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What if Starbucks Marketed like Evangelicals?

This is so funny, I almost had my non-pretentious, non-Starbucks coffee coming out of my nose!  Too bad it requires a parody (not too far removed from reality) to show the silliness of it all:



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December 05, 2008

Henry Ford on Government Bailouts

Let them fail; let everybody fail! I made my fortune when I had nothing to start with, by myself and my own ideas. Let other people do the same thing. If I lose everything in the collapse of our financial structure, I will start in at the beginning and build it up again.

-- Henry Ford, 11 Feb 1934

HT, The Political Inquirer

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December 01, 2008

Witherington on Piper...

Last Wednesday, Dr. Ben Witherington (Asbury Theological Seminary) posting a very fine, interesting response to a John Piper interview about the perceived arrogance and negativity of Calvinists.  Having been raised in, studied in, and served in Calvinistic circles for many years before coming to Lutheranism, I found some of Dr. . . .

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November 24, 2008

Luther on the Danger of Public Praise

In many liturgical Christian circles, the rites of Morning Prayer or Matins often begin with these words from Psalm 51:

O Lord, open my lips,

and my mouth will declare your praise.

As innocent as this invocation may sound, Luther suggests that there is quite a bit more to David's request than may first meet the eye. . . .

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November 18, 2008

Questions on the Economy and the Bailout

OK, I need help understanding the current state of the economy and how the proposed bailout will help make things better.  Once again I freely admit to being an engineer and a theologian, not a politician nor an economist...with that in mind, I have been mulling over the following thoughts and am looking for an education.  Here . . .

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November 18, 2008

Walther on the Crucifixion

The crucifixion, which ended with the triumphant cry, "It is finished" (John 19.30), was the offering of the all-sufficient sacrifice for the atonement of all sinners.  The Man on the cross was the Lamb of God, who bears the sins of the world to carry them away from the face of God.  The salvation of the whole world . . .

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November 17, 2008

Our New Space Program

When people ask what I'm involved in at NASA, I usually tell them, "the Space Shuttle, the International Space Station, and Constellation."  The last answer usually draws a blank stare, as NASA (IMO) hasn't done a very good job publicizing or creating public interest in our next efforts in space--a return to the moon. . . .

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November 16, 2008