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From the February issue of Metro Lutheran (Twin Cities area monthly):

Pastor cuts short liturgy to view kickoff
But all is not as it seems

Bob Hulteen / January 16, 2014

Heading into the NFL championship weekend, a possible controversy over the collision of two Sunday mainstays began to receive national attention. The Rev. Tim Christensen of Gold Hill Lutheran Church, Butte, Montana, presided over a short liturgy and announced that he was leaving the sanctuary in order to watch his favorite football team, the San Francisco 49ers, play in a divisional championship game against the Carolina Panthers. A video of the one-minute worship service uploaded to the congregation’s Facebook page immediately went viral.

At the 11 a.m. service, Christensen is seen walking from the sacristy, asking the congregation, "Would you like to be forgiven for your sins?” After voices are heard in affirmation, he continues, "Okay, great. You are.”

The pastor then says, "There’s some bread and some wine up here on the table. You feel free to help yourself.”


As it turns out, the website Mashable, citing a source within the congregation, is reporting that the Facebook post was a prank, with "the entire congregation … in on it and [Christensen] held a full service right after that.”
Saturday October 26, 2013 In Dinkytown, a musical group was performing on the sidewalk. Turned out to be a missionary group.

Their literature included a listing of U of MN area churches. (Actually, only Minneapolis Campus ones.) Not nearly a complete list; only the theologically correct ones. Which did not include Catholic or Lutheran churches. And except for one Baptist church, none whose names identified them as belonging to any mainstream Protestant denomination.

***At Southeast Library, I returned books and picked up books being held.

***Comments of comment:
thnidu, 10/25, on LiveJournal: "How about Unitarians?" Not mentioned. I think it's unlikely the Orthodox churches would consider Unitarian Universalists to be Christians.

Don Fitch, 10/26, on LiveJournal: "I'm not sure about the ins and outs of Church Politics, and don't know much more about the Greek churches than I've picked up by way of some years of attending the annual Festivals at St. Nectarios', here in Covina, but my impression is that the operative word is not 'Greek', but 'Orthodox'. I suppose a certain number of Greek immigrants adopted 'American-sounding' family names, either originally or in the course of time, but some members of the congregation are likely to be Armenian, Russian, Serbian, and possibly Coptic or Anglo-Catholic, depending (I think) on how the various local Bishoprics stand on inter-Communion & ecumenism."

Some of the non-Greek names are Scandinavian and German. My guess: in most cases, the wife took the husband's name and the husband the wife's religion.

There are Armenian, Russian, Ukrainian, Romanian, and Serbian Orthodox churches in the Twin Cities area. And The Orthodox Church in North America.

"(I have no knowledge whatsoever, but sometimes indulge in fascinated speculation on the possible involvement of the Maronite Church here -- it's one of the Patriarchies of the Eastern Rite/Orthodox Church(), but has long had a close relationship with (and under) the Bishop of Rome.)"

Minneapolis has Maronite, Byzantine, and Ukrainian Catholic churches.

The Liberal Catholic Church of St. Francis is descended from a group which split off because it found some of Vatican I's results unbearable.

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BANNED BECAUSE: Banned on request of DARPA, who are trying to use epidemiology of Pre-Traumatic Stress Disorder to predict the course of future conflicts. Lobbying to overturn ban by “Future Veterans of the Pakistani War” thus far ineffective.

***From Twitter:

Mental Floss ‏@mental_floss In the 1890s, the University of Nebraska football team was called the Bugeaters.
Question for members of organized religions: In a future year, there are one thousand of your co-religionists on Mars. How would they be organized?
Thursday August 8, 2013 Adult Children Anonymous meeting. (Adult Children of Alcoholic and Otherwise Dysfunctional Families Anonymous.)

One poster on the meeting place's wall quoted a sermon John Robinson gave to Pilgrims in 1620:

"We limit not the truth of God to our poor reach of mind
To notions of our day and place, crude partial, and confined
No, let a new and better hope within our hearts be stirred,
There is yet more light and truth to break forth from God's Holy Word."

The Dumbest Candidate Ever?
Stephanie Banister, of the Australian One Nation movement "did her campaign no favors" in a television interview, "mistaking Islam for a country, confusing haram with Koran and drawing a blank on the nationwide disability scheme," the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

She also claimed that ''Jews follow Jesus Christ''.

From Twitter:
William Brazill ‏@InstantFiction
He moved like a polo player, she thought, a man used to commanding a mount and scoring. It thrilled her that he might see her as a goal.
[Not the best romance writing I've seen.]

GlenHiemstra ‏@GlenHiemstra
Modafinil - the time-shifting drug - would you stay awake for 40 hours straight if there were no side effects?

inhabitat ‏@inhabitat
Find out why this school district in Texas plans to start micro-chipping their students