Saturday, December 6, 2008

I'm addresses that is!

Hello everyone!  I'm moving operations over to a different home.  Please check out:
www [dot] starbocho [dot] com

See you there!


Monday, November 17, 2008

Great Gerhard Forde Quote

"My thesis," Forde wrote, "is that Lutherans to be true to their identity...should become even more radical proponents of the tradition that gave them birth and has brought them thus far...Let us be radicals...radical preachers and practitioners of the gospel by justification by faith without the deeds of the law.  We should pursue it to the radical depths already plumbed by St. Paul, especially in Romans and Galatians, when he saw that justification by faith without the deeds of the law really involves and announces the death of the old being and the calling forth of the new in hope.  We stand at a crossroads.  Either we must become more radical about the gospel, or we would be better off to forget it altogether."  --Lutheran Quarterly Spring of 1987

Bach Collegium

Yesterday, the Bach Collegium of Fort Wayne performed at Trinity Episcopal Church downtown.  Their performance was marvelous.  It was a program of music through the years as they gave tribute to famous Fort Wayne musicians.  I just can't stop talking about the Brahms piece they did...what a wonderful piece.  It was a funeral hymn and I want it at my committal.  Wow!  I was happy to see many of my friends from the seminary who are in the choir this year... And I still  remember many singers from my time with the Collegium two years ago. 

Kudos to Daniel Reuning and the whole Bach Collegium for a fine job!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


We went to Akron to see my mom today. Yesterday was her birthday and she is recovering from Rotator Cuff surgery from a few weeks back. It was good to see her and I'm happy to report she is on the mend. AND the sun was shining in Ohio!

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Northern Illinois in Sconny

I've been in Racine, WI this week with the Eastern Region of the NID. It has been a wonderful time with good brothers in the ministry. The DeKovan Center on Lake Michigan has been wonderful. Dr. Korey Mass spoke yesterday on Christian Apologetics. Sadly, I must depart. . . But joy of joys, I can't wait to see my wife. God bless the NID!

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Northern Illinois Pastors' Conference (Korey Mass)

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Sunday, October 5, 2008

iPhone Applications

So I'm trying out some new apps and now I can blog from my iPhone. Look for photos and such on my next trip! Have a great Sunday!

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Florida and Georgia

For the past couple of days I've been in Daytona Beach, Florida for the annual Florida/Georgia District President's Convocation.  I have a great booth showing off the wears of the seminary to the great pastors and teachers of the FL/GA district.  The Atlantic Ocean has been extra troubled, but today the wind subsided.  Today is the last day for the exhibitors so I'll head back to Indiana tomorrow.  Kudos to the people of the FL/GA district for running a great program.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Go Bulldogs!

For the past few days, we have been in Seward, Nebraska on the campus of Concordia University.  The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod's Commission on Worship sponsored a conference on Liturgy, Music, and Hymnody.  It has been a great conference...and I want to say kudos to the staff of Concordia.  Every interaction with them has been pleasant and above average.  I haven't been in Seward since I was in college and then I was a student at Concordia River Forest (Chicago).  I'm glad to have come back to visit for this event...and of course, Nebraska is the "Good Life!"  

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away...

Blessed be the name of the Lord!  Just on the heels of welcoming Rhys Padraig McDermott to the Kingdom of God, we mourned the passing of Vivian Anastasia Gregory from this veil of tears to the Glory of our Heavenly Father's arms.  Vivian was only about 7 months old.  She spent her whole earthly life in Parkview Hospital's NICU.  Her funeral took place at Kramer Chapel on the campus of Concordia Theological Seminary this past Monday morning.  Pastor David Petersen's sermon can be found on the Redeemer Web site, click here to read it.  The Lord is good and works all things to the good of his name.  We rejoice in the hope of the resurrection.  The same that marked Rhys and Vivian both upon their mind and upon their heart in their baptism.  They are redeemed by Christ the Crucified.  And they LIVE!  We live... Blessed be the name of the Lord.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Baptism in Sign

In just a couple of days, the church will welcome with our Lord, Rhys Padraig McDermott into the Kingdom of God.  I'm blessed to be the one to perform the baptism.  It will take place at Zion Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne...AND there will be Deaf at the service, so I'll be signing the liturgy as we go.  It should be really cool.  If you are in Fort Wayne come and greet Rhys.  He is a bundle of joy - and remember your baptism, for in it God has made you an heir to his Kingdom and called you Son.  He is well pleased with you!  

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Abba House

Some friends and I went to the Abba House at lunch today.  Great little store that you should visit if you're in the area.  They have lots of good Roman stuff, but other just needed things, too.  I loved the chant that was playing on the radio.  It was Ben and Mike's first trip to the Abba House and I think they enjoyed it.  I wanted to check out their crucifixes and their sensors.  I wasn't as impressed with the crucifixes...but loved the incense bowls they had.  If you can keep a secret, I bought a little one for my desk.  I can't wait to use it!  As for the cross - I'm gonna have to order one.  Any suggestions?