Lutherans and Zombies – More Stuff to Annoy the Pietists

There at the dinner table her song began as expected, being carried along by a mesmerizing joy afforded only to three-year-olds. But no sooner than the songstress had woven her whimsical serenade—ever briefly, ever swiftly—did the course change and life … Continue reading

Communion Every Sunday: Surprise, Surprise

The reasons for Communion every Sunday are surprising. The reasons Lutheran churches fell away from this practice also are surprising. Pr Klemet Preus, the author of the article republished below, was surprised about the reasons for and against. After visiting … Continue reading

If you are a pietist …

IF YOU ARE A PIETIST, FOR THE SAKE OF THE LUTHERANS, PLEASE REMAIN ONE. PLEASE. As you can see from the photo, the bottle is nearly empty. That’s not entirely my fault. I purchased this whisky on my way to … Continue reading

Emphasis Does Matter

We learn about the idea of formal and material principles from F.E. Mayer’s book, The Religious Bodies of America. In this book he shares that a church’s formal principle is the authoritative source of their theology. Authoritative sources can range from … Continue reading

The Two Natures of the Divine Call

The Church stands or falls on the article of justification. Ask any Lutheran about justification and it won’t be long before you’re hearing about salvation by grace through faith. But follow that question up with, “And from whence does this … Continue reading