21 April 2024

Well, that was crazy!

I know there are people who do this all the time, but this was my first time: I got up yesterday at 3:20 to catch a flight to Minneapolis in the morning, was the speaker for Confessio—Piety and the Lutheran Confessions—sponsored by Concordia University St. Paul, and then flew back home and arrived in Hamel just after 10:30 p.m. I am still wiped this morning! Oh, and I was greeted in Minneapolis by this icky white stuff that I thought we were done with!

It was a great day, though. Got to visit with so many folks, signed more books than I can remember, and sing Matins and Vespers and lots of great hymnody in a very live room. I told Pastor David Kind I’d like to lock him up and make him sing the Daily Office for me nonstop. Such a lovely instrument. Was great to catch up with Kay Kreklau, Dr. David Mennicke, Dr. Josh Hollmann, Dr. Brian Friederich, Dr. Michael Dorner, Pr. Jim Bannek, Nathan Rinne, Dr. Reed Lessing, and Pr. Dan Voth. Time was too short for more than quick visits, but I treasure each little interaction.  However, I MISSED my old friend, Pr. Don Kirchner (who was there). BUMMER. We connected by email after I left. Breakdown was about 1/3 students from CSP, 1/3 pastors and 1/3 lay folks. One thing I definitely learned: I’m too old to do this again! No more single day trips with flights on either end. Somewhat more than 150 folks attended.This morning I still feel totally wazzed. 

But speaking of being too old… The oddest thing happened as I waiting in line at the Starbucks at the airport for a cup of coffee. This old man came and stood behind me. He was clearly struggling a bit. Ended up needing to sit on a nearby stool. I held his place in line and we chatted a bit. Told me getting old isn’t for sissies. I smiled and then he told me he was 61. That’s several years younger than myself! I told Cindi I wished I had suggested carnivore to him, but I was so shocked I didn’t open my mouth about it. So sad to see folks in shape like that. I wish there were a way to send them all to Kerry (Homestead How Carnivore) on Youtube, or Dr. Ken Berry, or Dr. Anthony Chaffee. 


Hannah Aaberg said...

My husband and I were thrilled to be able to attend the retreat with only our youngest in tow. Such a delight learn from and sing with you. I was interested to read what Kleinig wrote about heavenly rewards, but Pr. Kind could not find it in his copy of Wonderfully Made and I didn't see it in my scan of Grace Upon Grace. Could you provide a more exact reference?

William Weedon said...

It’s in Wonderfully Made: https://books.apple.com/us/book/wonderfully-made/id1564496016

William Weedon said...

In my electronic edition, its on pp. 57, 58 “Welcome Judgment”

“Innocent people welcome judgment. They welcome it because they have a clear conscience; they know that they will be vindicated by any just judge. They have nothing to fear from any right court of law.
But that does not apply to us or any other human being with the risen Lord Jesus as our Judge. None of us is innocent; none is righteous in God’s sight (Rom 3:9–18). We have all rebelled against God and gone astray from his way in our life in the body. We all have a bad conscience about what we have done and what we are; we are all failures by God’s standards. Already in our conscience we experience God’s righteous judgment as he charges us with rebellion against him, discloses our sin, exposes our guilt, and sentences us to death. Paul puts this bluntly in Romans 6:23 when he says, “The wages of sin is death.” That’s the temporal and eternal consequence of our sin, the inevitable penalty of our rebellion against God, the source of life. We live, as it were, on death row. We live as people who have been sentenced to death. Even if we pretend that[…]”

Excerpt From
Wonderfully Made
John W. Kleinig
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William Weedon said...

It won’t let me paste the whole thing. It’s outstanding, though. And the book is an easy download on Apple’s Books or Kindle.