Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Beowulf and Valor

Ah, to be as valorous as Beowulf.

To have never killed a friend who was a bit too inebriated. I'm guessing he probably waited until his pal sobered up a bit.

 “Thus Beowulf bore himself with valor;
he was formidable in battle yet behaved with honor
and took no advantage; never cut down 
a comrade who was drunk, kept his temper
and, warrior that he was, watched and controlled
his God-sent strength and his outstanding
natural powers…”

Beowulf (as translated by Seamus Heaney) lines 2177-2183 || Italics mine


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Former Adventures In The Evangelical Wilderness

I can certainly identify with the following sentiments someone made on a recent Facebook thread. I do not miss my days in the so-called evangelical wilderness.

“For those of us who come from the make-it-up-as-you-go land of Evangelicalism, Missionalism, Seeker-Drivenism, we lived the innovative phrases of "loving on people", "prayer warriors,” "listening to God with intentionality", "stepping out in faith", "obeying God in the last thing He gave you to do, so he'll count you worthy to give you your next assignment." We fled that land for one built on the solid, unshifting rock of Christ; and Him crucified for the ungodly.  We fled that land for unchanging and definable language expressed in the confessions, historic liturgy, and Word and Sacrament.”

Letetia Marie - as quoted from FB (slightly modified)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Hobbits and Pipe Smoking

After some time he felt for his pipe. It was not broken, and that was something. Then he felt for his pouch, and there was some tobacco in it, and that was something more. Then he felt for matches and he could not find any at all, and that shattered his hopes completely.

J.R.R. Tokien - "The Hobbit"

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Prayer for those held captive by ISIS

(Repost of a Facebook status by Rev. William Weedon - Worship Director, LCMS)

Let us pause to pray for those baptized brothers and sisters taken captive by ISIS this morning:

Kind Father, You are our only help in time of need. Remember in mercy these captive children of Yours. Give them grace to confess You boldly. If it is Your will, grant them release from their captivity and restoration to their homes. But if it is Your will that they share in the cup of suffering of our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen them with Your Spirit and make them bold to confess His saving name.

Turn the hearts of their captors and all who hate and despise the name of Jesus and give them the gift of repentance that with us they may glorify Your unspeakable and lavish grace.

We pray these things in the name of Him Whose body bears the scars of violence, but whose love no hatred will ever be able to overcome, even Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem the Syrian

O Lord and Master of my life, give me not the spirit of sloth, meddling, lust for power and idle talk.

But grant unto me, Thy servant, a spirit of chastity (integrity), humility, patience and love.

Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see mine own faults and not to judge my brother. For blessed art Thou unto the ages of ages.