Love this 1976 BBC Special on Folk Guitarist Doc Watson

  Posted:Sep 18, 2014 By Matt Harrison (Mercy Journeys with Pastor Harrison)
Doc Watson has been gone a couple of years now. I saw him play in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1980, four years after this documentary. It was about this time that my friend Rev. Dr. Fred Baue made
a trip to Deep Gap, North Carolina to visit Doc. It's a marvelous story. Doc live and died a faithful Christian.

Matt H

Here Doc plays Black Mountain Rag in his fabulous flat picking style.


3. Sin Enters the World: Genesis 3:1-24 – Pr. Tom Baker, 9/17/14

  Posted:Sep 17, 2014 By Issues Etc. (Issues Etc)
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1. Galatians, Part 3 – Dr. Andrew Das, 9/17/14

  Posted:Sep 17, 2014 By Issues Etc. (Issues Etc)
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This is INSANE

  Posted:Sep 17, 2014 By Matt Harrison (Mercy Journeys with Pastor Harrison)

America Wastes $22 Trillion In War On Poverty

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The Census Bureau's annual report on poverty, released Tuesday, is noteworthy because this year marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson's launch of the War on Poverty.
Liberals claim that the war has failed because we didn't spend enough money. Their answer is to spend more. But the facts show otherwise.
Since its beginning, U.S. taxpayers have spent $22 trillion on Johnson's War on Poverty (in constant 2012 dollars). Adjusting for inflation, that's three times more than was spent on all military wars since the American Revolution.
The federal government currently runs more than 80 means-tested welfare programs. These programs provide cash, food, housing and medical care to low-income Americans. Federal and state spending on these programs last year was $943 billion.
(These figures do not include Social Security, Medicare or unemployment insurance.)
Over 100 million people, about a third of the U.S. population, received aid from at least one welfare program at an average cost of $9,000 per recipient in 2013. If converted to cash, current means-tested spending is five times the amount needed to eliminate all poverty in the U.S.
But the Census will almost certainly proclaim that around 14% of Americans are still poor. The present poverty rate is almost exactly the same as it was in 1967, a few years after the War on Poverty started. Census data actually show that poverty has gotten worse over the last 40 years.
How is this possible? How can the taxpayers spend $22 trillion on welfare while poverty gets worse? The answer is that it isn't possible. Census counts a family as poor if its income falls below specified thresholds. But in counting family "income," Census ignores nearly the entire $943 billion welfare state.
For most Americans, the word "poverty" means significant material deprivation, an inability to provide a family with adequate nutritious food, reasonable shelter and clothing. But only a small portion of the more than 40 million people labeled as poor by Census fit that description.
The media frequently associate the idea of poverty with being homeless. But less than 2% of the poor are homeless. Only one in 10 live in mobile homes. The typical house or apartment of the poor is in good repair, uncrowded and actually larger than the average dwelling of non-poor French, Germans or English.
According to government surveys, the typical family that Census identifies as poor has air-conditioning, cable or satellite TV, and a computer. Forty percent have a wide-screen HDTV, and another 40% have Internet access. Three quarters of the poor own a car and roughly a third have two or more cars.
These numbers are not the result of the current bad economy pushing middle-class families into poverty; instead, they reflect a steady improvement in living conditions among the poor for many decades.
The intake of protein, vitamins and minerals by poor children is virtually identical with upper-middle-class kids. According to surveys by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the overwhelming majority of poor people report that they were not hungry even for a single day during the prior year.
We can be grateful that the living standards of all Americans, including the poor, have risen in the past half-century. But the War on Poverty has not succeeded according to LBJ's original goal.
Johnson's aim was not to prop up living standards by making more and more people dependent on an ever-larger welfare state. Instead, he sought to increase self-sufficiency, the ability of a family to support itself out of poverty without dependence on welfare aid.
Johnson asserted that the War on Poverty would actually shrink the welfare rolls and transform the poor from "tax-eaters" into "taxpayers." Judged by that standard, the War on Poverty has been a colossal flop. The welfare state has undermined self-sufficiency by discouraging work and penalizing marriage.
When the War on Poverty began, 7% of children were born outside marriage; today, 42% are. By eroding marriage, the welfare state has made many Americans less capable of self-support than when the War on Poverty began.
President Obama plans to spend $13 trillion on means-tested welfare over the next decade. Most of this spending will flow through traditional welfare programs that discourage the keys to self-sufficiency: work and marriage.
Rather than doubling down on the mistakes of the past, we should restructure the welfare state around Johnson's original goal: increasing Americans' capacity for self-support.
Welfare should no longer be a one-way handout. Able-bodied recipients of cash, food and housing should be required to work or prepare for work as condition of receiving aid. Welfare's penalties against marriage should be reduced.
By returning to the original vision of aiding the poor to aid themselves, we can begin, in Johnson's words, to "replace their despair with opportunity."
• Rector is a Heritage Foundation senior research fellow and an authority on poverty, the welfare system and immigration. This article first appeared in The Daily Signal.

A Concordia Pitches a No-Hitter. The Final Score: 0-34

  Posted:Sep 17, 2014 (Brothers of John the Steadfast)

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Not that long ago I read through a Concordia University’s glossy biannual magazine. I was struck by how little Jesus there was in it. I went back and took another look. I saw no Jesus. I downloaded it and did a search. Zero Jesus. Zero . By comparison, the word innovation , or one of its derivatives, was used 34 times. That’s right. Thirty-four . Luke 12:34 comes to mind: “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” There’s a systemic problem when Jesus can’t be found in the span of thirty pages of a university claiming “Lutheran” as a core theme.*

My point is not to pick on any particular Concordia. My point is to emphasize the importance of electing people to our Synod boards and commissions who expect to find Jesus on every page. District Conventions begin in four months, and the National Convention the following year. Now is the time to be working on nominating solid Lutherans to fill positions in the Concordia University System and the University Boards of Regents. Our campuses need to be alive in Christ , in print and in practice. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us,   even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:4-7).

*The previous issue mentioned Jesus twice —once, to his credit, by the President of the University, and once in a blurb about a book written by an alumnus. Twelve months, sixty pages, Jesus twice.


Satan’s Angelic Disguises

  Posted:Sep 17, 2014 (Brothers of John the Steadfast)

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If you were to stop and consider the devil’s appearance for a moment, you might imagine something frightening.  He very well may show up in your mind’s eye complete with horns, hoofs, and pitchfork. Maybe you’d dream up something that looks like it came out of a horror movie.  The last thing we’d probably expect is for the devil to clothe himself in a godly appearance. But this is exactly how St. Paul describes him in 2 Corinthians 11:13.  He says Satan “disguises himself as an angel of light.”

This makes good sense.  The devil is crafty (Genesis 3:1). He certainly will not risk scaring off potential victims by breathing fire out of his mouth!  The evil one doesn’t show up with the overt appearance of evil.  Rather, he does his very best to give the impression of godliness.  Because of this, we need to remain vigilant against the devil’s attacks.  It’s not always easy to discern his work.  He loves to make sin look as beautiful as possible (Genesis 3:6).

There’s something of a corrective needed to the popular view of Satan today.  He will try first of all to convince people to deny his existence.  After all, there’s no need to be on guard against something that’s not real.  In the words of French poet Charles Baudelaire, “The greatest trick the devil ever played was convincing the world that he did not exist.”[1]  But if he can’t manage that, the next best thing is to get us to look for a devil that doesn’t resemble him at all.  In his preface to The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis wrote:

“Devils are depicted with bats’ wings and good angels with birds’ wings, not because anyone holds that moral deterioration would be likely to turn feathers into membrane, but because most men like birds better than bats.”

We know the devil is the enemy, and the pictures we paint of him (literally and in our imaginations) often follow suit.  If we are on guard against something that looks demonic, we are less likely to notice him if he comes disguised as an angel.  Satan wants us to associate him with scary, demonic-looking things.  In this way, we are so busy looking for a distortion, we risk missing the real thing.

Commenting on Satan’s angelic disguises, Luther said,

“For in his ministers the devil does not want to be deformed and black but beautiful and white.  To put on such an appearance he presents and adorns everything he says and does with the color of truth and with the name of God.  This is the source of that familiar German proverb: “All misfortune begins in the name of God.”[2]

If the devil seeks to present himself as an angel clad in white, it should come as no surprise that his servants often follow suit.  Our Lord describes false teachers as “wolves in sheep’s clothing,” (Matthew 7:15).  Like Satan, false Christianity seeks to make itself as attractive as possible.  False Christianity, which is permissive and encourages indulgence, is much more attractive than true Christianity, with its call to repent, self-denial, bearing of the cross, and suffering for the sake of the Gospel.  False Christianity is tolerant, inclusive, and popular.  To disguise itself, it dresses up in sheep’s clothing.  It will talk about believing the Bible, and probably put a good deal of emphasis on grace—so much so that you can do anything you want.  To the question, “Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?”  (Romans 6:1), false Christianity asserts, “Amen, this is most certainly true!”

True Christianity, on the other hand, is not attractive to the sinful flesh.  The righteous suffer in this life while the wicked prosper (see, for example, Psalm 6:2, 13:1—2, 35:17, 74:10, 82:2, 90:13, 94:3, 119:84).  In Luther’s day, as in our own, many faithful congregations and pastor struggle.  Luther said,

“In addition, no one provides for the preservation of the Gospel, and no one now will take any care for the support of ministers and the construction of schools.  For the construction and establishment of false forms of worship and superstition, by contrast, no price was too high; but everyone contributed generously… But nowadays an entire city thinks that it is too much to support one or two ministers of the Gospel.”[3]

False teachers show up in sheep’s clothing; they disguise themselves so as to not appear threatening.  There is often some truth to what they say, even if it is only half-true.  They will emphasize whatever truth is found in their message so as to gain a hearing, because nobody would follow something that was obviously false.  In the words of Luther,

“But in the spiritual area, where Satan emerges not black but white, in the guise of an angel or even of God Himself, there he puts himself forward with very sly pretense and amazing tricks.  He peddles his deadly poison as the doctrine of grace, the Word of God, and the Gospel of Christ.  This is why Paul calls the doctrine of the false apostles and ministers of Satan a “gospel,” saying, “to a different gospel,” (Gal 1:6).[4]

For all the threats to the church today, the greatest threat to the church comes from within, from what might seem like minor theological technicalities.  Any false teaching, no matter how small, perverts the whole of the Gospel.  As St. Paul says, “A little leaven leavens the whole lump,” (1 Corinthians 5:6).  In the book of Revelation, our Lord uses the image of a prostitute to depict false Christianity.  Outwardly, she appears beautiful, adorned with things that attract.  She is arrayed in purple and scarlet, adorned with gold and jewels and pearls, and has in her hands a beautiful golden chalice (Revelation 17:4).  She uses these things to seduce, to entice us into her trap.  When we finally get close enough to look into her chalice, at first it appears to be filled with a deep, red wine.  But by the time we realize that what she has become drunk on is not wine, but the blood of the saints (Revelation 17:6), it’s already too late.

It is for this reason that St. Paul urges the Church to “watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine you have been taught,” (Romans 16:17).  No matter how godly someone may appear, even if St. Paul came back from the dead or an angel came down from heaven and preached to you, if their doctrine is contrary to the Gospel, “let him be accursed,” (Galatians 1:8).

So, how can we guard against the devil’s attacks?  The devil has an unlimited number of disguises in his wardrobe.  Neither should our desire to grow in God’s Word have any limit.  Whether Satan shows up as an angel of light or darkness, the Gospel will always expose him for the liar and the murderer that he is (John 8:44).  The pure Word of God will always chase him away (Matthew 4:11).  As we sing in “A Mighty Fortress”, “One little word can fell him,” (LSB, 656, verse 3).  And indeed, he’s judged, the deed is done.  Our victory has been won! Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:57)!



[2] Luther’s Works (AE).  Lectures on Galatians (1535).  Chapters 1—4 .  St. Louis: CPH, 1963 (50).

[3] Ibid., 105.

[4] Ibid., 49.


The Culture Nazis Strike in California - Creedal Christians must be liquidated from Public Universities.

  Posted:Sep 17, 2014 By Matt Harrison (Mercy Journeys with Pastor Harrison)

Why Christians Must Repair Religious Liberty
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sweet and lovely Mary Hatch was a vandal. 
In the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Mary (Donna Reed) and George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) walk by the deserted and dilapidated house that will eventually be their home. The story went that if you threw a rock and hit one of the remaining windows, your wish would come true. Mary picks up a rock, hurls it, and— smash —happy day.
The broken window theory, as  Richard Cohen explained a recent op-ed , comes from  James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling  who observed, “if a window in a building is broken and is left unrepaired, all the rest of the windows will soon be broken. This is as true in nice neighborhoods as in rundown ones. Window-breaking does not necessarily occur on a large scale because some areas are inhabited by determined window-breakers whereas others are populated by window-lovers; rather, one unrepaired broken window is a signal that no one cares, and so breaking more windows costs nothing.” 
Thus if we ignore small problems such as broken windows, we will soon face much bigger problems. Wilson and Kelling applied it to criminal behavior, Cohen to foreign policy. It also applies to religious liberty.
Last week, the California State University system announced that InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, for years a campus staple, has been “derecognized” on all twenty-three campuses. While they didn’t ban the student-led Christian ministry, InterVarsity will no longer be an official student organization meaning no free meeting space, no access to students through student activity channels, and diminished standing on campuses.
InterVarsity, a Christian group, committed the unforgivable sin. It requires its leaders to be practicing Christians who affirm a statement of faith and live according to the Scriptures.
As Ed Seltzer notes in  Christianity Today , “Following the same logic, any group that insists on requiring its leaders to follow an agreed upon set of guiding beliefs is no longer kosher (irony intended) at California’s state universities. This will impact many other faith-based organizations with actual, well, faith-based beliefs.”
And Cal State isn’t alone. Vanderbilt University and Bowdoin College have also “derecognized” organizations that require actual beliefs. It all began when University of California’s Hastings College of Law refused to recognize Christian Legal Society,  a case that went to the U. S. Supreme Court
As Tish Harrison Warren, former InterVarsity staff at Vanderbilt  wrote , “Like most campus groups, InterVarsity welcomes anyone as a member. But it asks key student leaders—the executive council and small group leaders—to affirm its doctrinal statement, which outlines broad Christian orthodoxy and does not mention sexual conduct specifically. But the university saw belief statements themselves as suspect.” Ditto for Hastings, Bowdoin, and California State. 
Which leads me to three observations. 
First, it’s not about faith. It’s about sex. Tish Warren goes on, “Any belief—particularly those about the authority of Scripture or the church—could potentially constrain sexual activity or identity. So what began as a concern about sexuality and pluralism quickly became a conversation about whether robustly religious communities would be allowed on campus.”
Second, the schools are practicing self-deception at its worst. Rather than saying, “Christians and others with creeds and traditional ideas about sexual morality are not welcome,” they manufacture verbiage about “fairness,” “diversity,” and “equality” coupled with actions designed to bring about injustice, uniformity, and discrimination. As New York Times columnist  Ross Douthat wrote recently , “I can live with progressivism. It’s the lying that gets toxic.” 
Third, we need to do something about these broken windows. Note that it began with one school (Hastings) and with the Supreme Court’s blessing spread to two more (Vanderbilt and Bowdoin), and then to the whole California State system. Does anyone imagine that if there are no consequences, it will end here? Or that what started in higher education won’t spread across society?
Repairing the windows will take people who are willing to speak out. 
Colleges and universities fear bad publicity. Give it to them in abundance. 
Schools rely on friendly, generous alumni and, as the old saying goes, the one who pays the fiddler calls the tunes. If you’re concerned about religious liberty at your college, tell the people with the real power; tell the development office or (at big schools) the athletic director. 
And while most faculty just want to research and teach, no administrators wants to face tenured faculty and department heads publicly pointing out their foolishness and hypocrisy.
When George and Mary Bailey repaired the windows of the old house, no one ever threw a rock at them for luck again. These broken windows can also be fixed. 


More alike than we knew. . .

  Posted:Sep 17, 2014 By Pastor Peters (Pastoral Meanderings)
Contrary to Protestant imagination, the usual mass familiar to most Roman Catholics prior to Vatican II was not the high mass with deacon, sub-deacon, and choir but the low mass with spoken liturgy and a priest assisted by a single boy server.  It would take about 45 minutes (not counting the sermon) and the congregation might have knelt for most of the liturgy.  The homily may have been the only part in the vernacular.  The congregation's participation was mainly through interior prayer and the actual reception of communion.  In some places organ music and a few popular hymns might have been included.

The ritual of the low mass was largely limited to the part of the priest.  The low mass was mostly restrained in character and the expression of the people focused more upon the rituals apart from the actual mass itself -- namely upon the Rosary.  Extra services such as the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament or the Stations of the Cross were often a strong focus of their piety.  The character of the low mass was more penitential than celebratory -- much more than is usual today.  The priest spoke into the silence in generally muted and deliberate tones.  This is certainly a far cry from the more folksy style of many masses after the reforms that came in the wake of Vatican II.

In other words, the liturgical setting of a typical Roman Catholic parish prior to Vatican II did not look all that much different from a typical Lutheran parish of the same era (if you closed your ears to the obvious difference in language).  The mood among Lutherans was similarly somber, the focus penitential, and the attitude of the Divine Service reverential.  There was little ad lib insertion of commentary or even the pastor's personality into the service.  The pastor, for his part, led the worship without revealing much of himself (except perhaps during the sermon).  So there was much that Roman Catholics and Lutherans had in common on Sunday morning.

In the same way, in the post-Vatican II reform of the mass and Lutheran liturgical experimentation and change of the Divine Service, we moved in parallel fashion.  For both of us the service was shifted in tone from the reverential and penitential character that once dominated it to the more folksy, personal, and casual style of the present age -- so much so that for Roman Catholics and Lutherans alike the parishes that mirror the earlier setting of the mass or Divine Service stick out as being exceptions rather than the norm.

Nowhere is this more true than the stereotypes.  Lutheran people complain about chanting as being too C atholic when Roman Catholics have for generation after generation seen chanting as exceptional rather than ordinary.  Lutheran folks assume that Rome is still the same stalwart home of highly stylized ritual in which the distance between priest and people predominates when Roman Catholics have been subjected to every kind of pastoral hijacking of the liturgy that Lutherans also have suffered since the early 1970s.  The strange reality is that the Lutherans who complain about liturgy being taken too seriously and who desire a more folksy kind of Divine Service are more in step with the typical Roman parish today than those who are generally accused of being pseudo-Catholics!!  Even incense has largely disappeared from the ordinary church life of a Roman Catholic so that they find it just as strange as Lutherans!!  The more we try to be different, the more like Rome we became -- and not in a good way!!

Not something to be admired or protected but lived. . .

  Posted:Sep 17, 2014 By Pastor Peters (Pastoral Meanderings)
Sermon for Holy Cross Day, preached on Sunday, September 14, 2014.

    Like other women of her age, my mom picked out a pattern of fine china when she married my father.  It is very thin and fragile.  While growing up we were cautioned about horsing around in the dining room – you know, the museum room of many homes where you look at the fine china you never eat on.  At some point in time, my mom decided her fine china was too precious NOT to use.  I could not tell you when but it began showing up on the table and the dining room was used.
    As Christians we are gravely tempted to think of the faith and the Gospel as a treasure like precious china – too precious to be used and so they end up being guarded or admired.  Indeed the origin of Holy Cross Day was when Constantine's mother thought she had found part of Jesus’ cross and it became a relic to be admired and preserved.  But we are not protectors of the faith or the cross.  God does not need us to protect Him.  God called us to proclaim the cross and to boldly speak His gospel before the world.
    Ours is not the charge to guard the faith as if it were some inaccessible treasure but to use it, to raise up the cross before the world, to proclaim the message of the cross for the saving of many, and to live out this faith by taking up our cross and carrying it out in the high and holy calling of daily life.  We are not curators of some museum or the security guards of some treasure.   No, the cross is too precious to be hidden away.  It is given to us to believe, to live, and to proclaim.
    Once the cross lifted Christ.  Were it not for the cross, Jesus would be indistinguishable from the hoards of rabbis and teachers who said this is I think the Scripture means.  But the whole focus of Jesus' ministry was the cross.  The hour had come – Jesus did not run from, attempt to escape from, or deny the cross.  It is for this reason He was born.  So in the Gospel for today we saw Him embrace the cross and His saving destiny as Redeemer of you, me and the world.
    The cross is not where we admire Jesus but where we meet the judgment of God.  The judgment of God on the world is not what we expect – not condemnation but mercy.  The cross is what reveals this.  In the face of God's Son in suffering and in His outstretched arms on the cross is written mercy, forgiveness, and hope.  This cross is then the very means through which the Lord draws all people unto Himself.  It is through the cross He reveals Himself as the Savior who has come for sinners, the sacrificial victim who pays for their sin, and the One whose death gives birth to life.
    The cross lifted Christ for the world to see the judgment of God in mercy upon the sinner.  Now the Church lifts the cross before the world so that Christ may continue to draw sinners to Himself and make know the glory of His mercy.  This is our hour.  We cannot shrink from the call to raise up the cross and boldly speak this Gospel.  This is our hour, not to hide away the cross as a relic but to confront the world with the preaching of Christ crucified where forgiveness, life and salvation are to be found.
    The world has already been judged in Christ, the sins of all the world have been paid in full by the blood of Christ.  But who will know God’s rescue or the verdict against sin born of Christ’s blood?  The cross must be lifted up, carried in faith, for us who are being saved and for those who do not yet know and rejoice in what Christ has done.  The only way the world will be rescued, the sinner redeemed, the dead find life, and despairing find hope is through the proclamation of the cross.  There is no other way that any will be saved except through Jesus Christ and Him crucified. 
    Churches and Christians are known for many things by the world around us.  Are we known as the people who speak Christ crucified and as the Church where the Gospel is proclaimed in all its truth and purity?  We do not have the luxury of pursuing other agendas or talking about things other than sin and redemption.  The Church is the means through which Christ will be proclaimed and His Gospel raised up.  God has determined to work through the Church.
    The world does not know what it wants or needs.  The world would never come to know that it needs the cross, grace, and mercy except God tell them.  So then it is by preaching God's Word, proclaiming the Law and the Gospel, that sinners are awakened to their hopeless condition and directed to the one place where hope is found.  We are in possession of the greatest treasure on earth – one that does what it says and delivers what it promises – grace and mercy!
    The world does not know what it needs or wants but every thing the world needs is found in Christ.  This Jesus whom we proclaim is the Christ of the cross.  This is not legend or myth or even pious hope.  It is, as St. Paul insists, the power of God to salvation for all who believe.
    We Christians sometimes think of the Gospel as fine china - for special occasions, too precious to be used, a treasure to be guarded.  But God has given us this treasure precisely so that we may use it, lift the cross high, and speak the living voice of His Word in our daily vocations of husband to wife, wife to husband, parent to child, child to parent, neighbor, co-worker, and even to the stranger on the corner.
    Holy Cross Day began when St. Helena, mother of Constantine, raised a pagan temple so that the Church of the Holy Sepulcher might be built.   They thought they found Jesus' cross on and this was treated as a relic to be guarded.  The true meaning of the Holy Cross is not found in a relic to be guarded.  The true meaning of the Holy Cross lies in the Gospel proclaimed, the Sacraments administered, and people who by the Holy Spirit believe it’s promise.  God has planted this cross in the water that cleans us and clothes us with Christ’s righteousness, in the living voice of absolution that reclaims us from temptation and sin, in the bread and wine that feeds the dying with the bread of life.  We are those who know the glorious gift that the preaching of this cross has given.  But there are many more who have not heard.  So we believe for ourselves and proclaim and live this Gospel for the sake of those for whom Christ also died.  In this way the cross is exalted just as God intended.  May the cross be lifted high and may it be raised in word and action by us, the baptized who have been born anew by its power and gift.  Amen.

ACELC — If Not Now, When? — DVD now available

  Posted:Sep 17, 2014 (Brothers of John the Steadfast)

He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it. Titus 1:9

It has only been a short time since the release of the ACELC Film Project , “If Not Now, When?” but in that time the response has been overwhelming. The most common response has been one of gratitude, thanking us for addressing the topics honestly and head on. We have received comments ranging from, “The divisions among us are real, here is an example…” to “I had no idea things were this bad…” to “You have given us a good introduction to the issues, but we need more…”

The segment of the film that has generated the most discussion seems to be the topic of unionism and syncretism. Since the tragic events of 9/11 and the Yankee Stadium interfaith worship service that followed, our church body has been divided. To have the issues clearly defined and to see with your own eyes what actually happened during the worship service prompted one viewer to respond, “This is the best treatment of the Yankee Stadium issue I have seen, bar none.”

I am happy to announce that “If Not Now, When” is now available in DVD format. It will continue to be available free of charge on YouTube , but the DVD format will allow greater flexibility for viewing and teaching purposes. Individual “chapters” of the film will be able to be viewed, studied and discussed one at a time, and the DVDs are a great way to introduce people to a serious discussion of the issues that are causing division among us.

Remember, several study guides are already available on the ACELC website with more in the works. If you haven’t already done so, please take some time to view the film  (on YouTube). After you watch it we would love to hear your reactions and responses.

If you like what you see, want to own your own copy, or would like to give copies to your friends, you may purchase from one to ten DVDs right from our website (one DVD is $5.00, and ten are only $27.00), or if you want more than ten copies, you may contact us for bulk pricing . If I may brag, the quality of the DVD packaging and the DVD itself is absolutely stunning. Pastor Perry Copus has done a masterful job in the planning, filming, production and layout of this project.

May God continue to bless us as we seek true unity in our midst, under the live giving, life changing Word of God.

In Christ,
Rev. Clint K. Poppe
Chairman, ACELC


2. The Smalcald Articles: History and Preface – Pr. Paul McCain, 9/16/14

  Posted:Sep 16, 2014 By Issues Etc. (Issues Etc)

Pastor Paul McCain of Concordia Publishing House

Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions
The Online Book of Concord

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1. Galatians, Part 2 – Dr. Andrew Das, 9/16/14

  Posted:Sep 16, 2014 By Issues Etc. (Issues Etc)
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Show #309: Service to Insomniacs

  Posted:Sep 16, 2014 By Table Talk Radio (Table Talk Radio)

After taking some time to answer emails and playing a little church sign and bumper sticker theology, then Pastor Wolfmueller takes a swing at “Name that Game.”

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Show #308: Comfort the Dog, Kick the Child

  Posted:Sep 16, 2014 By Table Talk Radio (Table Talk Radio)

Making the distinction between the false teacher and the falsely taught, we play Kick the Dog, Comfort the Child. Pastor Wolfmueller tries to discern a theologian and then we finish up by playing Bumper Sticker and Church Sign Theology.

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