Continue reading

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Church for Dummies – Visit to A Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Church

Like those yellow books with big black letter titles on all things PC, not political correctness but personal computers, this Wisconsin Evangelical Synod church was church for dummies, or more PC (here politically correct) “church simplified”. It was definitely Christian, … Continue reading

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Batter Up!

America’s one-time favorite pastime started up again last week. They’re talking about pending rule changes. Balls and strikes called by AI; hey, in a badly called game you wonder if there is any intelligence at all. They’re talking about having … Continue reading

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Maybe Quantum Mechanics is On to Something

Stop right here. I’m no scientist. I don’t have a scientific mind or bent. I’ve never had one course in physics. You are free to go no further or to proceed to see if I make a fool of myself. … Continue reading

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