LCMS president’s re-election

While I was gone:  Rev. Matthew Harrison, a confessional theologian with a heart, was re-elected president of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.  By a landslide of 2/3 of the vote.  You LCMSers, does this bode well?  What exactly, if we can say that, does it bode? [Read more…]

What to do while I’m away

This week I will be on vacation far away from internet connections and cell phone towers.  I know, though, how important your daily Cranach fix is, and I do not want to throw off your routines.  So I am going to put together a structure that will draw on you readers to keep this blog going while I am away.  We will do so by taking advantage of the much-maligned Disqus commenting system.

I will post categories of topics that we usually discuss here.  If you have something that you would like this vast and talented community of readers to take up, post it as a comment, along with any necessary links.  To talk about it, hit “reply,” so that the discussion will be nested below the subject.  If you have a different subject you want to discuss, post that as a comment, and other people will “reply” to form a nested thread.

If this works the way I hope it does, not only will the blog be kept up to date, we will cover even more subjects than we usually do!  (We will heap virtual honors on the commenter who provokes the discussion with the most replies.)  Thank you in advance for filling in for me.

 

 

 

Current events

News will happen while I’m away this week.  Hopefully, I won’t even know about it.  But something is bound to happen that begs for discussion.  If and when something happens, tell about it briefly in a comment, along with a link to the full story.  The rest of you, talk about it by hitting “reply” to that comment.  By the end of the week, we should have a compendium of the week’s news, along with the necessary commentary.  That will catch me up when I return to civilization, assuming it can last long enough to be here when I get back.

Theological discussions

This is your chance to post your questions and convictions on matters theological, with informed readers from many different traditions answering you, arguing with you, or maybe helping you think things through.

Talk politics

Are the Republicans doomed?  Are the Democrats cracking up?  Are any potential presidential candidates from either party emerging who are in any way attractive?  Are libertarians the up-and-coming political consensus, finally bringing our polarized country together around issues such as civil liberties, free markets,  and peace?  Or is there some other way out of our current political malaise?  Or is our current political malaise a good thing?  You tell me.

Culture & pop culture

“Culture” is one of those lofty words with lots of meanings.  It can refer to a “society” with all of its institutions, values, and customs.  Or it can refer to “the arts,” as in going to the opera to soak up some culture.   Ken Meyers usefully distinguishes between folk culture (the ways and artifcats of a community with a common history), high culture (the contributions of talented individuals that go on to benefit a whole society), and pop culture (the commercialized artifacts designed to be bought and sold).

In this space, take it whichever way you want to.  Raise questions of vast social import (for instance, gay marriage), talk about music (bluegrass groups in the folk culture, or jazz artists in the high culture, or whatever) or books you are enjoying, or talk about issues of summer entertainment (was the Lone Ranger really as bad as the critics are saying?).