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What Is the State? – Dr. Hermann Sasse

June 27, 2015 1 comment

Excerpt:

The Caesar cult in its manifold forms, the deification of the state, is one great form of the defection from the [true] idea of the state. There are also other possibilities of such defection. The government can forget and neglect its tasks. When it no longer distinguishes between right and wrong, when its courts are no longer governed by the strict desire for justice, but by special interests, when government no longer has the courage to exercise its law, fails to exercise its duties, undermines its own legal order, when it weakens through its family law parental authority and the estate of marriage, then it ceases to be governing authority.

Raising such a question can lead to heavy conflicts of conscience. But it is fundamentally conceivable, and it has time and again become reality in history, that a governing authority has ceased to be governing authority. In such a case there may indeed exist a submission to a superior power [God]. But the duty of obedience against this [state] power no longer exists.

[Quoted by Pres. Matthew Harrison, Synod president responds to SCOTUS same-sex marriage ruling]

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If Not Now, When? (2 Part Video)

August 28, 2014 Leave a comment

The ACELC

Part 1:

Part 2:

Rearing Daughters – Adriane Dorr

June 20, 2013 Leave a comment
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I’m a Lifelong Lutheran, But … – Pr Todd Wilken – Issues Etc Classics

March 24, 2013 Leave a comment

Pastor Wilken discusses Lutherans who want to deviate from the Book of Concord and asks for a little honesty. (mp3,  46:00, 10.5 MB, 11/11/2003)

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Broken by Pr Jonathan Fisk

December 11, 2012 Leave a comment

Cancel Your Short-Term Mission Trip

July 5, 2012 Leave a comment

Some very good advice by Pastor Larry Peters.

Excerpts:

Those who are familiar with this blog know my concern for short term mission trips (as one friend calls them, missacations).  I know that many argue with me and complain that I do not know what I am talking about since I have never gone on one.  On the other hand, I have heard and heeded the wise words of folks from Lutheran World Relief and career missionaries whose lives are fully invested in the mission field and they warn of the dubious value of mission trips as costly and resource consuming personal growth exercises.  I do not intend to repeat what I have already said on the subject.  But there are others whose voices have raised similar concerns and who have come to similar conclusions.

Read some statistics from Robert Lupton’s book, Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (And How to Reverse It):

  • Africa has received $1 trillion in benevolent aid in the last 50 years, and per capita income is now lower, life expectancy has stagnated, and adult literacy is lower.
  • 85 percent of aid money flowing to African countries never reaches the targeted areas of need.
  • U.S. missions teams who rushed to Honduras to help rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Mitch spent on average $30,000 per home—homes locals could have built for $3,000 each.
  • The money spent by one campus ministry to cover the costs of their Central American missions trip to repaint an orphanage would have been enough to hire two local painters and two new full-time teachers and purchase new uniforms for every student in the school.
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Advice to Unattached Girls

June 23, 2012 Leave a comment

HT: Pastor Peters on Pastoral Meanderings

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