Sunday, November 8, 2009

Table Talk Radio: Show 70

The last show in the latest internet gaming craze, "Catching Up With Table Talk Radio," is Show 70, featuring Pastor Wolfmueller's favorite games, "Iron Preacher" (insert sound effect here) and "Praise Song Cruncher." 

Show #70: Iron Preacher 

In this edition of Iron Preacher, the Iron Preacher and his challenger, Rev. Jared Melius of Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Denver, will preach the parable of the Landowner. After that, Pastor Melius will stay on to crunch a praise song with Table Talk Radio.

The cool thing about the latest internet gaming craze, "Catching Up With Table Talk Radio," is that it plays right in your browser for free.  Nothing to download, nothing to buy!

Table Talk Radio: Show 69

All for Hymn is playing the latest game on the internet, "Catching Up With Table Talk Radio."  Here's a show that I missed...

Show #69: Second Annual Reformation Edition
For this edition of the Reformation Edition of Table Talk Radio, we play "Name that Theses" then we are joined by Professor John Pless of Concordia Theological Seminary in which we played Which Ladder and Answer the Question As...

On this episode, learn the latest and greatest theological buzzwords, "Open Theism" and, directly from the justification canons of the Council of Trent, "Anathema."

Table Talk Radio: Please Update Your Bookmarks!

Table Talk Radio has a new look and an updated website.  The old bookmarks still function because the new ones have slightly different URL's.  The old bookmarks, though, do not have updated information.

Click here for the new home page.

The latest episodes can be found here.

The old forum has been obliterated in favor of a simple, "log in and post your comment here" format on the main website.  It promises to be a much more user-friendly interface.

All for Hymn will be updating the blog to reflect the newest episodes.  I am about two episodes behind.  Now that I know where the new episodes are, I can keep you up-to-date!

Kenyan Lutheran Hymnal Project

When a U.S. denomination goes overboard on social issues, often times the partner churches in Africa are the ones calling the U.S. church back to her biblical roots and offering ecclesiastical supervision for U.S. congregations.

The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod's partner church in Kenya is the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenya.  While I am not aware of any such action regarding the LCMS, the ELCK has spoken regarding issues in other U.S. Lutheran denominations.

Enough about those things, this blog is ALL FOR HYMN, and this Kenyan church is embarking on a new hymnal.  You can follow the progress on Deaconess Sandra Rhein's blog here.

You may remember in a previous post that I remarked how difficult it is to translate a hymn into its literal meaning and then squeeze it back into the meter of the original tune.

Deaconess Rhein writes in her August 31, 2009 post
The challenge is not so much in the literal translation because there are a number of excellent Kenyan pastors who are fluent in English and skilled at translating. The challenge is in writing poetically – following the rhythm and flow of a melody - making the stress of the beats and the stress of the syllables match – while keeping the text rich in meaning and clear in doctrine. What we need are a few theologically and musically trained poets who are fluent in English and Swahili. If you are such a person, or know someone who fits the description, please make yourself known!

Unfamiliar with Swahili?

Here are excerpts from the Divine Service and from Matins.  I can't get the embed codes to work, so I will provide hyperlinks.

from LSB's Divine Service I, page 152

from LSB's Divine Service I, page 163

from LSB's Matins, page 229

And in the spirit of international Christianity,
here is a Croatian choir singing a song in both Zulu and English

Table Talk Radio: Show 68

A new episode of Table Talk Radio is now up and running.

Show #68: Bumper Sticker Theology Response Line

In this edition of Table Talk Radio, we respond to our listeners who are on the prowl for Theological Bumper Stickers. After that, we crunch some popular praise songs by request, and end up playing CACG.

Listen to the show here.

Download it here.

In this week's Praise Song Cruncher, one blast from the 80's (Awesome God) and one blast from the 90's (Shine, Jesus, Shine).

That's Table Talk Radio, where the points are like abolitionists at the Munich Oktoberfest, your really not going to get anywhere with your points or your political position at that event.

US Veterans Day: November 11, 2009

Veteran's Day in the United States, unlike other holidays, is typically celebrated on November 11, unless it falls on a weekend, while many other national holidays are transferred to the nearest Monday so we can have a three day weekend.

All for Hymn is celebrating a bit early this year, "lest we forget..."

Those who have fought and are fighting for our freedom need to be remembered.  Let's make this a Veterans Week.

Orson Wells tells of the origins of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, then a group of high school choirs and a grade school choir sing it.

I have read a fiery gospel writ in burnished rows of steel:
"As ye deal with my contemners, so with you my grace shall deal;
Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel,
Since God is marching on."

Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Since God is marching on.