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    No Good

    "Would not this woman's deed appear to the world a precious work when she strode out before the people and praised the mother who had given her only Son to the world for everyone to see and for the world to follow...?"

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    When “Culture” Norms the Church

    The so-called Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, a denomination created in 1988 through the merger of three groups whose common conviction was that the Bible isn’t always reliable, has been hell-bent on affirming sodomy for over a decade.  The propaganda campaign from the home office began with Bible-class materials disseminated to the congregations, which explained away all of the relevant Bible references.  The men of Sodom were rapist libertines, not committed partnered gays; Paul was a “man of his times”; did you know that the Bible also forbids bacon and lobster?; etc., ad nauseam.  [See the ELCA’s Journey Together Faithfully, Parts One (2002) and Two (2003).] Now the ELCA has its…

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    Diversity: Guaranteed to Offend

    I was thinking about blogging, or my hitherto lack thereof.  I write, enjoy it, some folks enjoy reading it.  So why haven’t I blogged before?  Lack of time, a job in which I edit and write already, lack of time—these things came to mind.  But if I’m being honest, I’ll probably say that it’s a fear of giving offense that’s kept me away.  Which seems odd, considering I write for and (help) edit a magazine that offends more or less everyone, included fellow members of our own masthead, myself included. The truth is, I know a lot of people from diverse backgrounds.  I’ve lived many lives.  I’m interested in a…

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    Wheels Up

    And so this blog begins, with apologies to Ian MacKenzie Jeffers and Liam Neeson.  Filmgoers will note the paradox* involving wolves. Once more into the fray . . . Into the last good fight I’ll ever know. Live and write another day . . . Live and write on this day . . .   *Not irony.  Ask Troy Dyer.

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    Evangelical Theologian

    Theology, Dr. Harold O.J. Brown insisted, “is, to a large extent, a reaction against heresy.” The Church proclaims Her truth, based on revelation, and men “take it out of context” or perceive it to be “inadequate or unsatisfying.” Thus, for him, heresy has a “positive side,” for it stimulates careful theological discussion and formulation. And that formulation, in turn, guards and preserves the “faith once delivered to the saints.”