Confessing the faith

Yes, Nadia Bolz-Weber is on the “progressive channel” at Patheos and she is a “pastorix” (her word) in the ELCA, but she continues to defy conventional liberal theology.  I came across a post in which she first discusses Moltmann’s view that the Virgin Birth of Christ is just a meaningful legend, and then talks about what it means to confess the faith of the church. [Read more...]

Luther, Madison, and the Two Kingdoms

Rev. Matthew Harrison, the president of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, discusses a letter President James Madison sent to a Lutheran pastor in 1821 upon reading one of his sermons:

It is a pleasing and persuasive example of pious zeal, united with pure benevolence and of a cordial attachment to a particular creed, untinctured with sectarian illiberality. It illustrates the excellence of a system which, by a due distinction, to which the genius and courage of Luther led the way, between what is due to Caesar and what is due God, best promotes the discharge of both obligations. The experience of the United States is a happy disproof of the error so long rooted in the unenlightened minds of well-meaning Christians, as well as in the corrupt hearts of persecuting usurpers, that without a legal incorporation of religious and civil polity, neither could be supported. A mutual independence is found most friendly to practical Religion, to social harmony, and to political prosperity.

 President Harrison then goes on to give a very clear and perceptive explanation of the Doctrine of the  Two Kingdoms, which Madison was picking up on, which gives an alternative both to the view that the church should try to rule the world and the view that Christians should withdraw from that world. [Read more...]

The Conversion of St. Paul and other anti-Christians

Last Sunday was the day the Church commemorates the conversion of St. Paul.  Which reminds us that God can potentially break in upon anyone, including those who, like Saul of Tarsus, are most opposed to the Christian faith. [Read more...]

Catholic teaching not allowed at Catholic university?

Marquette is a Roman Catholic institution affiliated with the Jesuit order, one member of which is Pope Francis.  According to Catholic author Howard Kainz, Marquette has suspended and banned from campus a tenured professor for saying that arguments against gay marriage should be allowed to be discussed in class.   Meanwhile, a theology professor who advocates abortion and now considers himself an atheist keeps teaching, with no questions asked. [Read more...]

Searching for the Church

Patheos has a blog called The Evangelical Pulpit that posts a wide range of material and that you can actually contribute to.  (I urge you to put together a submission if you have something pertinent to say.)  One of my prized students, Nick Barden, has written a post about his search for a church and a theological tradition. And, more broadly, for the “church Catholic,” how the different traditions all fit together.

He treats Baptists, Pentecostals, Calvinists, Lutherans, and Catholics, and is quite fair and illuminating about them all.  He “gets” some important facets about Lutheranism, though perhaps not completely.  I quote from his post after the jump, but you really need to read the whole thing from the beginning. [Read more...]

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!


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