Exactly why there had to be a ‘Good Friday’ in the first place…

Photo: Davenport residents upset over Good Friday change



 One week before the most solemn day in the Christian year, the city of Davenport, Iowa removed Good Friday from its municipal calendar, setting off a storm of complaints from Christians and union members whose contracts give them that day off.

Taking a recommendation by the Davenport Civil Rights Commission to change the holiday’s name to something more ecumenical, City Administrator Craig Malin sent a memo to municipal employees announcing Good Friday would officially be known as “Spring Holiday.”

“My phone has been ringing off the hook since Saturday,” said city council alderman Bill Edmond. “People are genuinely upset because this is nothing but political correctness run amok.”

Edmond said the city administrator made the change unilaterally and did not bring it to the council for a vote, a requirement for a change in policy.

“The city council didn’t know anything about the change. We were blind sided and now we’ve got to clean this mess up. How do you tell people the city renamed a 2,000 year old holiday?” said Edmond.

It didn’t take long for the city the resurrect the name Good Friday. Malin was overruled today and the words “Spring Holiday” disappeared.

Good Friday commemorates the day Jesus was crucified and died. Christians celebrate his resurrection the following Sunday, Easter.

The Civil Rights Commission said it recommended changing the name to better reflect the city’s diversity and maintain a separation of church and state when it came to official municipal holidays.

“We merely made a recommendation that the name be changed to something other than Good Friday,” said Tim Hart, the commission’s chairman. “Our Constitution calls for separation of church and state. Davenport touts itself as a diverse city and given all the different types of religious and ethnic backgrounds we represent, we suggested the change.”

News of the change could not have come at more significant time in the Christian calendar. News of the name change spread through the town on Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week, becoming a topic of conversation at church services throughout Davenport.

“If you deny the idea of Good Friday then you have to deny Easter,” Monsignor Robert Schmidt told ABC affiliate WQAD.

Hart said the commission had no plans to change the name of Easter Sunday, because it fell on a weekend and government offices were already closed. The commission, he said, discussed changing Christmas, but decided enough other religions celebrate Christmas too. Hart, however, could not name one.

The religious right has attacked town governments that have removed public Christmas displays, calling such practices a war on Christmas.”

City employees, beginning with local police, feared the name change would violate their union contracts with the city, which specifies Good Friday as an official municipal holiday. Employees that work city holidays are paid time and a half.



Nothing…absolutely nothing, shocks me or surprises me anymore.



Palm Sunday

We remember this day as the day we welcomed our King , who came riding into town on the back of a donkey.Palm Sunday in Ajijic by uteart

We gave him a pretty good welcome.

It was less than a week later that we would call for his execution.

I say “we” because of the way I have comported my life and because I know my self, and my heart. I’m not so sure that I would not have been one of those that called for the release of Barabbas, instead of Jesus.




Luther on ‘faith’

Martin Luther by Teeces

“Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that the believer would stake his life on it a thousand times.  This knowledge and confidence in God’s grace makes men glad and bold and happy in dealing with God and with all creatures. And this is the work which the Holy Spirit performs in faith” (LW 35:370-71).

“I believe that by my own reason or strength I cannot believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to him. But the Holy Spirit has called me through the gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, and sanctified and preserved me in true faith, just as he calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth. . . . In this Christian church he daily and abundantly forgives all my sins, and the sins of all believers, and on the last day he will raise me and all the dead and will grant eternal life to me and to all who believe in Christ” (Small Catechism, BC, Tappert 345).

“The Holy Spirit is no skeptic, and it is not doubts and opinions that he has written on our hearts but assertions more sure and certain than life itself and all experience” (LW 33:24).

“In short, enthusiasm clings to Adam and his descendants from the beginning to the end of the world. It is a poison implanted and inoculated in man by the old dragon, and it is the source, strength, and power of all heresy, including that of the papacy and Mohammed.  Accordingly, we should and must maintain that God will not deal with us except through his external Word and sacrament. Whatever is attributed to the Spirit apart from such Word and sacrament is of the devil” (Smalcald Articles III/VIII/9-10; BC Tappert 313).



CCCXXVI by The New Paradigm

The kingdoms of this world will pass away.

Only God’s Kingdom will last forever.




The only true freedom that we have and that we can count on, is the freedom found in the Savior, and in Him alone.

All else is fleeting.



Luther and Cranach

Our good friend Howard Nowlan is looking for some good resources for information on the association between Martin Luther and Lucas Cranach.Lucas Cranach the Elder by pierpontmorgan

If anyone out there knows of some good books, or web sites regarding the relationship between these two men, could you please leave that info. here for Howard.

Or, if you prefer, you can get a hold of Howard through his website at http://wwwjustifiedsinner.blogspot.com/.

 Thank you!



The Lord’s Supper

Pastor Ernie Lassman of  Messiah-Lutheran-Church  in Seattle, WA  teaches about the Lord’s Supper .





Anything here that maybe you never realized before?


Anything here that you believe Pastor Lassman is getting wrong?




PS- This is a bible study…not a sermon.  There is a difference (or ought be).

Would anyone care to explain the difference?





A differnt kind of worship service (for many)

I think this is a very well done video. 


I’d like to look into what it would take to have something like this done for the congregation of which I am a member.


Question for non-Lutherans, ‘Does this church creep you out with all the traditional worship practices that are shown in the video?’

‘Is it too counter-cultural for you…too Catholic looking?’

‘Would you ever consider going to a worship service at a church like this?’




Hat tip to Curtis over at  The-Lutheran-Baptist.

Thank you, Curtis!