Lutheran Carnival

A weekly/bi-weekly roundup of the best posts in the confessional Lutheran blogosphere, as submitted by the authors.

Sonntag, Februar 10, 2008

Lutheran Carnival LXIX


Four humble submissions came to the Lutheran Carnival:

James Wilson of the House, M.Div. blog takes issue with Archbishop Rowan Williams' concession that the British government should allow some aspects of shar'ia law. Usually, as the Brits would say, if you're in for a penny, you're in for a pound. Between that issue and the Pope's alteration of the Good Friday prayer, Wilson issues No Sabers of Boldness Here.

The Blair Church Project, one of the more interesting new blogs, has posted Funeral for a Friend. Our times are in His hands as she introduces us to the generous life, passionate ministry and Gospel legacy of Rev. Matthew R. Williams, a big-hearted Texas pastor and missionary who died suddenly on February 5th at the age of 38. In Funeral for a Friend, Christina provides us with an interview Pastor Matt gave in which he talks frankly about the cause of the Gospel in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.

Partly in response to a book review on the Wittenburg Trail, David Bickel wrote Scripture Alone But Interpreted by Tradition? Bickel argues that tradition is not needed to intepret Scripture and make it clear, but pastors and teachers are needed to proclaim the clear Word.

Finally, I'm kicking in Expectations of Divine Law, where I note that Old Testament fear of consequence gave way to Phariseeism and finally to the desire to gain favor from God. We dare not get into a quid pro pro where we have no quid.

Update: Ryan Markel has submitted a proposal for Lutheran bloggers to unite in reading the scriptures through next year.

The Draft

Pastor Petersen of Cyberstones wrote Ashes to Ashes, We all Fall Down. He notes that he doesn't mind putting ashes on the foreheads of most people, but it bothers him a little to put ashes on the children that ask for them. Nevertheless, they will return to dust, too, and be raised again.

Keeping with Ash Wednesday, Pastor William Weedon in his Yearly Reminder tells us that the ash says, "I am dying...and so are you." The ashes reminded us that though we are dying, there is One who became our death for us that we may be His own.

Deaconess Emily Carder writes on the generic moralism that most people take for Christianity today, where Joel Osteen accepts Mitt Romney as a Christian. The Scriptures rebutt this Generic Jesus, Generic Christianity. To be Lutheran is to be Christian.

Along the lines of Luther and the Law, Pastor Charles Lehmann notes that the Ten Commandments are a repristination of natural law for Christians. Jesus broadens the Law, showing that all of us are condemned, but he doesn't leave it there. He takes our sins to the cross.

"Contemporary Christian Music is a valuable resource for the LCMS in the days of the post-modern world." Mike Baker, say what? :) Seriously, Mike analyzes CCM: Art Imitating Life, and instead of rejecting it out of hand, notes its benefit as a gauge of what people know about Christianity today.

Coming Soon

The Sellers family has volunteered for Carnival LXX.