Two Kinds of Righteousness

The modern understanding of the second kind of the two kinds of righteousness is the second part of the the third use of the Law that is used as a guide to the Christian life. Quiet, I’m trying to figure this out!! It’s got to be better than the simple dynamics of Law and Gospel in the Christian life!

FB Post 5/28/13

Joy and Happiness

A few weeks back I was sitting with one of my fellow members before the service at my church – telling him my theme of my sermon. He cleverly pointed out that there is a difference of being happy in life and having joy.  Joy is always with us as Christians but we may not always be happy with things in life.  After preaching I became aware of how often joy is mentioned in the liturgy; also for years I broke liturgical tradition (oh, oh) by adding to the words after receiving the Sacrament, ” … depart in peace and joy for your sins are forgiven.” Sometimes people ask, “Are you happy with life?” Not always, but am I joyful, yes. This is key for the Christian in good times and in bad, don’t miss the point!

– My Facebook post 5/18/13


Eero Saarinen: Shaping Community

At Concordia Theological Seminary (Fort Wayne), community is in the forefront of who we are,  from are academic structure to our understanding of formation.  The person who designed the campus is a guy named Eero Saarinen.  This link is very helpful in giving an unbiased and brief description  of his vision for the campus.  Link    For your convenience, I copied the portion on the campus below:

Architectural Concord

In 1953, a few years into the GM project, Saarinen was commissioned to design an entire campus for a new Lutheran college in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Concordia Senior College was originally a two-year school intended to prepare students for seminary graduate study. The 191-acre site was flat and visually unremarkable, so the primary burden of establishing both an identity and sense of community would have to be borne by the architecture and planning.

In 1958, Saarinen noted, “The solution seemed to lie in the village-concept: a group of buildings that would have a quiet, unified environment into which the students could withdraw to find a complete, balanced life and yet one which was related to the outside world.” The final design was inspired by a Scandinavian village and was visually unified by the use of pitched roofs throughout, consistent orientation of building axes, and a common materials palette, including diamond-pattern brick walls and black roof tiles. As at GM, Saarinen included a man-made lake, in which the central chapel would be reflected, as a focal point in the plan.

Project records show that Saarinen was intimately involved in the Concordia project, signifying his particular interest to create a community that was a place of both learning and living, similar to what he had enjoyed at Cranbrook. In a memo to his staff, he envisioned the college “as a very closely knit group of buildings” and gave extensive thought to how spaces would be utilized, from the way professors conducted their classes to the routes by which students would move about the campus. For example, while the school administrators originally wanted the students to be housed in three large dormitories of 150 students each, Saarinen proposed smaller houses for 36 students each, arranged in clusters, remembering later, “We hoped that this intimate housing would encourage real student responsibility for the group within each house.”

Concordia reflects not only the influence of Saarinen’s years at Cranbrook, but also that of his father. Eliel Saarinen taught his son to design for the “next largest context—a chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, environment in a city plan.” In the case of Concordia, with its featureless site, Eero looked to the community’s identity for inspiration. While the project’s individual buildings are considered by many to be among his least inspiring, through thoughtful groupings of buildings, sensitive landscape design, and careful arrangement of private and communal spaces, Saarinen successfully imbued the campus with a sense of place that reflected and enhanced its communal character.



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.

A post on my Facebook about package notifications that I received from Amazon

April 12, 2013
Amazon has a great service that texts your phone when your items come in. Of course since I am on the road and my items come to my office, I think my office should be a little concerned! Here are my two text that came in: Your package with Demonic P… and 1 other item(s) has been delivered by the carrier. Rate packaging at Your package with The Devil… and 1 other item(s) is on a carrier vehicle and should be delivered today.