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!

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...]

If we found another epistle by St. Paul. . .

What if archaeologists discovered a parchment that turned out to be the missing letter to the Corinthians alluded to in 1 Cor. 5:9?  And what if it were filled with really powerful and helpful teachings?  Should it be added to the Bible?  The answer is. . . [Read more...]

Cranach’s “Christ Blessing the Children”

One of my favorite Cranach paintings is “Christ Blessing the Children.”  See a discussion after the break.

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HT:  Rev. Anthony R. Voltattorni, Young Children Saying The Same Thing As Christ | Alien Righteousness.  (Read this post for a modern-day application.)

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Pope says animals can go to heaven

Pope Francis, comforting a boy whose dog had died, said that “One day, we will see our animals again in the eternity of Christ.  Paradise is open to all of God’s creatures.” [Read more...]


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