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On Politics and Being a Pastor’s Wife

By idaflo | October 26th, 2010 | 2 Comments » 

Man and Woman with subtext: "Why tell us about it?"

How can a pastor’s wife be so political? First, I come by it organically; my family is devotedly Republican, thus my roots. People I love and deeply respect have become involved politically, and they have made a difference. Real experience has not jaded my perspective.
But why me? Don’t I fear being divisive and offending people at church? Sure, that is a concern. But I make no apologies any more. (Even though I don’t “talk politics” at church. I AM careful.)
But again, why?
When we moved to California, I attended a few community Republican meetings, to ‘take the temperature’ and see what was being said and done in the state and her GOP. Read More »

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Report from the Front: “Mere Functionalism” and Women’s ordination

By idaflo | July 7th, 2010 | No Comments » 

Touchstone headerFor those seeking to understand why we don’t ordain women into the pastoral ministry, and

From the ongoing battle of Christianity against egalitarianism . . . .(Posted by S. M. Hutchens)

A friend referred me to an article where once again the familiar argument for women’s ordination had been made by what I referred to in my response to her on purely functionalist grounds: women can perform all the necessary actions of ordained ministry as well as men–a point fully agreed to by C. S. Lewis, by the way, in “Priestesses in the Church?”–so it is irrational to deny them ordination.  What term, my friend asked, should we use as the orthodox antithesis to “functionalism,” particularly with regard to the preaching and teaching office we understand as peculiar to men?….(continue article )

Thanks to Paul T. McCain for pointing out article.

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What Comes after Postmodernism? An Evolving Culture (From BREAKPOINT)

By idaflo | June 26th, 2010 | No Comments » 

Postmodernism, meet Pseudo-modernism Wow – Great insights here.

Chet Huntley, David Brinkley on old TVBy: Gary D. Robinson|Published: May 27, 2010

I remember seeing The Incredibles with my son when the film came out. I sighed afterwards, commenting to Alexander, “I’m tired of irony.”

Little did I realize that, even in 2004, irony was not only on its way out, it was being carried out in a casket….(continue reading here)

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Black Bread and Leadership in the LCMS by Uwe Siemon-Netto

By idaflo | May 19th, 2010 | No Comments » 

Photo of Uwe Siemon-NettoWanted: A Chief Distributor of Black Bread


Martin Luther called the Gospel Schwarzbrot, meaning black bread, which he considered the most nourishing fare. Luther’s metaphor is magnificent in that it addresses the nutritional value of this spiritual kind of bread. It’s called Heilsgewissheit, or certainty of salvation. It frees the believer to roll up his sleeves and manage the challenges of secular life in the left-hand kingdom, as we Lutherans say.

I cannot think of any period in history when this message has been more pertinent than now….(article continues here)

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