Wednesday, November 23, 2016

It's not even Winter yet. Where Did All The Snowflakes Come From?

The reason all those cream-puffs, snowflakes, and panty-waist millennials can't cope with the disappointment of Hillary's defeat is because their generation has never experienced any kind of competition. They played football and baseball where no one ever kept score. They played musical chairs where the number of chairs matched the number of players. They got participation awards for every event in their lives. Their graduating class had 16 Valedictorians. (I heard of one school that gave children faked report cards with good grades and sent the real grades to the parents so their sensitive little feelings wouldn't be hurt.) They have been programmed to believe that everyone is a winner.

So this most recent election cycle may have been the first time in their lives, that they have experienced a competition where there is actually a real winner and (the L word) a LOSER.


Perhaps they would feel better if that mean old Trump could share his presidency with the loser, Hillary. They could move into the Whitehouse together and they could be Co-Presidents. Then everyone could feel special.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The Church Needs Hardnosed Pastors With Big Hammers

Brethren, the time has come, once again, for the Church and her preachers to take heart and play the part of men in the face of the world’s whirling winds. We will need the steadfastness of John. Congregations need pastors who will dare to preach to them, not merely opine. Pastors
who, like John, will look their people in the eyes and tell them the truth about sin, faith, death, sex, marriage, faithfulness, virtue, and truth; who will call sin “sin,” and point sinners to Jesus, the Lamb of God who takes away their sins; the Lamb hidden for them to eat in the bread and the chalice. We need the ministry of John, that the Church dare to stand apart from the world for the sake of the world; to look, speak, and act differently from every other place in the world for the sake of engaging the world with a Gospel not of this world. We all need Pastor John’s preaching in our lives, to bulldoze our idols and make plain to us our priorities. To call us out into the wilderness to repent and believe our Baptism. To give us a joy for which we will gladly lose our heads.

Joshua Hayes
Gottensdienst 24.4