Category Archives: Missouri Megatrends

The Fabricated Luther

In Dr. Uwe Siemon-Netto’s helpful 1993 book The Fabricated Luther he shows how it takes a misreading of history to lay Hitler and Nazism at the feet of Luther. But the Luther fabricated by William Shirer in his 1960 book … Continue reading

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Coupage Coal Miner’s Communion, and Mutage

The 1970 book Wines for Everyone says this. “It would be neat to say that there is only one kind of bad wine but a million sorts of good. Unfortunately, this is untrue, for the ingenuity of some wine merchants … Continue reading

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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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Execrabilis     

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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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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The Great Debate – Inherit the Wind

The debate between Doctors Kloha and Montgomery was truly great in that instead of pretending there are no differences among us those differences were brought into the light of day. However, like the Scopes Monkey Trial in which Clarence Darrow … Continue reading

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Walk Back Now or Be Marched Out Later

No prophet to be sure, but I am willing to predict that the churches that have women voting now will have women preaching within fifteen years and LGBT pastors within twenty.

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Ripped from the Headlines

As slow-motion scenes are the death knell of B-movies, and time-travel is jumping the shark for science-fiction series, so “ripped from the headlines” is the swansong of the TV drama.  It might also be the prelude to the last gasp … Continue reading

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Look What They’ve Done to Our Brains

“Look What They’ve Done to My Song Ma” is a 1971 hit by Melanie Safka. Listen to it. It’s painful. She complains not only look what they have done to her song but what they’ve done to her brain. Let us … Continue reading

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