Archive for November, 2009

November 23rd, 2009 - 11:24 pm § in Church

Setting Aside Good Order in the ELCA?

Life in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) these days is anything put peaceful and easy. Since the Churchwide Assembly in August passed a social statement on human sexuality (here, PDF) and resolutions to allow gay and lesbian individuals who are committed and monogamous same-sex rela[...]

November 9th, 2009 - 11:25 pm § in Liturgy, Theology

Believing and the Creed

I picked up Karen Armstrong’s latest book The Case for God this weekend. While paging through the book at the bookstore, I found a discussion of the English word “believe” and it’s development of meaning. “In Middle English,” Armstrong notes, “bileven meant [...]

November 3rd, 2009 - 5:38 pm § in Bible, Theology

Sola Scriptura

Over on his blog Liturgy, Bosco Peters (an Anglican priest in New Zealand) has an item about the notion of sola scriputra on the occasion of the Anglican commemoration of the 16th Century English theologian Richard Hooker. For many, both historically and today, the phrase is taken at face value, as [...]

November 2nd, 2009 - 4:09 pm § in Liturgy, Theology

All Saints

Yesterday, November 1, was the feast of All Saints. On that day, the church honors the whole communion of saints: all who walk in faith with Christ, our forebears in the faith whose witness has proceeded us. Many congregations also specifically remember those who have died in the last year. I’[...]

November 2nd, 2009 - 2:16 am § in Odd Oddments


“Welcome!” he said. “Welcome to a new year at Hogwarts! Before we begin our banquet, I would like to say a few words. And here they are: Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak! “Thank you!” Well, this isn’t Hogwarts, but my new blog for occasional thoughts on theology, B[...]