2015 Walk-Run-Ride For Life

It's that time again! The Assist Pregnancy Center's Walk-Run-Ride for Life is on April 18th. Once again, Saint Athanasius has a team participating in this event. CLICK HERE to go to my sponsor page - but you do not have to sponsor me! Scroll down a little and click on the "My Team" tab and sponsor anyone on Team Athanasius! Thanks for your support, but more importantly, thanks for helping moms and babies who are in need, and in preventing abortions. Your help really means a lot. It really does.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Athanasian in the News

A gentleman in my congregation suffered a massive heart attack some three (or maybe it was four!) weeks ago. It's been a long road to recovery, but he is doing much better now. I mention it because his story was featured on the local news tonight - the officer that helped save him was given an award. Click here to watch the story. It's nice to get good news sometimes.  :-)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


So, yesterday was St. Patrick's Day, yes, but it was also my father's 91st birthday! So happy birthday Dad! Here's a picture taken by my daughter with her new camera, of him with his cake (chocolate with chocolate icing!):

On Monday I also went ice skating with my (younger) daughter. She's been taking lessons and wanted some rink time to practice what she's been learning. It was fun and I am glad I did so, even though I continue to wrestle with doing things like this. I guess because it's fun I think that instead of spending some time on a Monday having fun, I should be working. But I need to remember that I need to give my time to my family as much as I give my time to others. And my family makes many sacrifices for me and for me to spend time with others. So it was good. I just need to remind myself of that!

So a good day, Monday was. :-)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Rome v. Luther Today

A day or so ago I listen to Cardinal Timothy Dolan's sermon from this past Sunday. He used the reading from Exodus 20 as his text - the Ten Commandments. If you want to listen to it, click here. But let me just briefly tell you what he said: Law. All law. Nothing but law. It was "happy law" to be sure! He made it sound really good and that yup, you can do it!

Compare that to this following reading from Luther, based upon what Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 1: "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief."

Luther: Ponder on this text and diligently arm yourself so that you will be prudent at all times - not only if your conscience is clear (apart from the struggle with your conscience), but also and particularly, when you have to contend with death and you are confronted with the greatest perils and dangers. This is when your conscience will be reminding you of the sins you have committed and it will be in a state of horror. Satan will appear before you as a mighty power and his intention will be to overwhelm you with the great burden of your sins flooding into your mind like a huge deluge. Satan will try to scare you away from Christ and will also try to chase you away from Him so that you will end up in despair. I say: "Remember that Christ did not offer Himself up for invented or exaggerated sins but for real sins - not for small insignificant sins but for great and coarse sins, and not just for a couple of sins here and there, but for all the sins of the world, not for sins that have been overcome and eliminated, but for scarlet and powerful sins that have still not been dispensed with."

Quite a difference!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

I Need Someone in St. Louis . . .

. . . to contact the GM of the St. Louis Rams and tell him to go to confession, 'cause he just stole a quarterback from the Eagles. If he needs suggestions of a church to go to, tell him to contact me - I can give him the names of a few . . .

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Did Noah Eat Bacon?

So I was thinking the other day . . . when reading the story of Noah in Genesis, after the flood when Noah and all the animals get off the ark, God says to Noah: "Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything" (Genesis 9:3). So while a distinction was made between clean and unclean animals when Noah got into the ark, no such distinction is made here when giving Noah meat to eat as food. It is only then much later - when God establishes Israel as a nation and gives them the Tabernacle as they live amidst people with false gods and false worship - is the prohibition against eating some kinds of meats established. Now, we know that when Jesus came all of these civil and ceremonial laws were fulfilled and no longer in force - but doesn't this give extra foundation for this? That (apparently? possibly?) all the people of God between Noah and when the people of Israel came up out of Egypt ate anything and everything? Including bacon? Hmmm . . .

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Strange Noise . . .

Ok, so I get up this morning and make my way down to my study in the basement. To do so I walk past the laundry room and hear the water running. Strange. Sounds like the washing machine, but it's early so no one up but me. The water noise is coming from the sump pump hole.

Oh no.

For those of you who do not have sump pumps, let me tell you this: there is no good scenario for what is happening at this point. None. Nada. This is bad no matter how you slice it.

So I gently move the cover to the sump hole and water starts squirting out. Okay, it just got worse. Images of my basement flooding are running through my head. So I unplug the pump and remove the cover . . . and thankfully, the water is not running out of the hole. This is probably the best case scenario! One of the couplings connecting the pump output to the output pipe had come loose and the water was squirting out of there. But what caused it to all of a sudden come loose?

I grab some buckets and bail the water out of the hole. It is as warm as bath water! Our pump must have been running quite some time. My guess is that with all of our extremely cold weather, the line has frozen somewhere and the pump just kept running and running, trying to push out the water until the coupling came apart under the pressure. Then the pump kept pumping but the water never left the hole, i.e. infinite loop.

So, I'll keep an eye on it for now and see what happens. Reminds me of another story when I heard water running in the middle of the night . . . but that's a story for another day. :-)

UPDATE: Confirmed line was clogged (and assumed frozen), so ran a new, temporary line to the waste sink in the laundry room. So now the water can get pumped out until the spring thaw, when I'll remove the temporary line and reattach the permanent one. (My wife will just have to watch her step until then!) And now I'll have the emergency line ready for it this ever happens again.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Good Quote

Adam and Eve tried to separate God's Word from the tree. God saves them and the world by making sure His Word is stuck to the tree.

~ Rev. Mark Beutow, Higher Things devotion