Monthly Archives: January 2013

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The Hope Blog

german-pulpit.jpgTom, I and our 11-year-old William attended an organ concert yesterday afternoon at the historic Trinity Lutheran Church in downtown Milwaukee. Built in 1878, the old church still has all the original pews and pulpit and flooring. (Charles Spurgeon was in the prime of his ministry across the Atlantic when this church was built.) It is one of the most gorgeous and acoustically perfect churches in the city with a marvelous old organ.

We went to hear a renowned organist from Germany, Uwe Karsten Groß, and it was a lovely hour and a half. We arrived early, uncertain of available seating but we were the first ones there. Tom met a music colleague, Dr. John Behnke, from Concordia University Wisconsin, and Dr. Behnke graciously took us upstairs to the organ loft to meet Professor Groß. William, who is a serious piano student and aspiring organist, was thrilled to have him…

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Posted by on January 31, 2013 in Uncategorized


Gomer Pyle, LGBT (Sarcasm)


Posted by on January 30, 2013 in Uncategorized


Fast Times at Seekermergent High (Humor)

Fast Times as Seekermergent High (Humor)

Mr. Hand: “Mr. Spicoli, which book of the Bible did you choose for your report?”

Spicoli: “I chose Dude-a-ronomy…”


Posted by on January 29, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Ernest Goes Emergent (Humor)

Ernest Goes Emergent (Humor)

Hey Vern… what do you think about my idea to take the Bible out of church and replace it with social justice? Ain’t I smart…

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Posted by on January 28, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Hymn & Haw Part Duex (Humor)

Hymn & Haw Part Duex (Humor)

P&W Leader (being derisively sarcastic): “Everyone take out a Hymnal.”

Other guy: “That’s a good one, Bill. What will you say for an encore…everyone take out a Bible?”

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Posted by on January 27, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Conditionally Welcome (Humor)

Conditionally Welcome (Humor)


Posted by on January 23, 2013 in Uncategorized


Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

21 Νυνὶ δὲ χωρὶς νόμου δικαιοσύνη θεοῦ πεφανέρωται μαρτυρουμένη ὑπὸ τοῦ νόμου καὶ τῶν προφητῶν, 22 δικαιοσύνη δὲ θεοῦ διὰ πίστεως Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ εἰς πάντας τοὺς πιστεύοντας. οὐ γάρ ἐστιν διαστολή, 23 πάντες γὰρ ἥμαρτον καὶ ὑστεροῦνται τῆς δόξης τοῦ θεοῦ 24 δικαιούμενοι δωρεὰν τῇ αὐτοῦ χάριτι διὰ τῆς ἀπολυτρώσεως τῆς ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ· 25 ὃν προέθετο ὁ θεὸς ἱλαστήριον διὰ [τῆς] πίστεως ἐν τῷ αὐτοῦ αἵματι εἰς ἔνδειξιν τῆς δικαιοσύνης αὐτοῦ διὰ τὴν πάρεσιν τῶν προγεγονότων ἁμαρτημάτων 26 ἐν τῇ ἀνοχῇ τοῦ θεοῦ, πρὸς τὴν ἔνδειξιν τῆς δικαιοσύνης αὐτοῦ ἐν τῷ νῦν καιρῷ, εἰς τὸ εἶναι αὐτὸν δίκαιον καὶ δικαιοῦντα τὸν ἐκ πίστεως Ἰησοῦ. (Romans 3:21-26 NA27)

21But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being attested to by the Law and the Prophets, 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ to all those who believe for there is no distinction. 23 For…

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Posted by on January 23, 2013 in Uncategorized


I just flew in from Willow Creek and boy are my arms tired…

A Twisted Crown of Thorns ®


In the modern times in which we live where every body has got the attention span of a gnat it is not surprising to see that many times some pastors opt to dress too casually in t-shirts and jeans to try and emulate popular stand up comedians. Well it actually works…these churches surely get filled up very soon. Most of the churches actually have high turn overs with new faces literally fighting for empty front row seats every week (and an even higher numbers leaving through the back door in search of funnier and more entertaining routines).

Church growth gurus now advocate for “hip and relevant” programmes that are geared to effect maximum entertainment and comedic fun at the expense of discipleship and Bible study. The youth groups are actually not far behind. (Oops! I guess that is the understatement of the generation seeing that its in church youth groups…

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Posted by on January 18, 2013 in Uncategorized


Laughing at Hymn (Humor)

Laughing at Hymn (Humor)


Posted by on January 17, 2013 in Uncategorized


The Riddles of God

The riddles of God  posted by Simon Thomas

The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man.” –Introduction to the Book of Job, 1907 ( G. K Chesterton)
One of the riddles of God is His Immutability, His unchangeableness, and I find it among His many of His attributes, to be one of most comforting. God alone is perfect and everything He does is perfect, and complete, when  He does something once’ He does it to perfection and in the incredible way of His profound creativity, He does it again, the same yet also different. Like the sunrise He commands everyday, every single day , He commands the sun to shine, and everyday the same perfection appears again, and again. Like the people made in His perfect image, He makes the same again, the same but different, Not one will be duplicate but the same father who fashioned the Cosmos and delights in expanding it daily, so He makes the world of people, He sets His love upon. Perfect, the same but completely different. This paradox  does  only make good sense when God is the author. For He does all things well in His time.
All the change agents in this world who rally around, ever wanting something different make the same error, they are never content with monotony. Routine and stability. In fact the modern society does much to de-stabilize itself to its own hurt, and so do we when we are discontented with our lot or state. Can there ever be anything grander than being made in the “imageo dei”  the image of God. Yet we are not content with that. The Apostle Paul writes that godliness with contentment is great gain” We put a lot of stock into change, change into this and change into that. When our greatest asset is in being and not doing, what needed to be done has been done, Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures. There is no adding to that. Believing on Jesus to be our ever present help in times of need is all that is required. ( And for most of us that is all the time.
God is splendid, in His monotony, His unchanging unwavering, promises, always reliable, always there. So why don’t’ we take a step back and instead of wanting to change the world, let us conform to Christ, and learn contentment in what we are and in what we have. ( The one more than the other)  And sit back and enjoy again the glory of God in a blade of grass and in the rustling of falling leaves in the autumn time. In the springtime of youth and in the limitations of old age. God has not changed, nor will He. His mercies, they are new every morning, Great is His Faithfullness.
Great is thy faithfulness, O God, My Father
There is no shadow of turning with Thee.
Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not;
As thou hast been, Thou forever wilt be.
Great is thy faithfulness, Great is thy faithfulness;
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me.
Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon, and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
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Posted by on January 17, 2013 in Uncategorized