When “Culture” Norms the Church


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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 […]

June 14, 2013

Affirmations of Ignorance: SBC, LCMS


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In “conservative” American denominational polity, why are anti-traditionalists loath to separate from traditionalists? Why not secede, so as to lay aside the weight of the “anti-missional” doctrine-obsessed curmudgeons?

June 11, 2013

Diversity: Guaranteed to Offend


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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 […]

May 9, 2013

Wheels Up


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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. […]

May 7, 2013

Evangelical Theologian


Published in Chronicles

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.”

September 1, 2007