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Just the Latest Idolatry In a Church

The National Cathedral, which is nominally Episcopalian but has advertised itself as a “ministry for people of all faiths and perspectives,” hosted a Muslim prayer service on Friday.

One doesn’t get a much more blatant example of idolatry than this; maybe if one gives the “all-gods-are-the-same” argument. It would be interesting to see if the Muslims bought that argument or whether they saw this service as an act of quiet conquest. If Christians worshiped Christ in a mosque and lived to tell about it, that would be quite the moral victory, would it not?

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7th Annual Conference on the Augsburg Confession

Every year, previously in June and now near Reformation Day, Gethsemane Lutheran Church of Marion, OH, hosts a Conference on the Augsburg Confession. I had visited such conference three years ago, and I was fortunate enough to be able to go again. I could only attend on Saturday.

After Divine Service, the Rev. Dr. Roland Ziegler gave discussed how the word “doctrine” and “doctrines” were used in the Book of Concord. Summarizing some of his points:

  • Doctrine in the BoC is not just something memorized only to be forgotten later as in a school course, but it is connected to something that is done.
  • Doctrine is first what God says and then what we do; what we do doesn’t make us Christians.
  • People can use their sinful knowledge of proper doctrine to club people; instead people should be back into the fold gently and pastorally.
  • Zeal for proper doctrine, done correctly, is a good thing. The name of the Lord is used to cover up and give credence to all sorts of false teaching. We don’t like it when we are misquoted in a publication; we shouldn’t accept when God is misquoted or his words misused.
  • The fight for pure doctrine is simply to let God be God and teach what God says.
  • Doctrine in the BoC is often referred to as unified, a whole, a total of what God says. The articles of the doctrine are all interconnected, like joints in a finger: the Sacraments are the Gospel, justification is the Gospel, etc.
  • We have difficulties talking about the Devil. Modern depictions have individual people defeating the supernatural with a magic spell or a mystic weapon. God is not involved, nor is redemption in Christ. The Word of God doesn’t translate well to Hollywood. We are in a struggle with real spiritual forces of evil, and we must not become complacent.
  • The Reformers understood that false doctrine comes because we neglect the Word of God. Nobody is immune to neglecting. We have to compare what we think against the Scriptures, letting them rule. We are in church to hear what God has to say.
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    Fellowship of Christian Athletes Offers Services at Arrowhead

    Starting today, October 26, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes will hold nondenominational church services in the East Pavilion of Arrowhead stadium, according to a press release at kcchiefs.com. The five services, one for each home game, feature different speakers:

    Oct. 26 – Mike DeVito, Chiefs Defensive Lineman
    Nov. 2 – Carey Casey, CEO of the National Center for Fathering
    Nov. 16 – Dan Meers, “KC Wolf”
    Dec. 14 – Joe White, CEO at Kanakuk Ministries and nationally renowned speaker and author
    Dec. 28 – Christian Newsome, Pastor at Journey Church International

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    Should Pete Rose Be “Freed”?

    I am curious whether Pete Rose knew his betting violation would solicit a lifetime ban, or was it just up to Bart Giamatti to bring the hammer. That said, Pete was denying that he did it for years, then he came out and confessed, rather than just admitting it right away.

    If Pete gets “freed” then his endorsement potential should increase, but I’m not sure how much because most people have forgotten. There are players on the Royals who weren’t alive in 1985. I barely remember, and I’m no spring chicken.

    I don’t know if he has suffered enough. Maybe he finally has. I’m not even sure he can sell Grecian Formula any more.

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    A Yoga Class

    Wednesday evening I participated in a “core and hips” yoga class. Tendinitis in my heel has kept me from running recently, and I wanted to do something besides sit-ups. A local place had a 10 visits-for-$10 special, and while I won’t be able to do the other 9 visits, an hour and a half for $10 isn’t a bad deal.

    The older gentlemen led the three of us co-workers in floor exercise. He babied me a little bit because of my heel, offering a ton of modifications. I told him that I didn’t have any self-esteem issues or a fear of failure; this was my first yoga class in years if at all.

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    Hotel Report: Residence Inn, Grand Junction

    With the Company moving from their favorite hotel from Hilton to Marriott this year, I thought I would try some of the Marriott properties such as the Residence Inn in Grand Junction, CO. The Residence Inn properties are extended stay, so they bear comparison with Candlewood Suites from Holiday Inn/IHG.

    The room had good space, with a serving area setting off the kitchen. The ceiling seemed a bit thin, as I could frequently hear movement in the hotel room above me.

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