Sunday, September 24, 2006

Lutheran Carnival XXXIII


a poem by Longfellow, thanks to Norman Teigen

I bear the Scales, where hang in equipoise

The night and day; and when unto my lips

I put my trumpet, with its stress and noise

Fly the white clouds like tattered sails of ships;

The tree-top lash the air with sounding whips;

Southward the clamorous sea-fowl wing their flight;

The hedges are all red with haws and hips.

The Hunter's Moon reigns empress of the night.

September has always been my favorite month. It is the month of my birthday, which mostly likely caused me to rejoice when I was younger. Nowadays, I cringe at the actual number of my birthdays, but I still love September. Why? Falling leaves, the start of school, cool nights and shortening days, the first chance to put on a sweater since spring, chrysanthemums, my big red sugar maple tree, squirrels busily burying their nuts. What isn't there to like about September? Of course, I haven't asked any 9/11 survivors if they love September. Nor my dear sister-in-law who just lost her mother on 9/11, just nine days after her own birthday. Nor the family who just lost their ten year old daughter in the Rogers tornado. But for now, I love September. And I love blogs!

One of my favorite ELS blogger, Norman Teigen, wrapped up his series on his take of the history of the ELS. His thoughts are his own, of course, but he has experienced life in the ELS from a unique viewpoint - both by family ties and by the events of his generation. See parts I, II, III, IV, V, VI. Norman Teigen is one of my favorite people. Not only is he a fellow church member, but he's also an interesting person. I love his blog! He takes the vocation of blog-keeping even more seriously than I do (at least he posts every day). He and my hubby talk after church until my kids have to pull dad away, out of the building and toward the car. Norman and Rob ususally talk about sports: Iowa v. Minnesota, the Vikings, the Twins. Talking to people after church is one of my favorite things about church and Norman is a good person to talk to.

Onto the rest of the bloggers that I haven't yet had the pleasure of meeting in person. Everyone's favorite aardvark has a blog, Aardvark Alley . The ol' Aard playfully invoked the noted author's greatest work in providing a title for Dante Alighieri: Classic Comedian. His commemorative post touches upon Dante's importance both in the Church and for Western liturature and summarizes most of his important works, including the three volumes of the Divine Comedy. Cyprian of Carthage, Bishop and Martyr, is certainly a lesser-known hero of the early Christian Church. Because of that, Aardvark Alley tries to show his influence on Christian theology and practice as well as noting some areas where Saint Cyprian's teachings were not followed by the majority of orthodox Christendom.

A dear friend of the Aardvark, Pastor Snyder, of Ask the Pastor , gets a wide variety of questions but this was a first. A man wanted to know, Can a Christian Be a Comic Book Author? Pastor Snyder responds by talking about truth revealed in fiction as he leads his readers to examine how they could live out the Faith in this and other vocations. A serious topic that Christians often ignore rather than face is the Imprecatory Psalms. Ask the Pastor confronts these harsh songs of the Old Testament through Praying Evil upon Our Enemies. Pastor Snyder says that there are proper times, ways, and attitudes for Christians to join voices in these requests for divine vengeance. However, he also reminds us that the full harshness of God's curse fell squarely upon His Son in order to save sinful, accursed mankind.

GHP's recent Luther Library review of Caitlin Flanagan's To Hell with All That: Loving and Loathing Our Inner Housewife touches upon several of the book's strengths and shortcomings. While sincerely recommending this work, he also comments on some of the weaknesses he perceives and also gently inserts a bit of his own thinking without letting it get in the way of encouraging others to read it for themselves.

After a very blessed experience at the Image of God Conference, the Rebellious Pastor's Wife contemplates a topic not addressed there in her post, One Thing Missing. Another blogging pastor's wife, Kelly of Kelly's Blog, contributes two related posts, Youth - not a "tribe apart" , a contemplation of being a youth leader, her own experiences with youth group hopping and where strong cetechesis fits into the picture, and More Youth Thoughts While Cruising the Cemetery, thoughts on the nature of youth groups spurred by a wander through the town cemetery.

Ritewinger at Theocon discusses, in Seeds of the Sower, the lack of Law in the "Sinner's Prayer" and in crusade conversion.

Everyone's favorite British blog-keeper, John H. of Confessing Evangelical cites, in Run away! Run away!, a superb post by Internet Monk, Michael Spencer, as well as a stirring quotation from CH Spurgeon, each reinforcing the message that adultery is a Really Bad Idea - one which should be obvious, but which, sadly, bears frequent repetition. John H. also offers, A Dangerous Element. Continuing John H's tendency to post non-Lutherans saying very Lutheran-sounding things, here is a glorious quotation from Martyn Lloyd-Jones on how true Gospel preaching will always be accused of antinomianism.

Resident referree of the Confessional Lutheran blogosphere, Dan at Necessary Roughness points us to his developing series on the Divine Service. He's got seven posts in the series already! One of my favorite blog-keeping Lutheran moms, Mutti Beck of Beckfest, has begun a series entitled Hymn I Love. She has begun with Salvation Has Come Unto Us.

It has been a pleasure to edit this 33rd issue of the Lutheran Carnival. Thanks to all those who submitted posts or allowed me to borrow posts. If you weren't in this issue, please consider joining in next time.

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