Sunday, May 18, 2008

Hard to be Lutheran

Saying for the Day- I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!" Galatians 2:21

It is hard to be Lutheran.
As Lutherans we are supposed to believe in salvation by grace.
We are supposed to believe that we are sinners.
I am supposed to believe that I am a sinner.
Then God saves me even though I’m a sinner not because of anything I do but because God loves me.
At first that sounds good.
But then you begin to think I am better than those people who:
And I have a good list of who.
I do good works.
Doesn’t that count for something on the salvation ladder.
I want to be part of saving me.
I don’t want them saved.
Salvation by grace takes all that away from me. It makes me totally dependant on God.
I have no basis to judge others.
So I become inventive. I invent grace with a fishhook. You know . You are saved by grace but if you do thus and so we know your not really saved..
But grace has no room for buts.
It’s all or nothing.
It is hard to be Lutheran.

The Alphabet Photo Challenge is being sponsored by Quilly at Quilly's Pacific Paradise.

R- Raymond Maki ( my cousin)

R-Rebecca Mattson Thompson ( My cousin)

R- Roberts , Forest - My College Debate Coach

#### News from Pigeon Falls-The little town in my basement where the trains still run, dragons fly, and life is back to normal Mrs. Petrovich stopped in to Nancy’s for a cup of coffee and a saffron bun. Nancy says she looks pregnant. She has been helping her husband get ready to fly to Russia where he will film all of the driblets at the monastery. This time he has a special camera just for filming documents. The monks have also found some more driblets. They had been hidden in cave near the monastery. They have no idea how they got there. Petrovich is all excited about the new find and the new camera.
Both of the tourist stores now have new dragon gifts that include the baby dragons. Wink’s Woods has a T-shirt with a cartoon of a man being carried away by a dragon on the front and the words “Dragon Free Pickup“. On the back is a cartoon of a man being dropped into the lake and the words “Dragon Free Delivery“. Thomas Lackmet has refused to comment on the shirts but he doesn’t look very happy.

Today's Link-Althouse- Pictures in Wisconsin
I started the day with a ten point drop in the oxygen count. So I took my trusty oxygen bottle and went to Church. It was a great service. I felt better afterwads. The choir sang. we voted on calling the next pastor. We had great fellowship afterward. In the afternoon I worked with my picture files. Betty and Pennie were garage cleaning. Now I need a breathing treatment.
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Blogger Janvangogh said...

Grace is a very hard thing for people to wrap their heads around.

Did Nancy say Mrs. Petrovich had regular or decaf coffee? If it was different from her normal choice, then that would be some confirmation.

4:38 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

AMEN!!! I was just thinking this morning that it IS hard to be Lutheran! I'm battling a most UNChristian-like Catholic on the rights to take my baby granddaughter to my Lutheran church when she's visiting me! At 3 years old her non-practicing Catholic father thinks it's more important that she receive NO religious education RATHER than be corrupted by my Lutheran hogwash! Jesus HELP me!

I'm so glad to hear that Mrs. Petrovich has made a public appearance! I don't think I'm getting the whole thing about the driblets... perhaps you could lead me to the beginning of the driblet story so that I might inform myself?

5:53 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

Oh yea... I like that RIDE!!! That's FUN!

5:54 AM  
Anonymous Mar said...

I love that Ride! it looks like so much fun!

6:39 AM  
Blogger Gattina said...

Good for you that your cousins have names starting with R, lol !

As soon as I have sorted out my pictures of Greece I will write about what I have seen on my travel blog. The monastirs were a place which impressed me the most !

8:07 AM  
Blogger juliana said...

another great set of photos. loved the ride most, too :)

8:48 AM  
Anonymous quilly said...

Dr. John, I think the elephant takes the prize today for the most original R. You are very creative, Sir!

10:01 AM  
Blogger Carletta said...

Dr. John - I firmly believe it's hard to be any religion today.Enjoyed your post.
That elephant ride would be grand!

3:35 PM  
Blogger butterflies said...

Hi Dr John..I was raised Methodist,then went to Assemblies Of God and have now gone back to the Methodists:)
Grace is what saved all of us.

I remember a most unfortunate time at the AOG church when it was discovered that the pastor was having affairs with no LESS than 6 women in the church! I wondered how fair it was that I was being a celibate single mother and he was having all kinds of fun...But God doesnt measure sin by degrees.
Thankyou for always giving me something to think about.I appreciate you,even tho youre Lutheran;)!!
Breathe easy.

5:43 PM  
Blogger Robert said...

I'm beginning to think you have a family member for every letter of the alphabet. Let's see what X does for you!

8:21 PM  
Blogger Lone Grey Squirrel said...

It seems paradoxically strange but it is so hard for us to be humble enough to accept the free gift of salvation which does not involve some merit on our part.

3:41 AM  
Blogger Minkydo said...

Great post and great pictures (as usual). Thanks for sharing.

7:51 PM  

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