October 26, 2014

The Balance Has Tipped

Comments on this post are now closed. Thank you for a good discussion. . . . It was a good week for same-sex marriage advocates. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court denied petitions to review cases about the issue in states including Utah, Virginia, Indiana, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. But the effects are wider. Because the […]

What Matters: Baptism and Vocation

Thus they made men believe that the profession of monasticism was far better than Baptism. . . . . . . Furthermore, the precepts of God and the true service of God are obscured when men hear that only monks are in a state of perfection. For Christian perfection is to fear God from the […]

Approved

On Saturday, Chaplain Mike was approved by the candidacy committee for assignment, call, and ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Thanks be to God!

Some Thoughts on Our “Reformation” Conversation

Monday, we considered the June 17, 2013 document, jointly published by the Roman Catholic Church and the Lutheran World Federation, called “From Conflict to Communion.”  I have decided to make this last post in the series, and in it I want to make some comments about how we discuss matters like this. An Admission of […]

Commemorating the Reformation Together (2)

This week (today and Thursday) we are considering the June 17, 2013 document, jointly published by the Roman Catholic Church and the Lutheran World Federation, called “From Conflict to Communion.” The paper’s introduction states: In 2017, Lutheran and Catholic Christians will commemorate together the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation. Lutherans and Catholics […]

Commemorating the Reformation Together (1)

This morning I introduce my particular topic for the week that we will look at today and Thursday. You may have read the blurb on the Internet Monk Bulletin Board (right side of the page) and noticed that Roman Catholics and Lutherans have come together and produced a document that expresses their commitment to commemorate […]

Midweek Monkery 5/15/13

Welcome to Midweek Monkery, Lutheran edition. I hope you will enjoy a few of the things that have made me laugh as I have started to learn more about the Lutheran community, especially the immigrant Lutheran community in the U.S. If you are a laughing Lutheran, I’d love to have you chime in today with […]

An Outline: My Journey from Evangelicalism to the Lutheran Tradition

Here is an outline from two talks I gave at the church where I am currently learning and serving. It is just an outline, so if you have questions or want clarifications on anything, ask away. My purpose was to describe my personal reasons for why I, as a Christian, have moved from the culture […]

An Entry Level Guide to the Lutheran Perspective

I just read a brief and winsome introduction to The Christian Faith from a Lutheran Perspective by Peter W. Marty, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport, Iowa, as well as a noted speaker and author. Pastor Marty covers many of the key teachings from the Lutheran tradition in a simple but not simplistic […]

Ethiopian Lutherans Sever Ties with ELCA

On Feb. 7, the ELCA News Service reported that “the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY) is severing its relationship with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the Church of Sweden and ‘those churches who have openly accepted same-sex marriage.’” The EECMY has been associated with the Swedish church for over 150 years and […]