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Friday Five: What You Absolutely, Positively, Can't Leave Home Without

Singing Owl, one of the Revgals asks this for the Friday Five: what are the five things you simply must have when you are away from home? And why? Any history or goofy things, or stories?

We travel pretty light for road trips, as much as possible. Most have been trips to Rochester to see my daughter, granddaughter, and friends. However, next week at this time, the moving van will be here loading up everything for the biggest and most life altering road trip we've had in our five years of marriage--the trip to the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. One of the best parts of this particular trip is that it will begin on our 5th wedding annivarsary.

So much for background. Five things I simply must have when away from home:

1. Clothes--the why is pretty obvious.

2. Toiletries--deodorant, shampoo etc.--again an obvious why--who'd want to be around me?

3. A place to stay halfway through the trip. From our current home to Rochester we always broke the trip in Albany. I just c…

What could be more Lutheran?

Yesterday's gospel about the wheat and the weeds and letting both grow up together until the end lent itself to several interesting applications of the Lutheran understanding of faith. First there is the similarity in appearance of wheat and tares or weeds. They are nearly indistinguishable. The good and the bad, those following Christ and those who aren't, saints and sinners can be difficult to distinguish from each other. Luther spoke of Christians as being simultaneously saints and sinners. Ahhh how very Lutheran this illustration is.We often like to pigeonhole people as Christian or not, in or out of God's kingdom. There are various varieties of the true litmus test.
Only God knows the depth of one's heart. Today's sinner may be tomorrow's saint.

This parable demonstrates that it is God who will be the judge of one's faith and commitment or lack thereof. Each of us falls and gets back up in our Christian walk. There are times when I am grateful that jud…