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Passengers

Augustine wrote that Christians are ideally in the world but not of it. The fallen world is not the Christian’s true home. For the 5000 (plus crew) prospective colonists hibernating aboard a mammoth spaceship in the film, Passengers (2016), the planet Earth was presumably not their true home—or maybe that home was becoming climatically rather untenable and the 5000 were lucky souls heading for a new, unspoiled home.


The entire essay is at “Passengers.”

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Aimee & Jaguar

Aimee & Jaguar(1999) is a film based on a true story centering on Felice, a Jewish woman who lived in Berlin until 1944 and belonged to an underground lesbian, anti-Nazi (spying) organization. To be a Jewish lesbian in Nazi Germany cannot have been an easy life, with possible catastrophe just around the corner on any given day.  In the film, Felice becomes romantically involved with Lilly, a mother of four and wife to a Nazi solder who is fighting at the eastern front. The film is essentially a love story between the two women. I want to draw out some of the ethical issues raised in the film—with the love story serving as my critique of two ethical theories—utilitarianism and duty-based ethics—that are implied in the film.  

The full essay is at “Aimee & Jaguar.”

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18th Sunday After Trinity, 2016. A Church Loses Its First Love. Divine Service, Scripture.

18th Sunday after Trinity St. Peter Lutheran Church Revelation 2:1-7 September 25, 2016 “A Church Loses Its First Love”   Iesu iuva   There is a reason why so many songs and poems speak about the experience of falling in love.  Love is powerful, intoxicating.  It almost makes someone new.  It changes the expression of […]

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HUMP DAY THOUGHTS: “LOVE DOES”

“God is love, and He loves you greatly.”

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Love as a State of Being. Trinity 1, 2016. 1 John 4:16-21

First Sunday after Trinity St. Peter Lutheran Church 1 John 4:16-21 May 29, 2016 “Love as a State of Being”   Iesu Iuva   There is a story that has stuck with me my whole life. It wasn’t one I read in college when I was supposed to be reading “great literature”. I think it […]

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Puppy and Kitten Update

Today’s puppy & kitten update unfotunately brings sad news. One of Sky’s kittens, poor little CC, who was born up in and had to be rescued from our basement ceiling, passed away during the night despite our best efforts to help him (which included giving him kitten formula with an eye dropper because he was … Continue reading Puppy and Kitten Update

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Surprise! KITTENS!

Three weeks ago, our dogs had puppies. One year ago, as some readers may recall, hubby rescued two feral kittens from getting crushed by construction equipment at his job. The kittens, Sky and Slatey, have grown up. Slatey got big, and we thought (hoped) that Sky had simply gotten fat. Yesterday, Sky showed us that … Continue reading Surprise! KITTENS!

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Puppies of the Resistance!

Last August, hubby brought home a white Siberian Husky who needed a home. Her name is Bellah and she has beautiful ice blue eyes. Our dog Oreo (a Dalmation/Lab mix) immediately fell in love with her and finally learned some doggy manners in an effort to impress Bellah. Oreo’s efforts eventually paid off as winter’s … Continue reading Puppies of the Resistance!

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GROOVY KIND’a LOVE

What speaks love to your husband? The way you speak love to your husband is to respect him. What does that mean? It means:
•you don’t talk to him like you are his mother.
•you choose to speak to him in a way that honors him (you know, the way you talked to him when you were trying to win him as your love).
•put on Love

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Koko the Gorilla Meets Mr. Rogers

Koko, a western lowland gorilla, learned over 1,000 signs from American Sign Language, and achieved a “sophisticated understanding” of spoken English.[1] Research has uncovered, moreover, that “gorillas may be capable of complex vocal behavior that def… . . . → Read More: Koko the Gorilla Meets Mr. Rogers

Koko the Gorilla Meets Mr. Rogers

Koko, a western lowland gorilla held in captivity, learned over 1,000 signs from American Sign Language, and achieved a “sophisticated understanding” of spoken English by the age of 44.[1] Research has uncovered, moreover, that “gorillas may be capable… . . . → Read More: Koko the Gorilla Meets Mr. Rogers

The U.S. Supreme Court on Gay Marriage: A Natural Right Deemed Fundamental over Opposing Ideology

On the day of the U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex-marriage decision, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton lamented that “the United States Supreme Court again ignored the text and spirit of the Constitution to manufacture a right that simply does not exist. In so doing, the court weakened itself and weakened the rule of law, but did nothing to weaken our resolve to protect religious liberty and return to democratic self-government in the face of judicial activists attempting to tell us how to live.”[1] Is it not self-evident, however, that deniers of a right newly recognized would view it as manufactured in the sense of being artificial? Presumably the right of free speech is not artificial, even though it is laid out on parchment rather than a natural right sans governmental recognition. In recognizing same-sex marriage as a right under the U.S. Constitution, the high court followed in the tradition wherein rights presuppose government. Even so, the Court’s justification arguably implies that the right is natural in the fullest sense—that is, being valid even in the state of nature even if political, moral, or religious ideology objects under juridical garb.


The full essay is at “Gay Marriage Decision.”


1. Ken Paxton, Opinion No. KP-0025, June 28, 2015.

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How Christians Should Love and Serve Sinners. Luther

You have often heard that it is our duty, for love’s sake, to serve our neighbor in all things. If he is poor, we are to serve him with our goods; if he is in disgrace, we are to cover him with the mantle of our honor; if he is a sinner, we are to […]

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Little Woman: Strong in Death and Love

Little Women (1994), based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott, can be thought of as a social history of civil-war-era New England—that is to say, the film captures what life must have been like on a daily basis. Yet the human predicament resonates and thus makes the film moving for viewers far removed from the world of the Marsh family in Concord, Massachusetts. In particular, the film confronts the viewer with the hard task of going on even with the emotionally heavy experience of loss.


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Little Woman: Strong in Death and Love

Little Women (1994), based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott, can be thought of as a social history of civil-war-era New England—that is to say, the film captures what life must have been like on a daily basis. Yet the human predicament resonates and thus makes the film moving for viewers far removed from the world of the Marsh family in Concord, Massachusetts. In particular, the film confronts the viewer with the hard task of going on even with the emotionally heavy experience of loss.


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Eeny Meeny- Choosing a Bible for Your Kid

Children’s brains are little sponges, waiting to absorb the truths about God’s great love for them. These stories teach our children that the Creator of the universe made them and loves them and is intimately involved in every detail of their lives. The stories reveal God’s faithfulness, his greatness, his goodness, and his grace.

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Got Grace? “Proof” Says that’s Enough

Martin Luther once commented that humanity after the fall is no longer able to imagine any way to be made right with God other than works. Our tendency by nature is to slip into the delusion that our standing before God somehow depends on what we do.

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A “Between Heaven and Earth” Perspective

We have this incredible inheritance that is guarded by God, and that should give us tremendous hope. It’s not going anywhere; it’s reserved for us. We should rest on the hope of this inheritance, not in the circumstances of this world. We can’t rest our hope in our bank account or our jobs.

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Sheila Walsh, The Storm Inside

There are three levels of reality, of truth, that you and I face each day and understanding each one of those will be a game-changer for us. There is the chaos of what we feel and the chaos that the enemy would stir up in us. If we focus on those two a… . . . → Read More: Sheila Walsh, The Storm Inside

The Story of Your Journey

There is a God in Heaven who is desperately longing for a relationship with me. The beautiful part is He loved us first, with no hesitation, and put all His cards on the table. The cross stands as a shameless display to win my affection. Continue readi… . . . → Read More: The Story of Your Journey