To our new readers

This blog has experienced a huge surge of visits, beginning on Monday, so that we are getting almost twice as many as we were getting the previous week. I don’t know why that is, but I’m very grateful and want to welcome one and all.

One new reader came to us out of curiosity about an article that I wrote, which struck him because I talked about “Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Andy Warhol & Paris Hilton all in the same few short paragraphs.” That pretty much describes the scope of our topics on this blog. Well, those folks and Christ.

For new readers, I just want to point out that the best part of this particular blog is the discussions that we provoke. Read the comments and notice how illuminating the discussions back and forth can be. Note the high level of discourse, which sometimes gets heated but seldom degenerates into the nastiness of so many other blogs. We have different opinions here, but also genuine Christian charity for each other (at least most of the time–we keep working on that). This is to say, what you have come to in this blog is something like a virtual community, and we welcome you and encourage your participation.

So new readers, stick around, bookmark us, comment, and come back often. This is a weekday blog, so we make no new posts on the weekends. But when there aren’t any, browse the previous entries and the archives, where some of the discussions are still going on.

I have put together something of a sequence today, going from Good Friday, through some of our usual kinds of topics, to Easter.

MAY YOU ALL, NEW READERS AND OLD, HAVE BLESSED HOLY DAYS AS YOU CONTEMPLATE OUR LORD’S CROSS AND HIS EMPTY TOMB.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • David

    I was doing a google search this afternoon on the topic of “the Reformation doctrine of vocation” and stumbled across your blog after referencing an article on the subject that you had written which recently appeared in Modern Reformation. I took an immediate liking to Cranach: the Blog of Veith and it is now bookmarked as a favorite. I am especially enjoying the extensive catalog of George Herbert. Thanks!

  • David

    I was doing a google search this afternoon on the topic of “the Reformation doctrine of vocation” and stumbled across your blog after referencing an article on the subject that you had written which recently appeared in Modern Reformation. I took an immediate liking to Cranach: the Blog of Veith and it is now bookmarked as a favorite. I am especially enjoying the extensive catalog of George Herbert. Thanks!

  • Mary Ann

    It’s likely due to the demise of Issues, Etc. with no explaination, and folks are looking for answers. Thank you for posting the petition, by the way!

  • Mary Ann

    It’s likely due to the demise of Issues, Etc. with no explaination, and folks are looking for answers. Thank you for posting the petition, by the way!

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    The “surge” on this blog actually preceded that controversy, though I’m sure the controversy “helped.”

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    The “surge” on this blog actually preceded that controversy, though I’m sure the controversy “helped.”

  • Rob Olson

    I agree with Mary Ann. Confessional Lutherans are coming here to see what you have to say about what happened last week to Jeff and Todd. Thanks for posting the link to the petition.

    But I am also wondering why so few pastors are not speaking out about Jeff and Todd, even those pastors who are at the seminaries and/or the “regular guests” of the program, like yourself. They are still pastors, right?

    As you know, Jeff and Todd are good men, and what has happened to them is just plain wrong. Why are so many remaining silent? There is no Jim and Tammy scandal here, as the silence of the Synod might suggest about their character. Other pastors should stand with their faithful brothers in Christ who are taking on the chin for the gospel of Christ!

    To your readers, I would like to ask them if their pastors have signed the Issues, Etc. petition. If not, please encourage him to do so. If he is reluctant or refuses to sign the petition, then ask him why. You might learn something about where he stands theologically.

    http://www.petitiononline.com/Issues/petition.html

    Blessings to all,.

    Rob Olson
    Zion Lutheran Church
    Marshall, MI

  • Rob Olson

    I agree with Mary Ann. Confessional Lutherans are coming here to see what you have to say about what happened last week to Jeff and Todd. Thanks for posting the link to the petition.

    But I am also wondering why so few pastors are not speaking out about Jeff and Todd, even those pastors who are at the seminaries and/or the “regular guests” of the program, like yourself. They are still pastors, right?

    As you know, Jeff and Todd are good men, and what has happened to them is just plain wrong. Why are so many remaining silent? There is no Jim and Tammy scandal here, as the silence of the Synod might suggest about their character. Other pastors should stand with their faithful brothers in Christ who are taking on the chin for the gospel of Christ!

    To your readers, I would like to ask them if their pastors have signed the Issues, Etc. petition. If not, please encourage him to do so. If he is reluctant or refuses to sign the petition, then ask him why. You might learn something about where he stands theologically.

    http://www.petitiononline.com/Issues/petition.html

    Blessings to all,.

    Rob Olson
    Zion Lutheran Church
    Marshall, MI


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