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A Table Talk Radio Haiku

"Toot! Toot!" In case you're wondering, that's me "Tooting My Own Horn," which rarely happens in this space, but is something that will most certainly happen from time-to-time given my sinfulness.

Today is one of those days.

You can imagine my delight and surprise when Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller of Table Talk Radio shared a portion of my submission for their "Read The Email" feature just before the 11-minute mark of their "Show #281: Going To Madagascar Edition" edition of the show.

Here's the email I sent in case you were interested...


able Talk Radio
U ndeniably mediocre and
L augh out loud obnoxious (wait, that’s Pastor Wolfmueller -- not the show!)
I have been blessed, edified, and equipped by this
P ure Doctrine Cult

Ok, so it’s not a "real" Haiku. Then again, Table Talk Radio isn't a "real" Radio Show either. Oh yeah, as for the "The Mystery (Calvinist Hidden Will of God) Criteria" you've added, God just spoke to me through the Church Sign I just passed and told me that while He believes this is literally the best "Read The Email" candidate you've ever received, this last criteria demands that we say that it only just seems that way, and that it's only symbolic of what the "best" could be like, and therefore is not really the "best" despite clear evidence to the contrary. In short, this last criteria forces you to ask, "What must I do to glorify God?" or "What must I do for the greater glory of God?" and the answer is to simply read my email on your next broadcast and then God will be pleased with you and you'll have the assurance that you are a Christian.

Grace And Peace,

Jeffrey K. Radt
Just A Lutheran Layman

Now, all kidding aside, this particular episode of Table Talk Radio is so helpful due to all the ground it covers. I especially enjoyed all their commentary on some of the more common Evangelical beliefs, practices, and teachings in their "Translating Evangelicalisms" segment.

Be sure to make Table Talk Radio a part of your weekly intake of the Lutheran (a.k.a. Christian) faith. What a blessing and comfort their show has been to me the past several months!

In a Lutheran layman's terms, it's good to laugh and to never take yourself too seriously.

NOTE: As you know, I am a newly converted Confessional Lutheran who recently escaped American Evangelicalism. That being said, please contact me ASAP if you believe that any of my "old beliefs" seem to have crept their way into any of the material you see published here, and especially if any of the content is not consistent with our Confessions and Lutheran doctrine (in other words, if it's not consistent with God's Word, which our Confessions merely summarize and point us back to) so that I can correct those errors immediately and not lead any of His little ones astray. Finally, please be aware that you might also discover that some of the earlier pieces I wrote on this blog back in 2013 definitely fall into that category since I was a Lutheran-In-Name-Only at the time and was completely oblivious to the fact that a "Book of Concord" containing our Confessions even existed. In addition, there are some entries that are a little "out there" so-to-speak since the subject matter was also heavy influenced by common Evangelical concerns/criticisms that perhaps wouldn't be too big a deal for us Lutherans. I know that now and I'm still learning. Anyway, I decided to leave those published posts up on this website and in cyberspace only because we now have this disclaimer and only to demonstrate the continuing work of Christ and the Holy Spirit in my life (Hebrews 12:2; Philippians 1:6). Finally, please know that any time we engage in interpreting a specific portion of Scripture exegetically, it will always follow the verse-by-verse notes from my Lutheran Study Bible unless otherwise noted. Thank you for stopping by and thank you in advance for your time, help, and understanding. Grace and peace to you and yours!


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