Daily Archives: 2 Nov 2017

He Has Very Deep Concerns About This Papacy

This is must reading for the Catholics among you. It’s glorious.

A former chief of staff for the U.S. Bishops’ committee on doctrine has written to Pope Francis saying his pontificate is marked by “chronic confusion” and warning that teaching with a “seemingly intentional lack of clarity risks sinning against the Holy Spirit.”

Capuchin Father Thomas Weinandy, who is now a member of the Vatican’s International Theological Commission, criticized the Pope for “demeaning” the importance of doctrine, committing “calumny” against some of his critics, and appointing bishops who “scandalize” believers with dubious “teaching and pastoral practice.”

See the link for the whole epistle.

We Need to Demand Paper Ballots

Here’s why-

The Only Reason to Visit That Blog is Lauren’s Essay on Luther


She concludes-

The distinction between Law and Gospel, for Luther, is about how the human person is justified by faith alone apart from works in the event of Christ and the encounter with God in Christ. The offense in this is that works, according to Luther, have no meritorious component, there’s no way to hold God to the bargain: I’ve done my part now you have to do yours. Rather, we are forced to walk in the darkness of faith and trusting fully this God as revealed by Christ, placing all of our hope and assurance in God, by faith in Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Read the whole.  It’s the only reason to visit that blog.

Signs of the Times

The Pope Appears to Want Priests to have the Right to Marry

Not the Onion

Pope Francis has requested a debate over allowing married men in the Amazon region of Brazil to become priests, in a controversial move that is likely to outrage conservatives in the Church, Vatican sources say.

The pontiff took the decision to put a partial lifting of priestly celibacy up for discussion and a possible vote by Brazilian bishops following a request made by Cardinal Claudio Hummes, the president of  the Episcopal Commission for the Amazon, Il Messaggero newspaper quoted the sources saying.

Cardinal Hummes reportedly asked Francis to consider ordaining so-called viri probati, married men of great faith, capable of ministering spiritually to the many remote communities in the Amazon where there is a shortage of priests, and evangelical Christians and pagan sects are displacing Catholicism.

Next, Married Priests everywhere.  Then gay married priests.  Then, maybe, women priests…

A Long Forgotten Genevan Reformer Speaks

The Genevan Reformer Marie Dentiere speaks again after almost 500 years of being silenced…  And Catherine McMillan tells her story.

Terrible News

Terrible.  The Eerdmans bookstore is closing.

From its humble beginnings as a shelf of used books in a back room to its current location on Oak Industrial Drive, the Eerdmans Bookstore has been a fixture in the theological book world for the better part of a century. The store will remain open through December 2017, offering discounts on its remaining inventory.

To mark the special place the Eerdmans Bookstore has been to so many over the years, we’ll be publishing a retrospective of the store’s history here on Eerdword in the coming days.

My mood has taken a dark turn.

From Home Renovations to Bible Renovations…

It’s the natural progression really.

In 2014, HGTV crews followed Jen and Brandon Hatmaker’s quest to overhaul an old farmhouse for their growing family in hit show “My Big Family Renovation.” Now the home improvement cable channel has confirmed that they have asked the Hatmakers back for a new series entitled “My Biblical Doctrine Renovation.”

“The Hatmakers have an uncanny knack for tearing down old, worn-out, traditional things and replacing them with new, shiny fixtures and appliances, and they’ll be using these skills to renovate a traditional teaching from Scripture in each episode,” said an HGTV spokesperson.

“In every fun, relatable episode of the show, the Hatmakers will take a boring, traditional biblical doctrine, rip it to shreds using words like ‘tender’ and ‘nuanced,’ and replace it with something much more modern and acceptable,” the spokesperson said as part of the official announcement on the cable channel’s website.

“Viewers will get to see the detailed, step-by-step process of updating out-of-vogue beliefs into something cutting-edge and trendy.”

According to an early episode guide obtained by reporters, the Hatmakers will turn their renovation skills to the traditional understanding of doctrines like sin, gay marriage, hell, and the church.

At publishing time, Jen Hatmaker had tweeted that she was so excited to begin casting aside centuries of church doctrinal agreement in favor of her own vision that she “can’t even.”

AAR’s ‘Theology and Fashion: The Implications of Bonhoeffer’s Murderous Intentions on Clothing Lines’ Section Prepares for the Annual Meeting

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Here she is, the Project Leader of the Bonhoeffer and fashion section, Professor Charlotte von Barth, taking a break from her busy schedule to sit down with us for a discussion about Bonhoeffer and fashion:

Q: Your work in fashion and theology is world famous.  How did you get interested in the subject?

A: I was reading a biography of Bonhoeffer and I noticed how sharply he was dressed.  So I dug into his background and learned that he mixed theology and fashion and had even designed his own ‘Hitler murder plot’ line of clothing.

Q: How would you describe Bonhoeffer’s fashion sense?

A: Festive- as you can see from my own outfit, which I call ‘Bonhoeffer and bullets’.  Did you know, by the way, that Bonhoeffer designed all of the clothes that Charlotte von Kirschbaum wore when she went to the Bergli to ‘write’ (wink wink nudge nudge) with Barth?  He called that line the ‘CVK KB Collection’.

Q: Did Bonhoeffer’s theology play a direct part in your decisions?

A: No, not really.  His theology is so boring, so trite, and so empty, that if I were to use it as a pallet, it would be grey and dark.

Q: So, Bonhoeffer’s fashion is more important to you than his theology?

A: Yes.

Q: Then who’s theology does play a significant role?

A: Moltmann’s.

Q: That’s very interesting.  Why Moltmann?

A: Because his name reminds me of molting which reminds me of a bird which reminds me of colors.  And that is my inspiration!  Molting birds!!!  MOLTING MAN!

Q: Well that makes perfect sense then.  Thank you for your time.

A: And thank you for your questions.  And, if I may offer you some advice- get more colorful clothing.  It’s what Bonhoeffer would want.  And the redder, the better.  He did like blood.

The Final Post in the Christian History Institute’s Reformation Celebration

And it’s a good one.

Thirteen months ago, we kicked off our series of Refo Thursday posts with my initial reflections on Luther’s deathbed remark.  In between, we’ve heard from everyone from seminary professors to songwriters to bloggers to pastors to farmers to college students to our own staff. They’ve reflected on quotes from Martin Luther and John Calvin in great quantity, but also from many others who contributed to the turbulent sixteenth century: Katie Luther, Erasmus, Menno Simons, Thomas Cranmer, Jeanne d’Albret, Katharina Zell, Philipp Melanchthon, Huldrych Zwingli, Pierre Viret, Johannes Bugenhagen, Argula von Grumbach, Catherine Parr, and Andreas Karlstadt.  We’ve thought about issues of prayer, Scripture, fasting, church fellowship, worship, and following Christ–but also about education, war, suffering, marriage, children, politics, and so much more. Life, really.

Enjoy the rest.

Yup- The Congress We Have is the Fault of Voters

If you want to know what’s wrong with America, look in the mirror and blame yourself for sending the same criminals to Congress that you always vote for. Because you like your guy and blame everything on everyone else’s guy.  Never realizing that the entire Congress, every member, each and every single one of them, is corruption enfleshed.