Blessed Ascension Day

See, the Lord Ascends in Triumph

He has raised our human nature
On the clouds to God’s right hand;
There we sit in heav’nly places,
There with Him in glory stand.
Jesus reigns, adored by angels;
By our mighty Lord’s ascension
We by faith behold our own.

Author: Christopher Wordsworth, 1807-85 (verse 5)

A People without a memory …

A people without a memory is a people without a history, and a people without a history is a people without an identity: if we do not know where we came from, then we cannot know where we are now, nor where we are going.”

p. 12, The Pastor, Readings From The Patristic Period, by Philip L. Culbertson, Arthur Bradford Shippee, ed.

Don’t Worry about Tomorrow

Therefore do not be anxious, saying, What shall we eat? or What shall we drink? or What shall we wear? For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Matthew 6:31-34 (ESV)

Carpe diem, qua minimum credula postero.

Seize today, and put as little trust as
you can in tomorrow.

Horace

“Two things I ask of you; deny them not to me before I die”

Two things I ask of you; deny them not to me before I die:

Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches;

feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you

and say, Who is the Lord? or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God.

Proverbs 30:7-9

Marriage and Celibacy

“Marriage is not a good,

but it is a good in comparison with fornication.”

-Saint Augustine

 

 Now as a concession, not a command, I say this.  I wish that all were as I myself am. But each has his own gift from God, one of one kind and one of another.

To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is good for them to remain single as I am.  But if they cannot exercise self- control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.

– I Cor. 7:6-9

Lectures will come on Angelology

Lectures will come on angelology (angels, demons, poltergeist, Christian struggle, exorcism, et al)  but probably mid-February or so.  I plan to put together video clips, not as clever as Fisk (or others) but basic vids that will cover various topics.

 I will announce when I begin to post my vids. Feel free to either get on my twitter, registrar your email with my blog for updates located the below, right on my blog, or keep an eye on my Facebook.  I will anknow me, otherwise don’t bother (I get a lot of request of people I cannot verify).

In Christ,

– Curate

The problem is the hymnals in the pews ….

My post on December 9, 2012 Facebook:

“The problem with screens being put up in sacred places in Lutheran churches did not begin with the liberal contemporary movement, it began when we first put hymnals in the pews. Thus the Hymnal became a Sunday morning thing and no longer a prayer book for our daily life including Sundays. And in time, the hymnal became unpractical and limited the Sunday experience because of the unfamiliarity with the hymnal. The Lutheran Hymnals traditionally unified the “culture” of the Lutheran Church.”