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Messages - Mike in Pennsylvania

Your Turn / Re: Seminex Remembered
June 08, 2024, 01:21:03 PM
I think Mr. Mundinger is confusing what the ELCA threatened to do to pastors who left for the NALC or LCMC with what he thinks the LCMS did in Seminex days.
Your Turn / Re: White Privilege and Caitlin Clark
June 03, 2024, 12:46:05 PM
Back in the '80's there was some criticism of the Boston Celtics for having three white starters.  To which Charles Barkley replied, "Who wouldn't want to have Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Danny Ainge on their team?"
Your Turn / Re: Women in Ministry
May 08, 2024, 08:03:28 PM
Quote from: Donald_Kirchner on May 08, 2024, 06:06:50 PM
Quote from: Charles Austin on May 08, 2024, 05:41:02 PMI encountered in a church of some size in Minnesota a service where the pastor presided at the altar, and then went and sat down as lay people distributed the sacrament. That was just weird. Did not return to that church.


Sounds like Disciples of Christ practice.  OTOH, some 30 years ago when I had a broken leg I consecrated the elements and let the lay people distribute, since it ain't too easy to do on crutches.
At my first NALC national Convocation, I was confused.  I had spent years attending LCA and ELCA synod conventions and assemblies, sitting in the back and making snarky comments about the proceedings.  In the NALC there was nothing to snark about!
Your Turn / Re: 2024 Call Days
April 24, 2024, 04:49:20 PM
Like Will Weedon, I was born and raised in suburban DC, Montgomery County.  I went to college and seminary in the Boston area.  My first call was to Elk County, PA, population 37K, more trees and deer than people.  The Holy Spirit has a sense of humor but he knew what he was doing.  I have spent almost all my ministry in small towns and rural settings, and enjoying it! 
The alabaster cities are a dream that is seen beyond the years, in other words, a hoped for vision of the future, of what America could be, by God's grace.  They are not a description of the here and now.
Quote from: Weedon on April 06, 2024, 05:44:37 PMOn the language of the KJV being a barrier, I think that's more a matter of "reading" than of "hearing." Hearing it, it is remarkably understandable even today. I love Christopher Glynn's reading of it on Audible and have listened to it from start to finish a number of times.

Shakespeare's the same way.  Difficult to read, but very understandable when performed.  Of course KJV and old Will are the same time period.
I marked ESV and NIV because they're what I use the most, especially for sermon preparation and study.  But for personal use, I like a variety.  My wife and I make a practice of every six months switching to a different translation for our daily devotions.  We just started using the KJV, which I haven't read much for years!  Before that we were using the Jewish Bible, translated by a Messianic Jew.  And I'm personally fond of the original Jerusalem Bible, not so much the NJB.
Dan, the harp business comes from Revelation 15:2.
Your Turn / Re: St. Matthew’s Passion in English
March 18, 2024, 08:10:52 AM
In a former parish I had a member who was married to a Catholic.  One week they would come to our service, the next they went to Mass.  She told me that her husband's new priest was a closet Lutheran.  How did you know, I asked?  She said, he makes us sing all the verses of the hymns.  :D
Your Turn / Re: St. Matthew’s Passion in English
March 17, 2024, 04:18:32 PM
Some years ago I had a phonograph recording of the Passion in English, with Leonard Bernstein conducting.  It was an abbreviated version, running about half the length of the full German score.  But it was how I grew to love the piece.
Your Turn / Re: Lutheranism in Canada
March 16, 2024, 10:34:10 AM
I'm surprised no one has mentioned Mark Granquist's Lutherans in America.
He deals with Canada as well as the United States.
Your Turn / Re: Forum Identity
March 15, 2024, 02:19:25 PM
It's been my experience that the persons with the more deplorable behavior on this forum are not the anonymous or pseudonymous ones.
Your Turn / Re: Why are we here?
March 07, 2024, 04:29:03 PM
1.  I am here because over the years I have learned a good deal about different perspectives on Lutheranism (and other parts of Christendom) and some insights I had never gained or heard before.

2. I am here because I'm not aware of any other equivalent place this can be accomplished.  Though like many others I can do without the snark and invective some feel compelled to engage in.
Your Turn / Re: Who Does More Blocking?
February 29, 2024, 04:07:00 PM
I have blocked both ELCA and LCMS participants, mostly because I found them obnoxious.  Not saying who.  Some of them don't post anymore anyway.  But where does that leave me in Brian's poll?
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