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...]

Checking your predictions for 2014

You readers made some pretty good predictions last year.  More than one of you predicted that gasoline prices would drop, that more states would legalize gay marriage and marijuana possession, that the Supreme Court would rule in ways that they did, in fact, rule.  Some mentioned North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, including that he would be assassinated, but that vision must have been of the movie “The Interview.”  With some predictions, to be perfectly honest, I’m not sure if they happened or not!

I invite you to read them over at Your predictions for 2014 and propose your own winners and honorable mentions.

But the winner of this year’s prize for best prognosticator goes to. . . [Read more...]

The #1 most popular Cranach blog post of the year

The year’s most viewed post by far was not written this year, but rather in July 2011.  And it wasn’t written by me, but by my liberal Democratic Southern Baptist musical genius brother, Jimmy.  Here it is:

The Devil’s interval.

People who google this legendary evil-sounding musical lick–and I presume most of these are heavy metal head bangers (I’m sure my terminology is out of date)– are directed to this post, and I hope they find a warm welcome and become regular readers of this blog.

My brother, very kindly, is not lording it over me for outblogging me on my own blog.  Nor do I resent it.  In fact, I am trying to get him to write more guest posts for me.  He has some very interesting ideas about music education that I’d like him to share with the general public on this blog.

The #2 most popular Cranach post of the year

Why do Americans say “merry Christmas,” while the British and denizens of its Commonwealth say “happy Christmas”?  Those who Googled that question were directed to this post, which was written for Christmas of 2013:

Merry Christmas vs. Happy Christmas.

This post was number 3 for most of the year, but for the last few weeks, page views for this post surged by the thousands, and it made it to #2. [Read more...]


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