Guns and Living Alone

“It’s not living alone if you keep a rifle under the bed.”
–   Chuck Palahniuk

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Have you backed up your computer recently?

If you haven’t… you should. My fieldwork church recently lost a lot of date because they assumed things were being backed up automatically. Needless to say, they were not.

I recomend at least two layers of protection. First find a free (or cheap) online service. I use .Mac since I got it cheap with my computer. I sync all of my seminary files to this account. Even if my computer is completely shot, I can still get to these files using another computer. The other level of protection I recomend is burning DVDs/CDs. I burn one every few weeks of all my documents. Another thing I do is sync every so often to an external hard drive.

You might think that taking the time to back-up would be a hassle. The time spent know pales in comparision to the time it will cost you later to re-do documents and salvaging priceless pictures.

Lutheran Carnival XLII

Gregory House, M.Div is the host of Lutheran Carnival XLII. He has hijacked one of my posts for inclusion in this issue of the carnival. He did an excellent job. His choice of the Rev. Dr. David Adams as the featured Lutheran for this carnival is appropriate. The sermon he references is amazing. I only wish I could have been there to see him preach it live. He is an amazing preacher!

The next Lutheran Carnival will be hosted by at Saint Charles’ Place.

Reasons to Ban Guns (Humor)

If you know me very well… you know that I am NOT in favor of gun control. My view is that we should enforce the the laws that are on the books and punish violent criminals to the fullest extent of the law. The “Chaplain to the World” has given us some good humor that deals with gun control.

My personal favorites are:

2. Washington DC’s low murder rate of 69 per 100,000 is due to strict gun control, and Indianapolis’ high murder rate of 9 per 100,000 is due to the lack of gun control.

6. The more helpless you are the safer you are from criminals.

8. A woman raped and strangled is morally superior to a woman with a smoking gun and a dead rapist at her feet.

10. The New England Journal of Medicine is filled with expert advice about guns; just like Guns & Ammo has some excellent treatises on heart surgery.

12. The 2nd Amendment, ratified in 1787, refers to the National Guard, which was created 130 years later, in 1917.

23. Ordinary people in the presence of guns turn into slaughtering butchers but revert to normal when the weapon is removed.

24. Guns cause violence, which is why there are so many mass killings at gun shows.28. The right of Internet pornographers to exist cannot be questioned because it is constitutionally protected by the Bill of Rights, but the use of handguns for self defense is not really protected by the Bill of Rights.

36. Citizens don’t need to carry a gun for personal protection but police chiefs, who are desk-bound administrators who work in a building filled with cops, need a gun.

39. Trigger locks do not interfere with the ability to use a gun for defensive purposes, which is why you see police officers with one on their duty weapon.

40. Handgun Control, Inc., says they want to “keep guns out of the wrong hands.” Guess what? You have the wrong hands.

Conduct of the Service

From: Cyberstones

The new edition of The Conduct of the Service is now available. The book contains Piepkorn’s pamphlet from 1965, McClean’s expansion from 1972, and the actual rubrics themselves from The Lutheran Liturgy. This is an essential volume for the Lutheran pastor and all students of the Liturgy. Go to the link above and you can see how to purchase it from Reedemer Press using Paypal. I highly recomend this book. I have used the previous reprint and I must say this one looks much better! (I am slightly biased… Since I helped proofread this copy).

What are you waiting for… go buy it!

False Understandings of Luther and Lutheranism

If you have been Lutheran for any length of time I’m sure you have been asked questions or heard statements such as:

  • My pastor said you guys are cannibals. (This has happened at least twice for me)
  • Don’t you all hate the Jews?
  • You worship Luther.
  • You believe that only Lutherans go to heaven.
  • If it weren’t for the pope you’d be Roman Catholic.

The list could go on and on.

In the Lutheran blog world there have been two recent posts that highlight this issue of “False Understandings of Luther and Lutheranism.” Check them out at Kelly’s Blog and the Cantor’s Padded Balcony. Enjoy.

Goodbye Blogger! Hello WordPress!

This will be my last post on blogger (probably). I’m moving over to WordPress. The options are better and I’m tired of having formatting problems.

My new site is still titled Nerd Heaven. Here is the feed.

Thanks for reading! Hope you will join me at my new blog!