Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Flu-like symptoms

Sorry about the lack of posts. I think I've contracted some flu-like disorder. It's not the Crow Flu, Avian Flu or even H1N1. It's a writer's malady diagnosed as A-Flu. The deadly symptoms are an inability to craft blog posts. Hopefully, with enough chicken noodle soup, rest and a good quill my creative literary powers will be restored.

Friday, June 5, 2009

My Last Chapel: Wordled

Wordle is a web site that takes text and artistically arranges it. The words most used are the largest. I wordled the chapel I gave on June 1. The results are interesting.
I used Matthew 28:17-19 as my text. Actually, I wanted to use this text for my penultimate chapel but I asked Pastor Bagnal from St. Luke Lutheran Church in Clinton Township to give chapel so I used the text this past Monday. I've Wordled other chapels and it's interesting to see what words are used the most. As chapel speakers our responsibility is to present God's Holy Word in all its truth and purity. We need to reveal the condemnation of the Law and the glorious, unconditional grace of the Gospel. That's it. Students and staff must leave rejoicing with the robes of righteousness given to them through Christ's atoning sacrifice. So when I look at the Wordle graphic it was comforting to see Christ was the word most often used. However, that doesn't mean it was a good chapel. Reverend Todd Wilken, of Issues Etc., has a great sermon diagnostic that I've discussed in previous blogs and use every time I give chapel or listen to a sermon:

1) Is Christ mentioned? 2) Is Christ the subject of the verbs? 3) If Christ is the subject of the verbs what is he doing?

That diagnostic helps me avoid presenting Law as Gospel, Gospel as Law. It also helps me avoid presenting Christ as a pal, chum, compadre, or chingu rather than as our sin-forgiving, eternal-life-granting Savior.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

George will preach environmental truth

George Will's latest column reveals the real truth behind the environmental push. Before you label me some gas-guzzling, non-earth caring, ruin-the-world-as-fast-as-we-can, madcap; please understand that we do need to be stewards of all that God, our Lord and Creator, the author and perfecter of our faith, has given us.
Read George Will's column. He exposes the undercurrent of hubris often found in environmentalism.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Baptists Speak Out: Lutherans Embrace

I recently read David Cloud's review of The Shack. (Click the link. Cloud's review is interesting.) David Cloud writes articles for Fundamental Baptist Information Service located in Port Huron, Michigan. Christian News, an excellent source of insightful truth, recently published Cloud's review.

If find it interesting that Cloud, a Baptist, speaks out against The Shack but many LCMS churches embrace the book and favorably recommend it to their parishioners.

The other day in my English class we were viewing student PowerPoint presentations. The students e-mailed me their files so I was using my school computer to display the presentations. After closing one file the title page of this blog was on the screen. Several students quickly recognized The Shack illustration.

One commented, "The Shack. Can we read that for our AP summer read?"

Another said, "The Shack. Oh, I love that book."

Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!

Young minds who lack discernment, because they lack instruction, because they have been fed heapings of false prophets like Rick Warren

and ___________________ (insert cool preacher du-jour here), who also believe that denominational differences involving baptism, the Lord's Supper and God's inerrant Word should be ignored, read this tripe without discernment. That's dangerous.

Hey, here's an idea. Instead of embracing all the false prophets and their false teachings, use the books to speak out against the dangers of these ideas and how they clash with God's Word. “Go and make disciples of all people: baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to do everything I have commanded you.” (emphasis mine).

Common sense would seem to dictate that all people should know about the dangers of these books instead of embracing and promotingusing them.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Summer Reading Mound

Ahhhhh, summer has not yet arrived but the summer book pile is growing. I love this time of year. Yes, I have finals to grade. Yes, I have grades to figure out. No, for the first time in twenty-four years I have no research papers to grade. Despite all this, my summer reading list is growing.

In no specific order here's what's on the list:

Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg

The Robe by Lloyd Douglas

I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

Brave New World by Aldus Huxley

1984 by George Orwell
Feel free to make recommendations.