Windows told me it had updates to install. "OK" I thought. What harm could there be in that - I mean after over two years what could go wrong? Well, now my computer is unable to detect my speakers, microphone, and webcam. I have no sound. At all. Nothing. I have the speaker icon with a red "X" over it. It tells me: "No audio output device detected." Awesome. A quick search on Google reveals this not uncommon after a Windows update. It also reveals that most people have found it to be very difficult and time consuming to fix. Awesome again! I have always had a quiet disdain for Microsoft. Now - it is anger, outrage, and sadness. Microsoft - you have made me very sad. I may cry.
Pastor David Petersen, past speaker at the St. John Chrysostom Lutheran Preacher's Retreat, is hosting a free conference on January 18 discussing the Brief Statement of the LCMS. I am not entirely clear of the Brief Statement's place in LCC though I believe it would be considered part of our teaching as well. I have always had some questions and concerns regarding the document which Pastor Petersen outlines on his blog regarding the conference to be held:
I applaud Pastor Petersen and the organizers of this conference. This is the way the Church needs to go about her business. When we have questions regarding theology and practice we should not go about dealing with them by politically motivated power plays. We should sit down with each other and in a civil manner discuss and debate the issues. I wish I could be there!