The Super Bowl

“Just plain nasty. The commercials, that is. Kind of like a certain troll on my blog who throws little nasty stink bombs occasionally. He’s listed as spam now.

ELCA Stumbles Ever Onward

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will release its latest draft sex statement on February 19 at 1:00 p.m.  Eastern Daylight Time (I wonder how this will work, since daylight savings time will not be in effect). It seems they’ve been at this since the formation of the ELCA on January 1, 1988. The first…

The Vatican and Italian Law

Under the terms of the 1929 Concordat with Mussolini, the Vatican adopted Italian laws. With Italy now pushing things like same-sex marriage and abortion, the Vatican has changed that and said it will only adopt those laws that don’t violate Catholic teaching. I don’t know why that would surprise anyone. Zenit has the basics; this…

New Edition of Chemnitz

Paul McCain announces that Concordia Publishing House has released a new edition of the works of Martin Chemnitz. Not new translations, but republications of its prior translations, but now in a set with consistent bindings and typeface. $251.92 for the eight volume set (which would cost $419.92 if you bought the volumes separately). Chemnitz’s Works,…

Jewish-Christian Relations at Boston College

In the Boston Globe, Michael Paulson interviews Raymond Cohen, BC’s first Corcoran Visiting Chair in Christian-Jewish Relations. A couple of key points: IDEAS: What about the reconciliation with the excommunicated bishops? COHEN: The director of the chief rabbinate rightly said this was a cause of real grief, but since then there have been clarificatory remarks…

Church and State in Texas

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Corsicana, TX, a conservative congregation, wants to prepare for the day that it might find itself in a struggle with a liberal bishop. So members got their state legislator to introduce a bill that would require courts, not church polity, to decide how to divide the property. While it appeals…

Corson on Arthur and Teresa Beem

Ron Corson reviews Arthur and Teresa Beem’s book against Adventism (Part One, Part Two, Part Three), documenting a lot of sloppiness. Teresa dismisses all his solid criticisms by saying, “What I am reading of your complaints against the book are legitimate if the book was written to convince a loyal Adventist reader.” No, his criticisms…