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Atlantis: the domain of the Stingray
25Jan
2010
Mon
21:21
author: Stingray
category: My Ramblings
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Nice Video

worth the watch, especially if you're lcms

18:40
author: Stingray
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Be Careful if You Come to Colorado

Be Careful

Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of reasons to come to Colorado. The mountains are beautiful. The view of the mountains from the plains is amazing. We're here (a little self-indulgent, but okay).

But, I haven't seen this many commercials for personal injury attorneys since...ever! The next closest would have to be in St. Louis, where I think there might have been a greater variety of PI attorney commercials. There may be fewer PI attorneys here, but every other or every third commercial has to be for the four or five firms that are in this area (that serve this area). They really want your business when you get into an accident...REALLY want it (so much so that in one commercial, the attorney flies to the accident site in a helicopter). In fact, they make it seem as if they will win you money even if you're at fault.

So, when you come to Colorado, be careful. Be extra careful to avoid collisions.

AMBULANCE CHASERS!

24Jan
2010
Sun
19:28
author: Stingray
category: Sermons
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Third Sunday after the Epiphany of Our Lord

Luke 4:16-30

In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

I often wonder what it would be like if I were to return to my "home" congregation as a guest preacher.

For a little bit of background, I'll say what I can without trying to boast, because I don't want to boast about it. My grandparents were long-time residents in the Tampa area. My grandmother, in fact, other than spending some time in Virginia after marrying my grandfather, has only ever lived in the Tampa area. They lived there at at time when there was only one Missouri Synod congregation in town. Through the 80s, just about every Missouri Synod congregation since had its origins in my grandparents' house. To say that the Wagner name is known among the Tampa churches claiming to be Lutheran is an understatement.

19:15
author: Stingray
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Can I Say That I Look Forward to Voters' Assemblies Now?

Can I?

Seriously, can I? I have never been to one like the one at church today, either as a layman or as a member of the clergy. It was simply amazing and cordial and efficient and long (but that's okay!).

20Jan
2010
Wed
22:33
author: Stingray
category: Links
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If you're one of the few who used to listen to Issues, Etc. and wondered where it went following its "cancellation," wonder no further. I present to you (after about 10 months of it being "on the air") Pirate Christian Radio. Pirate Christian Radio

PCR was started by Rev. Wilkin after he was—well, let's be plain and blunt—fired from KFUO by the LCMS. It hosts the Issues, Etc. program, among many other solid, Lutheran programs. There are also a few actual radio stations that broadcast Issues, Etc., but they are in so few markets. In any event, listen to PCR, for more than just Issues, Etc.; it's all good programming. If you're having trouble listening to the webcast from the PCR page, try their Live365 page. Issues, Etc. airs weekdays from 4pm to 6pm, eastern, on PCR.

Alternatively, you can find Issues, Etc. at their own page: issuesetc.org. You can find the list of radio stations that air Issues, Etc.. More importantly (impressively?), you can find a backlog of previously aired episodes (found in segments). Give them a listen; find a segment with a subject that interests you.

List of links:

14Jan
2010
Thu
21:11
author: Stingray
category: My Ramblings
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To Leno or To O'Brien

my take on the night-time comedy talk shows

Who doesn't know the drama going on at NBC? Seriously, who doesn't know?

This is a short synopsis of events, as I have heard them:

11Jan
2010
Mon
10:09
author: Stingray
category: Sermons
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Baptism of Our Lord

Luke 3:15-22, Luke 3:1-9, John 1:19-27

In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

It doesn't take long in the Christ-half of the Church year for the boy Jesus to grow up. It was just a mere week ago that we marveled at the 12 year-old Jesus in the temple. Just four days ago, the church observed Epiphany, and regressed about 10 years to when Jesus would have been no more than 2 years old, when he was visited by sages from the east.