A future king is born

Kate Middleton and Prince William had their baby–a boy who may well succeed his grandfather Prince Charles and his father to someday be king of Great Britain.  The succession law had been changed so that a firstborn girl  could inherit the throne directly as Queen, even if she has a brother–the earlier law giving precedent to any male heir–but that’s a moot point now, as England is set to have three kings in a row after Queen Elizabeth.

The name of the baby has not been announced as of this moment.  (Any guesses?  If the name is released, someone please post it in the comments.)

Some say that this baby would be the rightful ruler of these United States, that the grievances of our revolution were not sufficient grounds to throw off a lawful Romans 13 authority.  At any rate, in the Treaty of Paris–one of our most important founding documents–the king of England grants the former colonies their independence, renouncing his claim to them, so that our current government is, in fact, legitimate.  Still, what is the appeal of a monarch? [Read more…]

The winning thread

I’m back home after two weeks, having taken my vacation and then going to the Consortium for Classical Lutheran Education conference, trying to get back to normal.  Thanks to everyone who posted comments on those general categories while I was incommunicado.  There were some good discussions.  As I promised, I will announce a winner for the person who started a thread with the most comments.  According to my informal, non-counting analysis (correct me if you want to count), the virtual imaginary prize goes to Theological discussions (278 comments) and the thread started by PETE on Baptism. [Read more…]

Recovering the freakishness of Christianity

Russell Moore, identified as per our previous discussion as one of those “Lutheran Baptists,” was recently appointed head of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, which makes pronouncements on public policy for that church body.  But Rev. Moore is going far beyond the usual rightwing talking points that have been associated with Christian conservatives.  In an interview with Michelle Boorstein of the Washington Post, he gives some thoughtful comments about generic civil religion, abortion, military chaplains, and religious freedom. [Read more…]

Dressing for church

On the front page of Saturday’s Washington Post:  An article about what people wear to church, raising issues of decorum, modesty, and the meaning of clothes. [Read more…]

This week’s LCMS convention

This is the season when churches go out to convention.  The denomination that I grew up in, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), threw out all barriers against homosexuality, in addition to passing other progressive resolutions.  Such measures are highly unlikely  in my current church, the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, whose triennial convention will be held this week.

To follow the action, go to National LCMS Convention – The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.  For a list of resolutions that will be considered, go here (note the drop-down menu for the different categories.)

Indulgences via Twitter

Pope Francis will be offering a plenary indulgence–that is, a full release from Purgatory for sins committed up to that point–for those who follow the World Youth Day activities on Twitter or other social media sites. [Read more…]