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...]

A “heavenly tourist” takes back his claims

There are a number of books in the genre of what has been called “Heavenly tourism.”  They tell about someone who died, went to Heaven, and came back to tell the tale.  Now the boy featured in The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven, then 6, now 17, has recanted his story.  He says that he now believes in the sufficiency of Scripture over personal visions and that he was just trying to get attention.   After the jump, his “open letter.” [Read more...]

The very model of a Biblical philologist

After the jump, Biblical scholarship by way of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “I am the very model of a modern major-general.” [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...]

Why do the winners riot?

Ohio State beat Oregon to win the collegiate football championship, the first one under the new playoff system.

Question:  Why in America do fans of the winners of big games riot, setting fires, breaking things, threatening cops?  In other countries, sports violence is a problem, but my impression is that it’s usually losers and fans who feel cheated who start tearing up things.

To switch to the NFL, I don’t think Detroit fans rioted when the penalty flags against Dallas were picked up, and no one rioted in Dallas when an apparent catch was ruled incomplete in the game won by Green Bay [hooray!].  And there were no riots in Oregon.  But the victorious Ohio State fans felt so happy that they set 89 fires. [Read more...]

Beware the leap second?

On June 30, an extra second will be added to the Bureau of Standard’s atomic clocks.  This is so that our clocks will align more precisely with the rotation and orbit of the Earth.  The fear is that this will throw off the world’s computers, and, particularly, the programs that run the internet.

Last time this happened, in 2012, it did throw off a number of Unix-based websites.  Google has a fix for its sites, but many people are nervous, though probably not as nervous as they were with the Y2K panic, when 1999 turned into 2000. [Read more...]


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