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#1
Your Turn / Re: Concordia - Ann Arbor and Wisconsin
June 18, 2024, 02:13:21 PM
I don't know if that figure is untrue, but the critical, dire, catastrophic, irreconcilable financial crisis and the complete inability to access endowment funds to help cover a $2.5 million, not $5 million, deficit doesn't appear to be the case. The health of AA seems to be overlooked.

Things I gathered from the Lead Time podcast:

1. AA is/was an asset to Mequon, not a partner with them. Now is the time for that asset to be leveraged into cash to make Mequon sustainable.

2. The current CUWAA administration would not have done the merger and are now trying to get out of it in a way that is advantageous for Mequon.

3. Is it the goal of some within the synod to create a Lutheran Hillsdale? That's not necessarily a bad goal, but nothing is built in a day. If that is a goal, is it to make an existing Concordia the Lutheran Hillsdale? Is it the goal to make Luther Classical College in Wyoming the Lutheran Hillsdale? Cutting loose another Concordia and getting whatever assets from it would go a long way toward funding any Hillsdale-like pursuit.

4. In the meetings since the news broke of Mequon's plans for Ann Arbor, some data has been used and some data has not.

5. Lutheran identity was never really an issue.

6. Why does this have to happen, not just now, but NOW!!!!! 

This all smells fishy, which is appropriate given that we are dealing with schools on both sides of Lake Michigan.

Jeremy
#2
Your Turn / Re: Concordia - Ann Arbor and Wisconsin
June 18, 2024, 12:29:01 PM
Quote from: Dave Benke on June 18, 2024, 11:46:05 AM
Quote from: Jeremy_Loesch on June 18, 2024, 11:21:58 AMThe note from Michigan CEF is sad, that they were not contacted when reports were that they had been. 

The timeline is also interesting.  And I still would like to know what specific resources are lacking for Ann Arbor to move back to autonomy?  Given my lack of status/standing, I'm not sure I am entitled to know the lack of resources, but if resources are lacking, wouldn't it be helpful for communication purposes to say that Resource A, B, and C are lacking? 

It just seems like a decision was made about CUW's and CUAA's future and that reasons are being arrived at after the fact to justify that decision.  I know that ascribes motive to some people, and I should not do that, but that is the perspective from my seat.  What must the faculty/staff, students, and families be thinking?  Heartbreaking. 

Jeremy

This, Jeremy, is what pickles my gizzard.  Why would the CUWAA board not simply say to CAA "Go in peace, serve the Lord."?  The timeline indicates the whole shebang was in the works from the time the switch of reports on viability was made.  Which was a shocker to the Ann Arbor people. 

So with all the pushback, why not just let them go?  The only reason not to that makes dollar sense is that as Ann Arbor is pulled back to a tinier version of itself, the CUW division gets to sell off property and keep the proceeds in their foundation.  What's used as the excuse, if you read carefully, is that it cost CUW X amount of millions to help out Ann Arbor through the course of a decade.  And they - the Wisconsin portion of the board - would somehow "lose" that money.  Which is weird ridiculous, because it's long since spent and also they have tons of available money in their foundation, enough to float both ships in fact.

More info and transparency needed. 

Dave Benke



From what you shared and what Mrs. Mae Keller made in the Lead Time podcast, there does not appear to be the financial crisis that has been publicized. 

Jeremy
#3
Your Turn / Re: Concordia - Ann Arbor and Wisconsin
June 18, 2024, 12:27:15 PM
Here is a link to a podcast called "Lead Time" from the Unite Leadership Collective.  The host is Rev. Tim Ahlman, and they have excellent guests, some of whom resonate with me and some of whom don't.  But it's a good listen.  This particular episode is about the CUWAA debacle, which is what I now call it.  The guest is Mae Keller, who was closely connected to CUAA in the 20Teens.  From her perspective, there was no financial crisis.   

https://youtu.be/7BvEh8LuLGU?si=B84HGUZdCSpqwVy0

Jeremy
#4
Your Turn / Re: Concordia - Ann Arbor and Wisconsin
June 18, 2024, 11:21:58 AM
The note from Michigan CEF is sad, that they were not contacted when reports were that they had been. 

The timeline is also interesting.  And I still would like to know what specific resources are lacking for Ann Arbor to move back to autonomy?  Given my lack of status/standing, I'm not sure I am entitled to know the lack of resources, but if resources are lacking, wouldn't it be helpful for communication purposes to say that Resource A, B, and C are lacking? 

It just seems like a decision was made about CUW's and CUAA's future and that reasons are being arrived at after the fact to justify that decision.  I know that ascribes motive to some people, and I should not do that, but that is the perspective from my seat.  What must the faculty/staff, students, and families be thinking?  Heartbreaking. 

Jeremy
#5
I think Aletheist raises a good question/point- Did Jesus see Genesis 1 as mythical?  I have a hard time believing that He did.  Jesus was present at creation.  He is the performative Word of God that brought all things into being.  Without Him not anything was made. 

Jeremy
#6
Quote from: JoshuaMc on June 17, 2024, 10:40:40 AM
QuoteHere's an interesting set of distinctions within Lutheran Orthodoxy:
Personal Word (second person of the Trinity)
Hidden Word (Word in God)
Written Word (Scripture)
Proclaimed Word ("living voice"; agrees with Scripture)
All agree with one another so we don't have different words of God but one Word.


I tend to think that Lutherans get into the most trouble when we place the written Word over the personal and proclaimed Word.


Peace,
Josh

I don't think I entirely understand, as that seems to go against Lutheran principals of Biblical hermeneutics.  The Word of God is to sit on judgment on my word.  My word or proclamation is not to judge the Word of God.  In my proclamation perhaps the judgment of God's Word will be positive as my word lines up behind Jesus, the Word of God made flesh.  Yet it is entirely true that the Word of God may judge my proclamation to be false.  When that happens, it is my word that needs to be corrected, my proclamation that needs to go back to the drawing board.   

Jeremy
#7
Thank you Aletheist for your words there.  Please, Mr. Mundinger, read those words.  Without error and inerrant mean the same thing in the same way that six and half a dozen mean the same thing in the same way that Michael Jordan and Greatest of All Time mean the same thing. 

I would like to agree with you that inspiration does not mean dictation, and that was not how the word/concept was taught in my school days and I'm confident it is not taught that way today.  Inspiration is also not glossigraphia, where the author put his pen on the scroll/parchment/paper and waited for the Holy Spirit to move that pen and form words.  St. Luke carefully investigated and listened to what was told him about the life of Jesus and the acts of the apostles, and he was inspired to write Luke and Acts and his books are inerrant, they are without error.  His books served as great 'amicus briefs' for St. Paul's trial in Rome. 

The Bible is inerrant, is without error, because it is the Word of God.  Several pages ago Rolf Preus gave the good Word that Jesus will be with us into the ages of ages.  Then Brian shared all the times from St. John's gospel where Jesus told the disciples that He was about to go away.  I am late in thanking Brian for showing us the truth of the Bible that Jesus was preparing to ascend into heaven in order to be with His people today and into the ages of ages.  Jesus did go away in order that the Holy Spirit may proceed from both the Father and the Son, in order that the Holy Spirit may perform the job given Him by the Father- that the Spirit may bring to our mind all that Jesus did and all that Jesus said.  No conflict.  No error.  Completely inerrant for it is the Word of God for His people to receive and believe.

Jeremy
#8
Quote from: Rob Morris on June 10, 2024, 11:21:46 AMChorus number 4857 of "Not a precious jewel, just a rock."

Don't you get tired of this refrain? Why is it such a life mission for you to make sure people don't trust their Bibles too much? Why do you delight so greatly in finding alternate readings that could undermine ancient understandings ("parthenos" sometimes meant "widows" so Isaiah [which was written in Hebrew, but whatever] could have meant "unmarried but not virgin")?

I have guesses as to the cause, but what are your self-reflections?

Sophists delight in the appearance of wisdom.  Sophists aren't really interested in the topic as long as they can show that they have the appearance of wisdom, intellect, smarts, knowledge. 

Mary was an unmarried woman.  Oh, okay...so she was a virgin.  Got it. 

Jeremy
#9
I have been trying to follow this discussion.  When it comes to whether Scripture is inerrant or without error, the answer is yes.  They are.  Inerrant means without error.  Without error means inerrant.  They are synonymous terms. 

I asked for six garlic knots at the restaurant the other day and they gave me half a dozen.  How dare they!
I asked for a three foot by three foot sheet of plywood at Home Depot for a project.  They brought me a sheet of plywood that measured one yard by one yard.  Unbelievable. 

Holy Scripture is inerrant.
Holy Scripture is without error.

What does that mean?  It means what I just wrote. 

Jeremy
#10
Your Turn / Re: White Privilege and Caitlin Clark
June 04, 2024, 12:38:03 PM
Quote from: John Mundinger on June 04, 2024, 11:29:02 AM
Quote from: Jeremy_Loesch on June 04, 2024, 11:12:27 AMSo again, what does access to information have to do with sponsorships from gambling?  The fact that there are moneylines on the crawl of Good Morning Football on the NFL Network brought to you by DraftKings? 

In the real world, everything is connected to everything else.  I'd suggest that the popularity of pro sports and sports related programming is driven at least as much by gambling as by fans' interest in their teams.  Regardless of the reasons for the audience, the size of the audience influences advertising revenue.

Btw, have you every consider tuning into a different station?  Currently, I'm listening to Performance Today.  Great music. ;)

Oh I do listen to other things- On spotify I have made playlists for a grunge channel, Foo Fighters, John Prine, Iris Dement, the Avett Bros, Metallica, Jimmy Buffet, John Denver, Rush, Queen, Johnny Cash, have made playlists of Trinity hymns, Baptism hymns, Communion hymns.  I listen to Lutheran Public Radio.  A friend has introduced me to Colter Wall who is just phenomenal.  His voice alone could smoke a brisket.  This is his song Kate MacCannon: https://youtu.be/B7E8n7I6IHw?si=EddHTUnOB3-N68Ze  The moral of the story is to never marry the prettiest girl in the whole darn holler. 

My consumption of sports radio can only go so long.  It does increase when the Chiefs regular season is going on.

Jeremy
#11
Your Turn / Re: White Privilege and Caitlin Clark
June 04, 2024, 11:24:09 AM
Quote from: Dave Benke on June 04, 2024, 10:56:41 AMThe sports gambling plague has really gone off the rails and is totally connected to data, including the same data mined for say managing a baseball game or pitching to a certain hitter.  I don't know how they can be disassociated.  Big bucks in all directions.

WRT Caitlin Clark, if and as her teammates protect her along the way this year, a lot of the rancor will move down the highway.  That, and adding another couple of top players, at least one.  Work in progress.

Dave Benke

Excellent point about the Indiana Fever supporting Caitlin Clark.  No one ever touched Wayne Gretzky or Brett Hull because the teams had enforcers on the roster.  For the Blues it was Tony Twist and Kelly Chase.  They played scant minutes but if someone on the other team took liberties with the Golden Brett or tried to take liberties with him, Tony Twist stepped on the ice to play left wing and knock the offender on the opposing team senseless if that player wasn't a chicken.  Sometimes they'd fight, sometimes they wouldn't.  The enforcers kept the game clean.  Players can enforce their own game to an extent. 

Jeremy 
#12
Your Turn / Re: White Privilege and Caitlin Clark
June 04, 2024, 11:12:27 AM
I know there are gambling lines with every game.  And according to the radio show I am listening to at this very minute "New Day with SSJ (Steven St. John)" on WHB 810, a San Diego MLB player named Marcano has been banned for life because of gambling on baseball.  SSJ just said, "Get used to it people."  Jontay Porter, former Mizzou Tiger and former Denver Nugget, has been banned for life from the NBA due to gambling. 

The leagues/associations have let gambling in.  They have to address it, police it, enforce the rules.  Gamble all you want on other leagues, just not on ours.  If you gamble on our games, you're out.  Pete Rose isn't banned permanently for gambling; he's banned permanently (and may it ever be) for gambling on baseball and gambling on games he was managing. 

So again, what does access to information have to do with sponsorships from gambling?  The fact that there are moneylines on the crawl of Good Morning Football on the NFL Network brought to you by DraftKings? 

In the halcyon days of my youth, I spent just about every summer night at Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown MD 'working' for the Carolina League Hagerstown Suns, the A ball affiliate of the Bal'mer Orioles.  I'd crawl on the top of the covered grandstands to fetch foul balls so they could be returned to play, I'd fetch food and drinks for the radio guy and the official scorer, I'd take food and drinks to the players in the bullpen.  My pay was autographs, cracked bats, a hot dog and a coke.  The outfield fence had advertisements for Budweiser, Busch, Miller Lite, ads for Winston, Newports, and a giant Marlboro man.  A local tobacco shop advertised on the fence.  The program had tobacco and alcohol ads in it.  Is that better or worse than Fanduel or DraftKings?  I don't know.  I do know that I find an ice cold Busch Light and a smoke far more enjoyable than deciphering what it means that the Cardinals are +125 against the Astros.     

Jeremy
#13
Your Turn / Re: White Privilege and Caitlin Clark
June 04, 2024, 10:22:49 AM
Driven by gambling?  Like in a 2000 Buick Century Custom?   ;D

Probably a lot.  Fanduel, MGM, and a few others a major sponsors, and in a cliche that crosslists with many other aspects of life: "He who pays the piper calls the tune."  All the NFL pregrame shows have fantasy segments and the betting line and over/under and other factors are prevalent.  And that goes into the MLB, NBA, and NHL as well.  It's probably even in golf, tennis, and I know it is college football and men's college basketball. 

Gambling is prevalent.  But access to sports information?  Maybe I don't follow your agenda?  From my office I listen to WHB 810 sports radio in Kansas City through the internet.  Right now there is a Home Depot commercial.  Before that was a commercial for a marijuana dispensary that has a permit to deliver to both KS and MO.  And I'm waiting for the commercial that will help guys get their game back in the bedroom.  I don't shop at Home Depot.  I've never been to a dispensary.  And I'm not interested in getting my game back because how can one get back what one never possessed in the first place?  The enticements to gamble?  They don't interest me either.  I don't really care about what Fanduel or MGM offers.  It's not marketed to me.  I'm not the target audience.  I have no money.  I have some knowledge of the over/under but really have no knowledge of betting lines.  And I know that I have a tendency toward addictive behaviors (I'm all in on bass fishing until I'm not.  I'm all in on eating ice cream until I'm not, on craft beers, on composting and organic gardening, on reading books by a certain author, until I'm not.)

There was plenty of access to information before gambling got involved.  Things have really involved in sports media.  Baseball, football, hockey, basketball, and soccer all have their own media networks.  MLB Network and NFL Network, etc.  They existed before Barstool Sports was a thing.  Gambling was under the surface.  I perceive that now it is above the surface. 

The leagues need to police gambling a little more- determining where, when, and on what sports players gamble on.  Gambling at the team facility on other games in our league?  No.  Gambling at home on games in other leagues?  May the odds be ever in your favor.  And call 1-800-quitter if you get in trouble. 

Access to sports information is driven by money.  And there was plenty of that even before gambling was brought on as a partner.  I think I have all the access I want without being involved in gambling. 

Does that answer some of the question?  What do you mean by access to sports information?

Jeremy     
#14
Your Turn / Re: White Privilege and Caitlin Clark
June 04, 2024, 09:14:34 AM
Everyone in the WNBA should be kissing Caitlin Clark's feet and statues should be erected in her honor already.  She has brought attention to the WNBA like no one has ever done- not Lisa Leslie, Sue Bird, Cheryl Swoopes, Diana Taurasi, Elena Della Donne, and every other WNBA player previously.  If they don't like the attention she receives, maybe they'll like flying coach on Frontier Airlines?  Maybe they'll like playing in front of no one?  Before she arrived no one really gave a darn about the WNBA.  For a long time in college if you weren't a hard core fan of Pat Summit or Geno Auriemma and their teams, women's college basketball was space filler until the men's games came on.  It has gotten a little more popular since Pat Summit died and it is no longer just UT and UConn that dominate things so more schools can compete. 

At her next press conference I really hope that Caitlin Clark tells her sisters in the WNBA: Go get yer effin shine box!

Jeremy 
#15
Your Turn / Re: White Privilege and Caitlin Clark
June 04, 2024, 09:07:25 AM
I don't have cable or a streaming service and it is extremely easy to be a professional sports fan.  You can watch fifteenish minute highlights of games.  You see the important things and miss the boring parts.  There are so many podcasts that can keep you informed.  You can listen to sports talk radio to stay informed.  And when it comes to football, Fox, CBS, NBC, and ABC all broadcast games.  ABC broadcasts in the home market when ESPN has the Monday Night Football telecast.  Amazon Prime does the Thursday night game, so that would be the only thing you miss out on. 

Jeremy
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