Friday, March 28, 2008

What "Everyman" Needs

The man in this excellent video clip from ER is "Everyman." What he needs is a real Lutheran pastor (not one of those fake ABLAZE! facilitator/admistrator thingies) to take him to the cross and the empty tomb -- that is, to take him to Baptism.

Will he be able to find one in the LCMS 10 years from now?

A consuming fire,
The glory of the LORD
burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire;
quenching the thirst from an eternal spring
The grace of the LORD,
A living water

He needs to hear the truth instead of a bunch of feel-good nonsense. He needs the work of God through Word & Sacrament rather than the work of men through their passion and good intentions.

3. Although the works of man always appear attractive and good, they are nevertheless likely to be mortal sins.
4. Although the works of God always seem unattractive and appear evil, they are nevertheless really eternal merits.
21. A theologian of glory calls evil good and good evil. A theologian of the cross calls the thing what it actually is.
[Heidelberg Theses #s 3,4, & 21:]

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