Christ the King

Crucifixion_Grunewald_optHispanic martyrs put before the firing squads by socialist dictators would call out as their last words “Viva el Cristo rey!” Long live Christ the King! Or, Christ the King lives!  That’s a good phrase to keep in mind.

Yesterday was the last Sunday of the Church Year, also known, among other names, as Christ the King Sunday.  As a conclusion to our recent series of posts on Two Kingdom theology, we need to remember who is the King of both Kingdoms.

After the jump, a bulletin note on Christ’s kingship from Pilgrim Lutheran Church here in Australia. [Read more…]

Merry Veterans Day

Thank you, veterans, for serving all of us.

A grateful nation offers you all kinds of freebies today.  That is, certain businesses are giving veterans free lunches, free drinks, etc.  Go here for a list.

Australia notes:  Guy Fawkes Day

On Saturday night, here in Australia, fireworks started going off everywhere.  It dawned on my daughter the lines “Remember, remember/the Fifth of November.”  It was Guy Fawkes day!

The old boy is burned in effigy and explosions are set off in commemoration of the Gunpowder Plot, in which a band of Catholic terrorists packed the basement of Parliament with gunpowder with the idea of blowing up the English government and killing King James. [Read more…]

Saints I have known

Happy All Saints’ Day!  The Augsburg Confession, one of the definitive Lutheran doctrinal statements, says this about saints:  “The memory of saints may be set before us, that we may follow their faith and good works, according to our calling.”

Note the vocational emphasis.  After the jump, see what else Phillip Melanchthon says on the subject.  (HT:  Mathew Block)

The term “saints,” in this sense, goes beyond those declared to be saints by the Roman Catholic Church.  Ordinary Christians, in their faith, are saints, though they are sinners too.  And some of these can serve as inspiring examples.  I have known Christians in my life who exemplify that kind of sanctity and who have shown me what Christianity lived out looks like.

What “memory” do you have of saints you have known?

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All Saints’ Day, the Reformation, and the shadow of Death

As he mourns a death in his family, Mathew Block brings together the Reformation and All Saints’ Day.  [Read more…]

The Reformation as a restoration of catholicity

Even some Protestants are saying that we shouldn’t celebrate Reformation Day.  Why celebrate the breakup of the catholicity of the Church?  In his excellent Reformation Sunday sermon, our pastor quoted the distinguished seminary professor and theologian Norman Nagel, who maintained that the Reformation was actually a restoration of the Church’s catholicity.

Read why after the jump.

UPDATE:  Dr. Nagel made a rare mistake in crediting Irenaeus for the quotation when it should have been St. Ignatius of Antioch.  (HT:  Steve)

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