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Facepalm

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There’s not much more of a reaction warranted for this little bit of theological idiocy. For those of you unclear on the matter, Pelagianism = Bad News, as in no good news, as in no Gospel to be found here. Pelagius and his teachings have no place in the Church. Our friend Luther had more than a little to say on this sort of teaching in his classic The Bondage of the Will. The recycling of old heresies will never end until the Lord’s return, it seems.

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24 October 2011 at 8:33 am

Posted in Weekly Notice

Cranks

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Cranks are easily dismissed, both in real life and online. Yet, surprisingly often, there is something to what they’re saying, something lurking amidst the (quite often amazingly varied and counter-to-the-facts) craziness, something worth hearing when it comes to their core focus. So try this on today: is there a crank in your life? Or one you encounter on a fairly regular basis? Pay attention to their central concern. You may be surprised by what you find.

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5 October 2011 at 10:46 am

Posted in Misc

A nice post on the contraction of religious freedom in America

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Here’s a nice post on First Things on recent developments in this direction.

Not all such constrictions of religious freedom are purposeful or even noticed. A well-under-the-radar (probably inadvertent) restriction on religious practice that affects Lutherans is found in institutional (usually correctional or mental health) settings where alcohol of all sorts is forbidden. As we believe and teach that the Lord’s Supper is to be received in both kinds, both the bread and wine, believers who are held in such settings can easily be denied access to the Sacrament. This is not a problem for nearly any other Christian group in America, as the Sacrament isn’t for many of them, and a goodly number on that side of the question deny that wine ought to be used anyway; this is also not of great concern for Roman Catholics (a local priest confirmed this for me as we discussed communing those in the local jail) due to their teaching (discussed here, for instance) that one receives both Christ’s body and blood in Holy Communion when either the consecrated bread or wine are consumed. Unforeseen consequences of such restrictions become institutionalized, and lead to further restrictions (intended or not) down the road.

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4 October 2011 at 11:11 am