Persecution is One of the Lord’s Precious Promises

We have been reading and seeing the persecution of the Lord’s Christians throughout the world: in Nigeria, in China, in Iraq, in Syria, in Egypt (nb:  4 of the 5 linked articles are dated within the last seven days of the … Continue reading

Give Me that Old Time Religion

On October 15th,  Rev. Antje Jackelen was elected the first woman Archbishop of the Church of Sweden in a substantial win.  She joins the ranks of Rev. Elizabeth Eaton as Presiding Bishop of the ELCA.  Before those elections, the Evangelical … Continue reading

My Radical Marriage Proposal: What God has joined together

Recently, here on BJS, and others have stated that our churches get out of the state marriage business.  I concur.  This is in response to the onslaught of gay advocacy for pseudogamy and the possibility of the government sanctioning the … Continue reading

“Gnostic Pride”

  From the novel, Love in the Ruins by Walker Percy (1971), the narrator, Dr. Tom More reflects: Saint Francis was Doris‘s favorite saint, not because he loved Christ but because he loved titmice… My poor wife, Doris, was ruined by … Continue reading

Ruminations on the Bishop of Rome’s Resignation

The last  pope to resign was in 1415, little over a century before the start of the Reformation. For us Americans who now think from cyber moment to cyber moment the talk of centuries sounds equivalent to geologic time and … Continue reading

From a Sermon Preached by Pastor Martin Niemoller, ca. 1936

The problem with which we have to deal is how to save the Christian community at this moment from the danger of being thrown into the same pot as the world: that is to say: it must keep itself distinct … Continue reading

Changes in ELCA Seminaries

Head of Luther Seminary in St. Paul resigns amid financial woes Article by: ROSE FRENCH , Star Tribune Updated: December 11, 2012 – 9:42 PM School announces search for new president after losing nearly $4 million last school year. The president of Luther … Continue reading

Labyrinth Spirituality

Here in our town, the local Episcopal Church blessed their brand-new labyrinth catching up to a spiritual trend begun in the late ’90s.   For those  who are joyfully not on the cutting edge of new spiritualities, you may be … Continue reading

A Reflection for July 4th, 2012

From The Constitution of the United States of America, Article 2, Section 1:  “Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation: ‘I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully … Continue reading

Close, but No Points

In the 29 June, 2012 edition of The Week, the following editorial appears.  Now The Week only has this one small text box for their own editorials and this one is quite packed.  Mr. Graff takes on the topic of … Continue reading

Wawa Theology

A dear colleague, friend and mentor, Rev. Arthur J. Henne is a ’57 graduate of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP).  He is a retired ELCA pastor.  In the Lutheran Church in America (LCA), a predecessor denom to the … Continue reading

The Rapprochement Between American Catholicism and Liberal Protestantism: Ripped from the Headlines

Our family reads cover-to-cover The Week. For those who do not know The Week, as it’s name states, it is a weekly news magazine.  The Week is a compendium of hard-news, opinion and view points from articles of major daily … Continue reading

“A Church without Chicken”: Comments on Marcus Borg’s Lecture Notes

A month ago a well-known Biblical scholar, Marcus Borg gave two lectures at Lexington Presbyterian, “Lex Pres”, here in Lexington,Virginia. Lexington is home to Washington and Lee University and the Virginia Military Institute.  Lex Pres is one of the historic churches … Continue reading

Charles Porterfield Krauth’s Three Steps to Doctrinal and Ecclesial “Nihilism”

In an excellent paper by Rev. Prof. David  Jay Webber,   Charles Porterfield Krauth: The American Chemnitz, Prof. Webber gives a concise history of Rev. Krauth and his immense contribution to the true Evangelical Lutheran Church and as it is … Continue reading

“Oh, for God’s Sake, Don’t Argue!”

This posting is a reflection on a portion of C. S. Lewis’ first Screwtape letter.  (The John Cleese reading of this letter is at the end of the post) MY DEAR WORMWOOD, I note what you say about guiding our … Continue reading

Every Sunday Pro-Choice Sunday?

            Rev. Paul McCain has a very good posting on the topic of “worship wars”:   The High Church Danger to the Lutheran Church-A Fraternal Warning   with a germane quote from Hermann Sasse and on the … 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

“It’s Déjà vu All Over Again”—Yogi Berra

I watched part of Rev. Matthew Harrison’s powerful witness to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee regarding the HHS Decisions. One congressman in his peroration pointed out to the panel that not one of the clergy was a woman, … Continue reading

Church as Minor Clerk in Caesar’s Court

Back in November, my brother-in-law, called me up because he was quite upset.  First, he and his family are members of an ELCA congregation.  His angst was over the pastor’s approving inclusion of a letter by Rev. Mark Hanson, the … Continue reading