Sarcasm and human relationships

While reading this article, I am made aware of how many people struggle with sarcasm.  At least I am comforted that men in general struggle, I am not alone.

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Truth of Scripture

Recently Nadia Bolz-Weber tweeted this sentence

“The Truth of scripture will simply not be domesticated by literalism nor by liberalism. It will have its way with us all until we are free.”

We all try to put scripture in a box and force it to do what we want.   The Holy Spirit will guide us with scripture until it has its way with us.

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Where I am today, barely a Lutheran

Although I have settled in the Lutheran tradition at a local ELCA church, I mostly only attend to experience the liturgical calendar and the Eucharist.   I made a brief attempt at leadership, but it became clear to me very quickly that my wilderness journey has made me ill suited for Lutheran leadership.   I still consider myself a wanderer in the wilderness.

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How to know you can never go back to the non-denominational evangelical world

Ways you know you can never go back.

  • You believe your value comes from being human not that your value comes from being Christian.
  • You believe Christianity is about the Kingdom of Heaven coming to Earth rather than Christians going to Heaven.
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All Saints Day, by the numbers

I appreciate the liturgical practice of All Saints Day.  In our church, we remember the Saints who have gone on before us, especially in the past year.   It is a wonderful liturgical practice, connecting the Saints of today with those who have gone before.

For a melancholy thought, we have had 10 Saints go one before us this year, but we have had fewer babies born. It is even sadder that our local church is much younger and has many more babies than most Lutheran churches, most churches have far worse ratios.    Those who believe children are the future of a local church are fighting a losing mathematical problem.  The future is not with our babies, but with the Holy Spirit bringing adults into communion with the Triune God.

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Ben Bernanke and the modern shoe factory

Several news sites have recently interviewed Ben Bernanke,  Federal Reserve chairmen during the 2008 financial crisis.   One article in USA Today said

“Bernanke has been interested in the Great Depression since his grandmother told him stories about it from her front porch in Charlotte, N.C., during quiet summer evenings. Her family had been living in Norwich, Conn., where some children went to school in worn-out shoes or even barefoot because their fathers lost their jobs when the shoe factories closed. That meant their families didn’t have enough money to buy shoes — which presumably would have kept the factories in business and their fathers employed.”

All financial policy since the Great Depression has been based on a historical study and modeling of that time period.   I keep thinking about the modern equivalent.   Now, the story is that the shoes are made in a very low wage overseas factory.   Domestically, the only jobs created by buying a shoe is the retail person (a low wage job), a distribution worker (a low wage job), the marketing people (a high wage job), and the CEO of the marketing and distribution companies (very high wage job).  Domestically, the example Bernanke describes above creates two levels of income, the very low wage retail/distribution jobs and the high wage marketing and CEO jobs.   No jobs get created in the middle.

I then listen to the politicians.  One side say the poor need to work more hours.  The other side say we need to send everyone to college.  Neither approach makes any sense to me.  The poor already work much more than 40 hours, more low wage hours won’t help.   For the other approach, we can’t just send everyone to college and make everyone in the U.S. a marketing or business major.   We will just have a bunch of college graduates working retail.  The fundamental labor imbalance will still exist.   I haven’t heard anyone describe a workable solution.

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Youth are not the future

“Youth are our future”.  It is a statement so commonly said in Christian circles that we all assume it to be true, even in my current Lutheran tradition.  We forget that for Lutherans, this is not true.   Lutherans tend to not have many children, and most of their children do not stay long after confirmation.   For Lutherans, youth are definitely not the future.

So, what is the future?  The Christian tradition will continue to grow as the Holy Spirit draws us into communion with the Triune God.

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