Those who convert to Catholicism are said to have “swum the Tiber,” referring to the river that runs through Rome. Those who convert to Orthodoxy are said to have “swum the Bosphorus,” the strait in Turkey that separates Europe from Asia. So what is a person swimming who converts to Lutheranism? I have heard “Mississippi” for those who join the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, based in St. Louis. But Anthony Sacramone gives the definitive solution (whether he came up with it first or someone else did, I don’t know) when he refers to “paddling the Elbe.” [Read more…]
November 6 was the commemoration day for one of my heroes, the Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus, the military genius and devout Lutheran who arguably was used by God to save Protestantism from extermination during the Thirty Years’ War. Sometimes honored as the greatest Lutheran layman, King Gustav makes for an interesting and inspiring example of vocation.
The blog of the LCMS leadership, Mercy, Witness, Life Together, has a great post about him, including an informative sermon by Rev. Eric Andrae: Feast of Gustavus Adolphus, King and Martyr, 1632.