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  1. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    A hymn to watch while pondering the communion of all saints at the Lord’s Table in the article above..

    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=This+Is+the+Feast+of+the+Lord+higher+things&&view=detail&mid=7EDBDBD5B778C4EF8AD37EDBDBD5B778C4EF8AD3&&FORM=VDRVRV

  2. Stephen says:

    A quote from the book I’m currently reading:

    “Here’s a challenging thought: if our children grasp more clearly where they fall short of our expectations than they see how God’s grace is transforming them, if they think we feel more burdened by them than thankful for them, it may because they’re being raised by a Pharisee.”

    Dr Gary Thomas
    Sacred Parenting

  3. Duane Arnold says:

    I’ve been re-reading St. Symeon the New Theologian…

    “What is the aim of the incarnate dispensation of God’s Word, preached in all the Holy Scriptures but which we, who read them, do not know? The only aim is that, having entered into what is our own, we should participate in what is His. The Son of God has become Son of Man in order to make us, men, sons of God, raising our race by grace to what He is Himself by nature, granting us birth from above through the grace of the Holy Spirit and leading us straightway to the kingdom of heaven, or rather, granting us this kingdom of heaven within us (Luke 17:21), in order that we should not merely be fed by the hope of entering it, but entering into full possession thereof should cry: our ‘life is hid with Christ in God’ (Col. 3:3).”

  4. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    The St Symeon comment is interesting. On the practice side what is he telling us to do and how do we successfully do it? In particular I am wondering about “we should participate in what is his.”
    My view is that it is passive and we do participate just by being in Christ. It sounds like he might have a different view.

  5. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Practice side should read practicle side.

  6. John 20:29 says:

    Or practical ?

  7. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Em, my phone and auto correct and I are in the oil change center getting serviced. No telling what to expect 😉

  8. Duane Arnold says:

    I think Symeon is calling upon us to recognize the reality of the participation… that seems to be the sense of the entire paragraph.

  9. John 20:29 says:

    I woke up this am to another school shooting and thought, here we go again another round of hand wringing over gun violence….
    And then i thought of the many astute observations that Michael has posted in the past as he’s watched the activity at the skateboard park… We’d like to think that those types of behavior are isolated to “those skate boarders.” I don’t think it is…
    We like to think that our little darlings are little darlings. But is our only job as parents to protect and defend our little darlings? What about correcting them?
    Kids are impulsive and sometimes mean.
    I only saw my preacher-wife grandmother with blood in her eyes one time. She confronted a neighbor who did not believe in discipline of HER child. The undisciplined 8 year old girl had just beaned a toddler with a large rock.
    Are these shooters the result of their own ugly nature? Probably so, but they just may be the result of generational failures in a society where God has been sidelined at best? Dunno

  10. John 20:29 says:

    #8 – sorry – just having some fun, MLD… my tablet is equally evil

  11. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    So just for conversation, the video I posted at #2 showing the communion service (which was at a Lutheran youth event) – does anyone here take the common cup or do you stick with the shot glasses?

  12. Duane Arnold says:

    #12

    Take a “wild, shot in the dark” guess…

  13. Eric says:

    One of my trains of thought this week…

    I attend a weekly open mic gig in a park. Some weeks I’ve played a song. My repertoire includes Christian songs of different shades and I’ve wondered which songs would be good ones to play. One week I played “When there’s love” by Keith Green, and from time to time there is a more overtly Christian song.

    Then this week one of our regular guys played “I saw the the light” by Hank Williams (I hadn’t heard it before). A whole lot of people joined him on stage and sang/played along (this happens with a lot of songs). I was surprised that a song with such a bold expression of evangelical faith was well-known by this crowd.

    Our culture in Australia is like the more secular US states. We Christians are a minority – though we’re not separated from mainstream society, our Christian culture is. The only Christian songs known by a majority of Australians would be Amazing grace and a few Christmas carols.

    Had such a song been written recently, it would only get a hearing in our Christian cultural enclave*, but this song from mid-20th century turns out have a place and be owned by wider culture (ie both Christian and non-religious), with a several non-religious Aussies crowding the stage to sing along (and a sincere Christian called out “Hallelujah”).

  14. Eric says:

    * I had to look up Hank Williams on Wikipedia. Perhaps his messy life would have prevented him being a Christian music star. I don’t know about the faith or otherwise of the main singer this week, but he loves Johnny Cash, who also had a messy life with mixed in.

  15. Michael says:

    Eric,

    I’m stunned that anyone would have to look up Hank Williams.
    He is the greatest singer/songwriter in country music history…he is the fount from which all who followed flowed

    It’s hard to describe what a huge star he was in his time and his songs will be sung for all time.

  16. Jerod says:

    I’ve introduced my kids to classic country via songs like Jambalaya, (it’s only two chords so I can actually nail it). Now they’re asking me to play Willie and Waylon and Kris.

    For some reason, I love Hank Sr, can’t stand a lick of Hank Jr, and tolerate Hank III until he starts in with his foul mouth (which is so often it’s become more of a pain to filter than is worth the effort).

    Seems like the seventies were the golden age of country. I was born in ’76… never knew Jerry Reed could rock the stage like that.

  17. Dan from Georgia says:

    Only heard of Jerry Reed in passing during my youth…I don’t think my dad was a fan…then heard a song by Eric Johnson titled “Tribute to Jerry Reed”…and then caught him on “Smokey and the Bandit”…a growing fan here.

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