Harry Potter Personality Test

Pirate Monkey's Harry Potter Personality Quiz
Harry Potter Personality Quiz
by Pirate Monkeys Inc.

Many thanks to urukite over at Life at the Seminary for pointing out this quiz.

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Lutheran Carnival XXII

Go over to Ask the Pastor and check out Lutheran Carnival XXII which is titled “Like Newborn Carnivals.” It is a great collection of articles from all around the confessional Lutheran blog world, including three articles I wrote.

Enjoy!

Update and Pictures

Some people have given me a hard time for not sending out updates and pictures of my time out here in Baltimore. Well here goes…

I’ll be finished this Friday and will head back to Nebraska with a stop in Missouri to see my fiance and my family. I’ll graduate from Concordia on May 6 with a Bachelors of Science in Secondary Education. Wahoo for that!

My time here in Baltimore has been awesome. I really have fallen in love with the school and with the faculty and staff. I’ve learned and incredible amount from them and have gained a lot of resources that I can use later in my ministry. I’ve actually been asked if I would consider teaching out here. I answer them with a resounding yes! However, I want to finish the seminary first. In fact, I really want to teach after my graduation from the seminary. I know the Church needs both faithful pastors and teachers and it is my hope that eventually I can serve in both capacities.

In terms of pictures…. you can head on over to my google page…. and check them out. I’ll hopefully put up more soon. I’ve still got some pictures from Antietam and Annapolis to sort through.

A Priest, a Pentecostal preacher, and a Rabbi

A priest, a Pentecostal preacher, and a Rabbi all served as chaplains to the students of the University of Montana in Missoula.

They would get together two or three times a week for coffee and to talk shop.

One day, someone made the comment that preaching to people isn’t really all that hard. A real challenge would be to preach to a bear.

One thing led to another and they decided to do an experiment. They would all go out into the woods, find a bear, preach to it, and attempt to convert it.

Seven days later, they’re all together to discuss the experience.

Father Flannery, who has his arm in a sling, is on crutches, and has various bandages, goes first. “Well,” he says, “I went into the woods to find me a bear. And when I found him I began to read to him from the Catechism. Well, that bear wanted nothing to do with me and began to slap me around. So I quickly grabbed my holy water, sprinkled him and, Holy Mary Mother of God, he became as gentle a lamb. The bishop is coming out next week to give him first communion and confirmation.”

Reverend Billy Bob spoke next. He was in a wheelchair, with an arm and both legs in casts, and an IV drip. In his best fire and brimstone oratory he claimed, ” WELL brothers, you KNOW that we don’t sprinkle! I went out and I FOUND me a bear. And then I began to read to my bear from God’s HOLY WORD! But that bear wanted nothing to do with me. So I took HOLD of him and we began to wrestle. We wrestled down one hill, UP another and DOWN another until we came to a creek. So I quick DUNKED him and BAPTIZED his hairy soul. And just like you said, he became as gentle as a lamb. We spent the rest of the day praising Jesus.”

They both looked down at the rabbi, who was lying in a hospital bed. He was in a body cast and traction with IV’s and monitors running in and out of him. He was in bad shape.The rabbi looks up and says, “Looking back on it, circumcision may not have been the best way to start.”

Thanks to Vicar Charles Lehmann over at Drowning Myself Whenever I Can.

History and Theology

Yup… I’m a history and theology teacher. I find it nearly impossible to separate one from the other. You can’t study theology and ignore history and you can study history without seeing the theological/religious issues that have shaped our past and will shape our future. There are so many quotes floating around about history… “History repeats itself” or “If you don’t learn from history it will repeat itself.”

We don’t learn from history very well. In fact, we ignore or purposely forget it. Take this quote from President Harry S Truman that is engraved on the World War II Memorial in D.C.: “Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.” Sadly, I strongly believe that America has forgotten a great many of the sacrifices that were made. Our national monuments are nothing more than fun stops for kids… nothing more than marble playgrounds. Parents don’t teach their kids about history. Teachers are required to spend time on “character education” or “cultural education,” so they don’t have time to teach on our rich history.

The same thing is happening in our church. We have forgotten the sacrifices that so many have made for the Church. We have forgotten the heresies that have cropped up so often in the Church, thus allowing for them to reappear and thrive once again. We don’t teach the history of the church. We invent new ways to teach confirmation and toss out Luther’s Small Catechism. We have forgotten that We are “no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone” (Ephesians 2:19-20 ESV). That’s history right there folks! Yet, the post-modern church is constantly looking to new inventions, new ideas, and even worse, new doctrines that will make it more marketable, fun, and exciting. While doing so they remove, degrade, and demean the memory of those who have gone on before us to rest in Christ and even worse, subvert the Gospel message of Jesus Christ crucified as given to us in his Word and Sacraments.

Changes for Easter

As you have probably noticed… my blog layout/color has been changed. More changes will soon follow including a massive change in my blogroll. There are a few reasons for this change including the fact that I was having problems reading my own blog due to the colors on the template. In addition, I will be hosting a Lutheran Carnival in May and I want to spiff up the old blog for this fun event.

btw… the whole reason that I actually have time for any of this is that my school, Baltimore Lutheran, is on break this whole week! hahahaha…… okay… yeah… i know taunting isn’t nice… but it does feel somewhat good….

UPDATE: Thanks to Aardvark Alley for the additions to my blogroll. You can get information about Mr. Aardvark’s blogroll here. Be sure to read both parts of his “Building a Lutheran Presence: Part 1 and Part 2. There will be some more additions and subtractions as time permits as well as some new graphics for the site. Have a blessed week!

Doughnuts and Burgers…. Together?

Yes…. you read the title right. You can now get doughnuts and burgers together. Basically they take a Krispy Kreme doughnut, a hamburger patty, chedder cheese, and bacon and put them all together. How cool is that? Okay… I know the 600+ calories isn’t cool…. but I have to try it. Check out an article about it here and here. Enjoy!

mmmm….. fatty foods…..