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  1. Linnea says:

    Another Friday night and we ain’t got nobody….isn’t that how it goes?

  2. j2theperson says:

    It’s summer. Maybe everyone is out enjoying themselves.

  3. Jean says:

    The Wedding Ring of Faith

    “By the wedding ring of faith he shares in the sins, death, and pains of hell which are his bride’s. As a matter of fact, he makes them his own and acts as if they were his own and as if he himself had sinned; he suffered, died, and descended into hell that he might overcome them all. Now since it was such a one who did all this, and death and hell could not swallow him up, these were necessarily swallowed up by him in a mighty duel; for his righteousness is greater than the sins of all men, his life stronger than death, his salvation more invincible than hell. Thus the believing soul by means of the pledge of its faith is free in Christ, its bridegroom, free from all sins, secure against death and hell, and is endowed with the eternal righteousness, life, and salvation of Christ its bridegroom.” – Martin Luther

  4. Michael says:

    We’ll be slow until school starts…

  5. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    School began last Monday here in Lake Havasu

  6. Dan from Georgia says:

    School beings here in GA in in early August. Back home in MN it begins the day after Labor Day. Quite the range.

  7. Jtk says:

    My folks go to a church “in the model of Andry Stanley’s church”

    What does that mean?
    To you obviously.
    ‘Ppreciate the help

  8. Michael says:

    I didn’t know there was anything distinctive about Stanley’s church…garden variety evangelical .

  9. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    I don’t know about Andy Stanley’s church (does it even have a name?) – but I like this article – even though it took harassment to bring it down – it is fair warning to American evangelical churches in general.

  10. Linnea says:

    Ah, the midwest still schedules school around harvest times so that children can help the family with the farm. I sang in a choir led by a Lutheran music director from Minnesota…he said that the Lutheran church there scheduled nothing in the summer because all hands were needed on deck in the farms. I kind of like that rhythm of life! One of my favorite books, by Gary Paulsen, who usually writes for young adults, was Clabbered Dirt, Sweet Grass. It was set in Minnesota in the glimpse of time when farmers were transitioning from more manual and horse-driven labor to tractors. He captures that change, through 4 seasons, and does it in such a way that you experience the all-consuming exhaustion of the farmer.

  11. Outside T. Fold says:

    I just saw a news story about an ex-KKK member who was at the Charlottesville rally a year ago. Photo on news story shows him in the water, being baptized.

    The person in this story was prominently featured in a documentary that’s streaming on Netflix: “White Right: Meeting the Enemy.” (approx 1 hour) A Muslim woman spends time with people currently involved with KKK/Nazi/Alt-right movement. She filmed at Charlottesville last year. Recommend it.

    The news story is “Ex-KKK member denounces hate groups one year after rallying in Charlottesville.” (story has a couple of short video clips)

    Remarkable transformation arising from basic human interaction with people that caused him to rethink his life.

    I keep thinking of the person who wrote the words to “Amazing Grace.” He was a human trafficker in the slave trade. And was saved by grace.

  12. j2theperson says:

    Wisconsin doesn’t schedule school around the harvest season. We schedule it around the tourist season. It’s a little obnoxious actually but public schools across the state are not allowed to start until September by law due to the lobbying of the tourist industry which wants to have access to high schoolers as seasonal employees.

  13. Linnea says:

    j2…now that makes me sad. I hail from Wisconsin originally, and while the Wisconsin Dells and North Woods were always big draws, I felt the state had a more rural feel then.

  14. Dan from Georgia says:

    j2theperson and Linnea…I’ve heard the same deal with school starting after Labor Day in MN…it’s by law due to vacations and tourism. Not sure if it’s true, but from my living in MN for the first 42 years of my life, I can attest that Minnesotans do value the summertime days very highly. Summertime being defined as Memorial Day through Labor Day.

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