In Statu Confessionis

Pastor Steven Tibbetts introduces a new blog, Lutherans Persisting, by Michael Root of the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. Root began with this post: The ELCA is now in crisis.  On the most obvious level, the decisions to permit same-sex blessings and to permit ordinations of persons in such same-sex relations will lead many individuals and…

Behold Now the Kingdom

A pastor’s reflections on missed opportunities at Kennedy’s funeral. The homily–thoroughly Pelagian; no preaching of the gospel, instead patting Teddy on the back for all his “good works.”

Clericalism in Catholicism

The Vatican has rejected the Maryknoll order’s chosen superior for the US because he is a lay brother, and not a priest, demanding that in orders of laity and priests, only priests can be elected superior.

Catholic Bishops in Conflict

Archbishop Michael Sheehan of Santa Fe has come out in criticism of some of his fellow bishops–and said many others who are silent also disagree with them, but don’t want to be seen in open conflict. The issue: pro-abortion politicians. A vocal minority criticized Notre Dame’s invitation to Obama. “Last month,” said Sheehan, “the pope…

Ted Kennedy

You’ve heard the news. Ted Kennedy has died. Friends of mine are pouring out eulogies on Facebook and blogs. I found the man revolting … a spoiled rich kid who got what he wanted; a sleazy politician who had no scruples; a mover and shaker of the extreme left who sought to bring down the…

Albert Mohler on ELCA Actions

See Dr. Mohler’s Blog. The actions in Minneapolis would be inconceivable but for the fact that the denomination has for decades allowed increasing theological pluralism to mark its membership and its leadership. But plainly, this pluralism allows for radically different theologies to reside within one denomination and for fundamentally divergent understandings of Scripture and biblical…

The ELCA and Postmodernism

ELCA pastor Ryan Mills, a delegate to the “Churchwide Assembly,” reflects. Meanwhile, a statement by David deFreese, the bishop of the ELCA’s Nebraska Synod, demonstrates the postmodern attitude of those who dominate the ELCA.

The ELCA’s Ecumenical Decisions

At its Churchwide Assembly this week, the ELCA approved full communion with the United Methodist Church. It already has such agreements with the Episcopal Church, the Presbyterian Church USA, the Reformed Church in America, and the United Church of Christ, and the Moravian Church. What unites all of these denominations, of course, is their liberalism.…

Reflections on the ELCA Decision

Yesterday’s vote at the ELCA Churchwide Assembly giving approval to pastors in homosexual relationships, like earlier votes this week which also blessed homosexuality, should have surprised no one. The ELCA has been headed in this direction since it was created in 1987 from a merger of the LCA, ALC, and AELC. The ink was hardly…