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Woke in the WELS: Mike Novotny's pronouns are mark/avoid

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Yes, Mike, it is. I wish I could say that Pastor Novotny spends ten minutes beating around the bush to get to the correct answer, but if that were the case I wouldn't be posting it as Woke in the WELS. Pastor Novotny ultimately says somewhere around the seven minute mark that you can't transition your gender. It is a sin to choose your own gender. This is correct. However, Pastor Novotny equivocates on the question of using a chosen pronoun. Around 2:25 he says "Preferred pronouns, attending [gay] weddings like that, these are issues where I really think the Christians who love the truth of the Bible and love of Jesus might end up in different places." Not right places, not wrong places, different places. He frames this in terms of the supposed quandary "[H]ow do we decide whether this is the time to be bold with the truth or to patiently love someone and deepen a relationship?" which is repeated more verbosely to close out the video. Pastor Novotny makes a

Big, if true!

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I'm behind on my BHoP but I just listened to Episode 222 - wherein they answered a listener question submitted by a Pastor Mark Schroeder who identifies himself as 70 years old ... does the WELS synod president listen to BHoP? Big, if true!

The devil put dinosaurs here

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   (* there is no Alice in Chains without Layne Staley. Don't do drugs, kids.) This post is going to investigate one of the arguments made by Dr. Arthur A. Eggert in an article entitled "Genesis 1 and Science" published in the Wisconsin Lutheran Quarterly, Vol 117, No. 4 (Fall 2020). As this article is subject to copyright, I will not reproduce it in full, but I'll excerpt a few paragraphs under fair-use. Overall the article is a fair articulation of the Lutheran young-earth-creationist (but I repeat myself) position with a number of "Science Background Notes" which pull in information regarding radiation, tectonic plates and such. The only thing I quibble with (well, ok there's two things, the other being that he doesn't capitalize pronouns referring to God) is his explanation of the fossil record. Quoting his "Science Background Note 11":  " To scientists , soil and fossils are closely related. Each of them is the product of the deat

Yakko knows Baptism

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HR 6090

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H.R.6090  was passed on May 1, 2024. This bill criminalizes speech which can be characterized as antisemitic, as defined by the  International Holocaust Rememberance Alliance  or IHRA, a lobbying group. The definition is not provided in the bill and may be changed in the future by the IHRA. Besides the obvious implications to free speech, this has grave theological concerns. One of the classifications of antisemitic speech by the IHRA is Using the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (e.g., claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterize Israel or Israelis. This means portion of the Bible, for instance 1 Thessalonians 2:14-15 "For you, brothers, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea. For you suffered the same things from your own countrymen as they did from the Jews, who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out, and displease God and oppose all mankind by hindering us from speaking to the Gent

and with thy spirit...

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AI Jesus in Forward in Christ

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So it has been found out that Forward in Christ has been using stock AI photos for the last few covers of their magazine. You can find a vigorous discussion on the WELS Discussions Facebook page. The following two images are from the March and April covers. I made an account with Adobe Stock to download the full resolution images. My license limits me to 500k views, so don't go blowing this post up :) So let us take a closer look at these photos. March has Jesus praying in what ostensibly appears to be the Mount of Olives. But look at those hands. I think there are three of them - maybe it's a hidden message of the Triune nature of God, but most like it's the fact that AI has yet to successfully traverse the uncanny valley .  April is more interesting. Let us start with the obvious - the resurrected Christ has no nail marks in His hands or feet. The AI could not contextualize that the risen Christ was also the crucified Christ. But then let's take a closer look at His

The strongman running its race...

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Fashionably late as always, here are a few photos I took of the eclipse using my wife's DSLR through a small telescope.

WELS Women's "Ministry" Conference, Part 3: "The Power of Partnership"

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  Our final post in the WELS  Women's "Ministry" Conference series will look at the presentation " The Power of Partnerships " with Dr. Kristi Meyer & Rev. Eric Schroeder. Let's read along with the description, shall we? Many congregations have vibrant and thriving women’s ministries: natural places for female congregation members to volunteer and get involved. Female congregation members. Where I come from, we call them women. However, it can be difficult for women to participate in and contribute to other aspects of a church’s ministry, especially if the congregation’s governance model follows a typical male-only board structure. Ahhh, we've found a way to sex up governance models . In these situations, partnerships are key—partnerships among all congregation members but especially partnerships between female members and their pastors. The reason Dr. Meyer is presenting is because she has a M.A. in Theological Studies from MLC. Her thesis paper is