Tuesday, November 13, 2012

One Last Flight

Dear Friends,

When I began this blog, like Saint Jude, “although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints.” That battle will go on from now to the eschaton when the final trumpet will make its wonderful and fearsome clarion call. For now, it’s time for me to stow my pen and inkwell, so that I can devote more time to my other vocations, plus relax a little. But before I go, I’d like to take one last precious moment to sit with you and share a brief thought or two.

Scripture commands us to contend for the faith. It isn’t optional. We are to watch our doctrine and teaching closely, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom. At times, even when we succeed in doing so with gentleness and respect, we will be viewed as unloving, and insulted and persecuted because of it. That’s okay; we are blessed in the midst of tribulation, and know that the real battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the spiritual forces of evil. We will fearlessly make known the mystery of the Gospel. "I believed, and so I spoke." Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

I look forward to hearing from you in the future. You’ll likely see me on line from time to time, and perhaps the occasional article written here or there will remind you that I haven’t flown off the edge of the map. Hopefully we’ll be able to break bread with one another at some point, and if not, we will certainly do so at the great banquet feast on high, both the one in eternity and the one we share every Sunday at the Lord’s Table. In the mean time, stay confessional my friends. Thanks for reading, and remember to stand firm!

Your eternal debtor in Christ,

Scott Diekmann

+ In Nomine Jesu +


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be
with your spirit, brothers.
Amen.

Galatians 6:18



20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great job, Scott. You done good. And closing it off with J.S. Bach's "Soli Deo Gloria" monogram is the perfect touch.

Joe Strieter

Scott Diekmann said...

Thanks Joe, and thanks for reading all of those blog posts! I'm sure I'll be talking to you again soon.

Lee Turpen said...

I so look forward to reading your writings. I so hope that I continue to see anything that you write as these have been a great affirmation of my thought processes concerning my faith. I have heard that you excel in all of your vocations but I can tell you that it shines through that you do so for Soli Deo Gloria. You are a gift from the Father.

Scott Diekmann said...

That was a very generous comment Lee. Really, I'm a poor miseable sinner that's so thankful for what Christ has done for me, and for friends like you as well.

Anonymous said...

Scott, We have appreciated reading your blog each day and will surely miss it. It has been a building up of the "brothers". We know it is a lot of work for you to keep the blog up and so understand why you want a break.
BTW Is that your daughter (Paige) at Fort Wayne that we have seen on our son's (John) Facebook comments?
Loren and Gloria Koopman

Scott Diekmann said...

Thanks Loren and Gloria. Yep, Paige is in her first year at Fort Wayne in the Deaconess program.

Jim Claybourn said...

Scott,

Hate to see you go. Hopefully you'll keep this blog up for us to review and maybe you'll be back.

Thanks for all your insights over the years. I look forward to seeing you at the LCA and BJS conferences down the road.

Blessings,

Jim Claybourn

Scott Diekmann said...

Hi Jim. I'm definitely not going to delete the blog, and will keeps the links current as well. I'm planning on attending both the BJS and LCA conferences in 2013, so hopefully I'll see both of you there. Thanks for reading. Scott

Anonymous said...

Scott -

Question"

Why don't you quit flying for the airline and get thy posterior off to the Fort, and get the flying lessons of the Lord?

You have the gift, obviously!

jb

Scott Diekmann said...

Thanks jb. Our daughter is in her first year of the Deaconess program at the Fort. Maybe we could be the first father-daughter tag team at the sem.

Anonymous said...

Scott -

Go for it!

I promise you you will love it!

Did the Fort with Marquart and Scaer and Preus and Zietlow and Wenthe and Weinrich (who had the nerve to give a "B-" when my average was an "A" - but in all the absolute fun of it all, I took the grade anyway.

Heh.

You cannot get too much of Jesus, if I can be so colloquial - but it is true. And if you go, go quickly - St. Kurt baptized his grandchild on the morning of his death and now smiles and worships with us in the Proper Preface, but Scaer is alive and kicking ans still his old irascible self, and his Christology class is worth ten times the price.

Whatever you choose to do, do it in the Lord Christ, and be most assured that His blessings are upon you.

Pax - jb

Scott Diekmann said...

Thanks for the encouragement jb. "For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:38-39 ESV

roger said...

Blessings on your "retirement" from this blog 'for a while.' I have always received something from each of your posts. Enjoyed the pictures of your travels and places you have been. Would love to take up flying again myself--but as a small parish pastor the money just would not be there. BLESSINGS!!!

Scott Diekmann said...

Thanks for reading Pastor Sterle. God's blessings as you feed your flock through Word and Sacrament.

Dennis Peskey said...

Thank you Scott for a job well done. Will see you in Naperville. Have to forgo the Fort and Symposium this year due to eye surgery.
Pax,
Dennis

Scott Diekmann said...

Thanks Dennis. I'll see you there!

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Gary said...

Dear Christian,

Someone has convinced you that a square can be a circle. Someone has convinced you that the blood-thirsty, psychopathic god of the Old Testament is the same being as the loving, compassionate Jesus of the Gospels.

Squares can never be circles.

Your belief system is an ancient middle-eastern superstition. If you choose to continue to hold onto it that it is certainly your right. However, you are teaching this superstition to little children. Please consider what you are doing. These children deserve to know the Truth.

I encourage you to watch this five minute video on this subject:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqfGu6vTxFY

Best wishes,
Gary

Scott Diekmann said...

No Gary, I'm not watching your video. "But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me" (2 Timothy 1:12). "Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me'" (John 14:6). The Lord of the Old Testament is the same Lord of the New Testament.