Harry Potter Rant

If I hear one more person say that “Harry Potter is satanic” or “Harry Potter is evil” I’m going to snap. I had a old guy say it that to me tonight. He hadn’t read the books. He hadn’t seen the movies. Someone told him they were satanic and evil. If you haven’t read them…. shut up! If you have read them and think they are crap or that they are satanic you have a right to your opinion. I might think your opinion is crap… but that is another story.

Rant off….

Baptized like Jesus

Growing up in a small town in Central Missouri means most of my friends were Southern Baptist. Their classic line in attacking my Baptism was “you weren’t baptized like Jesus was.” They meant I wasn’t baptized as an adult and I was not immersed. Thankfully, I had a good head on my shoulder and didn’t strangle them. My pastor had also faced this issue with some of the local baptist clergy.

Our answer was, “Oh… wonderful… you were baptized like Jesus? I bet that was some trip to the Jordan River. Wow, it must have been cool when the Holy Spirit descended on you in the form of a dove. Wow… John the Baptist baptized you… cool… Any you were sinless when you were baptized? Awesome.

The silence from them was golden….

Have to love mothers….

Okay… I know it is father’s day… but here is a post about my mom.

My mom enjoys trying to raise my blood pressure. She works for a very large state college and often gets “fun” e-mail announcements that are sent to faculty, staff, and students. One this week was advertising a book signing and Q&A with Dr. Amir Hussain, author of Little Mosque on the Prairie: Muslims in North America. A blurb about the book says,

“With keen insight and gentle understanding, (Hussain’s book) explores the differences between Christianity and Islam, as well as the many things these two enduring faith traditions hold in common … (It) invites the reader to a place of reconciliation,to a place where the truth and value of each of these great faith traditions can be recognized and honoured by the other.”

Yee-haw…. Also this week she sent me an e-mail from Lemstone Christian Books and Gifts with a subject line that was as follows: “My first Message…” It was all about the different versions of the “Message” translation of the Bible that are available. The “Message” is a paraphrase version that totally guts much of Holy Scripture.

Hyper-Euro?

The phrase “hyper-euro” gets thrown around a lot by some conservatives in the synod. I’ve struggled in pinning down a legitimate definition of this phrase? Anyone care to give me their definition of this phrase means?