1968: Mama Tried


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On this day, May 9, Merle Haggard and the Strangers recorded Merle’s iconic song “Mama Tried” at the Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood. This song is rich with moral meaning, without at all sounding preachy.

May 9, 2018

The Gifts and Calling of “Beloved Enemies”


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Today’s Treasury of Daily Prayer New Testament reading includes two verses that defy several fashionable categories. Romans 11:28-29: “As concerning the gospel, [the Jews] are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes. For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.”

January 23, 2018

Defy Satan


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Sometimes, when you see so much suffering all around you, you need to defy the Devil. This can be done through singing hymns.

July 29, 2013

When “Culture” Norms the Church


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The so-called Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, a denomination created in 1988 through the merger of three groups whose common conviction was that the Bible isn’t always reliable, has been hell-bent on affirming sodomy for over a decade.  The propaganda campaign from the home office began with Bible-class materials disseminated to the congregations, which explained […]

June 14, 2013

Affirmations of Ignorance: SBC, LCMS


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In “conservative” American denominational polity, why are anti-traditionalists loath to separate from traditionalists? Why not secede, so as to lay aside the weight of the “anti-missional” doctrine-obsessed curmudgeons?

June 11, 2013

Diversity: Guaranteed to Offend


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I was thinking about blogging, or my hitherto lack thereof.  I write, enjoy it, some folks enjoy reading it.  So why haven’t I blogged before?  Lack of time, a job in which I edit and write already, lack of time—these things came to mind.  But if I’m being honest, I’ll probably say that it’s a […]

May 9, 2013