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Good quote.  Matthew 18 is that inside-out logic.  If you have BEEN offended, you are to initiate reconciliation.  What?  Why? 
a) In the Bible, directly from Jesus
b) Guess what - it works best.

Dave Benke

And Matthew 5:23-24 reminds us to seek reconciliation when we have caused offense.
Katie Abercrombie
Quote from: DCharlton on August 15, 2011, 06:07:23 PM
One inaccuracy to expect in the ELCA Press Releases: 

They will talk of the convention being in Orlando, Florida.  In my opinion (as a native) the meeting is really in Kissimmee, the erstwhile "Cow Capitol of Florida" and home of the Silver Spurs Rodeo.   ;D

We attended the Rodeo this year.  Great fun!
Katie Abercrombie
Your Turn / Re: Bachmann leaves WELS
July 22, 2011, 02:11:50 PM
Quote from: WJV on July 22, 2011, 01:56:01 PM

That's good. Bob the Angry Flower is somewhat more succinct:

Oh, I like that one too.  Would suit me when I am feeling crabby while grading papers.....  People really can't write anymore.
Your Turn / Re: Bachmann leaves WELS
July 22, 2011, 01:36:53 PM
Quote from: Ken Kimball on December 20, 2010, 07:03:54 PM
P.S.  And it's not just "Nyaah.  We told you so."  We begged.  We implored.  We pleaded (along with the African Lutheran churches and African immigrant congregations and Hispanic pastors and congregations et al).  In print.  On the internet.  On the floors of synod assemblies and CWA's and conversations everywhere.  We made clear that it was a line that if crossed would provoke a confessional crisis and confessional resistance and even withdrawal.  It was our church too.  We cared about the ELCA.  If we didn't we would not have spoken up.  We would not have spent time and treasure and talent.  And yeah, I know that those who advocated for change did the same thing.  I can respect that even while I grieve.   But it is precisely the effort to downplay and diminish the very real cost and turmoil provoked by the 2009 CWA (and subsequent actions) that is irksome--and therefore I find Pr. Christ's biting response to be apt.   

Thank you.  That was very well put. 
Forum Blogs / Re: Oh, if only . . .
December 14, 2010, 09:49:20 PM
I hope we will get to see a video!
Your Turn / Re: Pretty Good Lutherans Site No More
November 20, 2010, 11:51:20 PM
Quote from: Charles_Austin on November 20, 2010, 10:56:04 PM
BTW Op-ed writers are allowed to have bias and opinion. It's what papers hire them for. I've written a couple dozen op-ed pieces in retirement and they get printed because they - sometimes strongly - express an opinion or have a viewpoint. Got one coming up on airport security and the "pat-down".

I hope you will provide us with a link to the essay.
Your Turn / Re: Halloween: Evil or harmless?
October 21, 2010, 09:22:30 PM
Quote from: Kim Schave on October 20, 2010, 08:17:22 AM
I'm the #2 evil!  I was picking up my daughter's harmless little super-heroine costume at a party store the other day, and for the first time in a while I deeply reflected on the decorations for sale.  Bloody, gory monsters, disgusting skeletons, satanic-looking demons hanging on the walls, grave markers.  It really did cause me to stop and think about how much we celebrate the icons of evil.  I have several Facebook friends who have been discussing how this is their favorite holiday . . . they love to go all out with decorating and scare people, etc.  I finally realized that buying funny little grave markers is really no laughing matter to someone who has had to pick a real one out for infants at the ripe age of 26; I have no idea why it took me just until this year to feel this way.  ???  And seriously, who wants to see their kids in a Freddy and Jason costume?  "Oh, just look at my little ax murderer, isn't he just so cute?"  Apparently lots of people in my neck of the woods.  Ewwwww . . .

I chose "harmless" but I agree with you on much of what you are saying.  We were in one of the local "Halloween" stores recently and there was not much there that was what I love about Halloween - funny costumes, fake scary stuff.  I had to leave because I was so bothered by the scary baby characters -  babies with fangs, blood dripping from their mouths.  I just can't stomach that stuff!  What a shame to ruin what used to be a cute holiday with that stuff.

I think I could have voted "both."
Your Turn / Re: Halloween: Evil or harmless?
October 21, 2010, 09:13:27 PM
Quote from: Rev. Matthew J. Uttenreither on October 21, 2010, 08:26:22 PM
I have no real opinion on Harry Potter.  My wife and eldest boy (10) love it.  I got bored with it (enjoy the movies though).  After I'm done with Twilight (talk about tedious), I will try young Mr. Potter again.  My boy absolutely loves it.  For his birthday, I got him the Wii Harry Potter lego game.  For Christmas he wants the Harry Potter lego train set.  So for him, I will try the books again as he absolutely loves it.  My wife said the story got better the further you got, but she also said the same thing about Twilight.

I have read the whole series.  The first one (or two) read like a kids' book, but that was ok because my kids were younger and we were reading it aloud together.  The other ones got better and better, but I would not recommend the later ones for younger kids because they got rather dark.  I like them quite well, but I have not been able to bring myself to read the Twilight Series...not into vampires, I guess.
Your Turn / Re: White NO POWER, unite?
October 08, 2010, 02:29:11 PM
Quote from: Larry Smith on October 08, 2010, 12:29:45 AM

When I first arrived in Newberry, we drove past a laundromat that had a big "Whites Only" sign on the front window.  I asked where they washed their jeans, and they branded me a troublemaker.

Thank you for the laugh!
Your Turn / Re: 9/11 - Nine Years Later
September 11, 2010, 11:31:09 PM
I have read some comments about this church having trouble getting permission to rebuild.  What's the real story on that?
Quote from: jpetty on September 10, 2010, 10:35:40 PM
I'm trying to think of a Republican who acts like a Democrat.  Nope, can't think of any.

Charlie Crist, FL

Oops, now he's neither!
Your Turn / Re: Anyone else read Bishop Barbie?
September 06, 2010, 09:18:26 PM
Quote from: Rev. J. Thomas Shelley, STS on September 05, 2010, 08:30:24 PM
Quote from: Keith Falk on September 05, 2010, 04:38:42 PM
She has a Facebook page... and a delightful blog.


So, if you like this blog and FB page, you might also enjoy these:

I have been reading these Liturgical Mysteries on my Kindle - very rarely do I find books that make me laugh out loud.  These do, particularly lines like this:

‎"Where are we going?" I asked Pedro, not really caring.

"A new dive just opened up across from St. Gertrude's. It sounds like
our kind of place. Good looking beer-frauleins in tight shirts, lots
of German brews, and Baroque organ music from a three-manual Flentrop
...with a sixteen-foot heckelphone you can really hang your hat on."

"Sounds sweet," I agreed, suddenly interested. "What's this place called?"


And these books provide many opportunities for us to laugh at ourselves....

Was the quota system a new thing or a carryover from one of the previous Lutheran bodies?
Quote from: Charles_Austin on July 29, 2010, 09:45:53 AM
It is asked: Why do cats always seem to be infatuated with people who do not like them? 

I posit:
Maybe two reasons.
1. They want to be liked and get snuggly with those who don't like them, sort of kitty evangelism.
2. The know how to annoy people and enjoy doing so.

Maggie, Mitsy and Molly from the Abercrombie household vote for reason number two!   :)

Molly, our calico kitty, likes to hang out in our driveway and greet people.  Her number one favorite method to annoy her hapless owners is to carefully watch the garage door as it is closing and run under it at the last possible minute, making the garage door go back up.  Usually we are already in the house not watching to see that the door closes properly.  Hours later, usually ten at night we go out to the garage to find the door open....wondering who or what got in while we were unaware!  She also likes to do it as we are leaving the house so that the door is open while we are away.  I have sat in the car watching to see that the door closes and she clearly thinks about what she is doing.  Cats only pretend to be dumb.

As for dogs, Australian Shepherds....can't be beat!  We embarked on a new adventure this year by adopting a deaf double merle Aussie - she is almost completely white!  (Never fall for the "rare white Australian Shepherd" line - they are a result of improper breeding and, while they are pretty, they usually have hearing and/or vision issues!)
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