The Cranach Super Bowl party!

You are all invited to the Cranach Institute virtual Super Bowl party!  It will be located at this blog and it will last all weekend.  Please bring your own food and beverages.

The Green Bay Packers, my team, were 5 minutes away from getting to go to the Super Bowl when the Seattle Seahawks made a miraculous comeback.  My interest in the Super Bowl plummeted.  I would be for the New England Patriots.  But then that interest deflated.  I guess I’ll be a disinterested observer.  But almost everybody’s team doesn’t make it into the Super Bowl, but we celebrate anyway in what has become a grassroots American holiday.

This blog can be your one-stop site for Super Bowl XLIX.  (Don’t you love the classicism in the Roman numerals?)  And if anyone asks if you have been invited to a Super Bowl party, say, “Why, yes.  I have been.”  That’s fine if you go to an actual Super Bowl party.  You can discreetly check on the live-blogging on your phone.  But if you are not going to an actual Super Bowl party or if you don’t want to go to one and need an excuse not to, say, “I’m going to the Cranach party.”

To begin with, this post is the place for your predictions.  Not only who wins and what the score is, but what do you think will happen?  Will this game feature some big controversy like the playoff games did?  Blown calls, refused calls, deflated footballs?  Will Katy Perry try to shock the world in the halftime show?  Or what?  And what will it all mean?

 

Saturday’s special edition

Tune in tomorrow for a special edition of this blog, a rare Saturday posting!  (Want to guess what it will be about?)

A new Lutheran blog at Patheos

Rev. Jordan Cooper’s blog, Just and Sinner, has moved to Patheos.  An AALC pastor (a confessional body in fellowship with the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod), he is a fixture at Pirate Christian Radio and Issues, Etc.  He is a convert to Lutheranism and tells his story here.

This makes three Lutherans on the Patheos Evangelical channel, along with Rebecca Florence Miller.

Nadia Bolz Weber’s blog Sarcastic Lutheran is part of the Progressive Christian Channel, for some reason.

It’s time for a Lutheran channel!

Symposium on Vocation

As I said in my own contribution, Patheos has put together a symposium on vocation, involving blogs on the Faith & Work channel and the Evangelical channel.  Since Luther’s doctrine of vocation is a major theme of this the Cranach blog, I took part, and I invite you too to join the discussion.  This may introduce you to other blogs you’d like to follow, and since together we have thought long and hard about these issues here, I hope you will contribute your insights.  So, for the symposium, go here:  My Faith and My Calling | Patheos.

The “big questions” of vocation

The Faith and Work channel at Patheos is sponsoring a symposium with other blogs interested in the subject.  That would have to include us at the Cranach institute, since one of the major themes here is the doctrine of vocation.  The topic is the “big questions” of vocation, as raised by the quotations posted here.  Interestingly, the writers quoted are all from the Roman Catholic tradition, but I think the struggles they are articulate are common to evangelicals and other Protestants as well.  Here we can see just how helpful Luther’s distinctive take on vocation really is.

Read the quotations, read my thoughts on them after the jump, then join in on the discussion, both here and on the other participating blogs. [Read more...]

Who wants to go to Germany in 2017?

In 2017, two years from now, we will be marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, occasioned by Martin Luther posting his 95 Theses.  There will be lots of festivities, especially at the Luther sites in Germany.  Those look to include performances of the opera and play about Katie Luther, the Reformer’s wife, which was commissioned and is performed by friend-of-this-blog Lori Lewis.

She has proposed a symbolic Katherine von Bora/Lucas Cranach reunion tour (the artist being the one who took her in after she escaped from the convent and who arranged her marriage with his friend Martin).  That is to say, she is proposing that the Cranach blog would join with her friends of Katie network to sponsor a trip to Germany in 2017, seeing all of the Luther sites, taking in a Katie performance, and doing other fun and inspiring things along the way.  She and I would lead the group, making use also of local guides, and a great time will be had by all.

Through the years of this blog, a number of you readers and commenters have expressed the wish to meet each other in person, rather than just virtually.  This could be that opportunity.  And what a way to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation! [Read more...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X