The Conflict over the HHS Regulations — It Is Theological

Readers of this blog are, by now, familiar with the ongoing conflict between various churches and political factions over the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (hereafter HHS) regulations which would mandate that “all employers” provide contraceptives and abortifacients … Continue reading

Weedon goes to Saint Louis: Hamel’s loss is YOUR gain by Rev. Charles Lehmann

Every time the Verba are spoken by one of the Lord’s pastors over the bread and wine, heaven comes down to earth.  Angels, archangels, and all the company of heaven sing before the Lamb who was slain but is alive … Continue reading

‘Can You Wear Checked Socks on Ash Wednesday?’ ‘Can You Eat a Leftover Paczki the Day After?’ Should a Waltherian Boy from Iowa Get Ashed and Other Questions of Christian Freedom. by Pastor Rossow

When I was getting dressed this morning I started to pull out a pair of subtly checked (black and gray) socks to wear and then the question hit me – can you wear checked socks on Ash Wednesday or should … Continue reading

The HHS Regulations on Contraceptives and Abortifacients: We’ve Been Here Before!

On February 16th, ten representatives of U.S. church-bodies and synagogues, including President Harrison of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, gave testimony in a hearing before a U.S. House Committee. The hearing dealt with the impact of the recently proposed regulations of … Continue reading

“I can’t tell you how thrilled and excited I am.”

At the same Minneapolis Area Synod Assembly of the ELCA, on February 18th, the following occurred:  “Minneapolis-area Lutherans Oppose Marriage Amendment”  and “Svennungsen is  new bishop of ELCA’s Minneapolis synod”  They go together hand-in-hand.  The former was legalized in the … Continue reading