A Proposed Rule of Living, v 1.0

The Rule 1) Conduct and attend liturgical and doctrinally resonant services with timeless appeal. Educate yourself about the Liturgy and its continuity from Mosaic to Early Church to Reformation to today. 2) Frequent communion, weekly confession, daily catechesis and prayer are very beneficial. 3) Cultivate rich spiritual friendships. 4) Seek the positive. Best construction. Look…

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God is a Kentuckian…and He is merciful to Hoosiers as well.

Photo Description: William Faulkner’s face with a quote from his book The Sound and the Fury: “Ever since then I have believed that God is not only a gentleman and a sport; he is a Kentuckian too.” MYSTIC ALERT!!! Quite unorthodox, no? But if you ever visited my Commonwealth, you will see people in pursuit…

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Goodbye Wittenberg.

Simply put, I am walking away from the church body that harmed me psychologically. After 20 years of dedication, after years of being pressured to remain, I no longer am a member of a Missouri Synod Lutheran church. My spiritual director does not fully understand why I am leaving, so I will take the time…

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Your Family Altar: A WNM Addendum

(This can be a stand-alone article in many aspects– it can be read as a small window into Autistic spirituality, or as a guide for orthodox Lutherans on setting up holy space at home. However, this is meant to be a supplement to the Weep No More self-help guide.) In my guide, I suggested setting…

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Two feet on dry Wittenberg ground

My best friend and I were talking on the phone about a week ago. I ran out of my Rexulti and it was available for pickup the next day. So I felt very off. I told her that I was leaving the Lutheran Church for Orthodoxy. “You have been a voice for the Lutheran faith…

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On a Floating Raft, Leading to Nowhere?

The fecal matter hit the oscillating blade. Soon after my post on FB, I got notes and messages from both Confessionals and Orthodox converts from Lutheranism. I first have to ask myself: what are the various things going on in the Missouri Synod that made me uneasy? After that, what are the various things going…

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Swimming the Bosporus

From Facebook: Gentle people. I have an important announcement. I realise that I am burnt out totally from the Lutheran faith. I have learned various things the past several weeks. My time away from the spectre of Fort Wayne has been invigorating. I realise why I am in Kentucky. Not just to work for Churchill…

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Beseeching His Benevolence

I beseech Thy benevolence: heal the wounds of my soul, and enlighten the eyes of my mind that I may understand my place in Thine eternal design! –Ephraim the Syrian

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My Prayer Beads. Let me show you them.

In the Weep No More guide, I suggested using a small cross or a set of prayer beads for meditation during episodes of mental pain. You are probably thinking, are you flirting with Rome with that suggestion? Far from it! Prayer beads have been an aid to Christians for centuries, and even Lutherans during the…

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NEW ADDITIONS AND NOTES: Self-Care Guide

Yesterday, I spent all day writing a series of posts on Facebook about self-care during spiritual trauma. I felt that I have the happy obligation to help fellow sufferers with what I learned. There is so many things I want to touch on, like the subject of spiritual warfare and misconceptions due to popular concepts.…

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Boxes of Books: A New Chapter

It has been a year since Preggie moved to the nursing home. And now I’m downsizing, moving into a smaller home. I should be relieved that I will have less to worry. However, it means I must give away my theological books to a fieldworker. So I packed away my Loci Communes, the Chemnitz treatises,…

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Law and Gospel by Pr George Wollenburg

A pastor found my tribute post and it compelled me to look for any Youtube videos of Pr George. Found this one recently, now I wish there are more to collect onto the Annexe. I still have an issue of Concordia Pulpit Resources, with a sermon. I want to post it up here but there…

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Flashback Paper: Why Should the Fluffy Have All the Good Music?

Cleaning out my room, I’ve found this on a forgotten flash drive. It was for the final class I took at Ivy Tech, a college writing class. I thought my AP grade would excuse me from this general requirement. Nope. So I ended up in this class. I was pleasantly surprised at how I enjoyed…

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Potpourri of Links: Grace, Discipline, and a Spanish Movie

CAPTIVATED BY GRACE: The Steadfast Lutherans scored an interview with Tullian Tchividjian. Very good interview so far (and there will be more soon), and he gave credit to various theologians from our Synod, plus Bo Giertz. And we thought only seminarians read The Hammer of God. If I could speak to him, I would tell…

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Whispers of Heresy: Why Natural Revelation is Not Enough

If you rely on mystical and extraBiblical experiences based on Nature, you will not get the Gospel but the Law. Bees sting, animals eat each other, the rain will drench you and people will breathe their last, becoming maggot food. This is Natural Revelation, a God Who is angry and has let the world fall…

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