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  • 500 Years of Chaos: Protestantism’s Anniversary

    06/08/2014 1:59:17 PM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 682 replies
    Catholic Analysis ^ | 7 June 2014 | Philipp Rogall
    In 2017, we will witness the 500th anniversary of one of the most important, influential and regrettable events in Church history: the Protestant Reformation, or the Protestant Rebellion, as some prefer to call it. Indeed, the latter term would suit me better, too. But, being German, I am used to the former expression and should I ever refer to said event as die protestantische Rebellion, people would think me some sort of radical. On that thought, perhaps it is worth noting that rebels are often quite radical themselves, which is one thing we can definitely say of the so-called "Reformers"....
  • [Why Calvinism?] Why Not Lutheranism? [Protestant / Baptist Caucus]

    11/13/2013 10:44:53 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 10 replies
    Old Life ^ | 10/31/2013 | D.G. Hart
    While Joe Carter is yet again telling me what I should do, this time how to think about October 31st, Protestants (and others) in Hillsdale will be observing Reformation Day with a book talk by (all about) me on Calvinism. What follows is an excerpt: Calvinism (Why not Lutheranism?) One of the stranger features of religion in the United States is the level of comfort that Americans seem to have with Calvinism even though it is a version of Christianity that many, along with H. L. Mencken, place in their “cabinet of horrors” – the Baltimore journalist put it on...
  • ELCA Has Biggest Split in American Church History

    07/13/2013 12:19:30 PM PDT · by rhema · 189 replies
    Steadfast Lutherans ^ | 7/12/13 | Rev. Kevin Vogts
    Since shortly after its formation in 1988 the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has been fixated on deviant sexual behavior, culminating in the endorsement of homosexual pastors in 2009, homosexual “marriage” in 2011, and the election last month of their first homosexual bishop. Dr. James Nestingen, a highly respected scholar and retired ELCA seminary professor, recently concluded that promoting acceptance of deviant sexual behavior has actually replaced the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the primary mission and message of the ELCA. Those within the ELCA demanding these radical changes asserted it is necessary for the ELCA’s very survival. Supposedly, they...
  • Should the Free World develop in the Mexican or the Scandinavian direction?

    04/13/2012 7:00:07 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 30 replies
    04/14/2012 | WesternCulture
    The Mexican countryside is sunny, pleasant, full of stray dogs and in each corner of Russia, you'll find decaying houses containing a samovar. But today, a nation like Mexico or Russia probably wouldn't last two months in a full out military confrontation with tiny Sweden (9.5 inhabitants). But that isn't the real point here, although it is worth pointing out how pathetic nations like Mexico and Russia really are considering the fact they have an abundance of natural resources and border to two of the largest and most successful economies on Earth (USA and the EU). America is presently being...
  • Lutheranism and Private Confession (Is Lutheranism Biblical?)

    11/28/2011 3:27:18 PM PST · by rzman21 · 65 replies
    On Private Confession and Absolution Confession has not been abolished in our churches. For it is not customary to administer the body of Christ except to those who have been previously examined and absolved. The people are also most diligently taught concerning faith in the word of absolution, about which there was a great silence before now….Nevertheless, confession is retained among us both because of the great benefits of absolution and because of other advantages for consciences. (Augsburg Confession XXV [Kolb/Wengert 73:1-2; 75:13]) As a consequence of the vows I took to uphold the Scriptures and the proper interpretation of...
  • DOJ: Feds Can Tell Church Who Its Ministers Will Be

    10/12/2011 11:27:49 AM PDT · by Dr. White · 77 replies
    Townhall ^ | 10/12/2011 | Terry Jeffrey
    In yet another stunning attack on freedom of religion, President Barack Obama's Justice Department asked the Supreme Court last week to give the federal government the power to tell a church who its ministers will be. The case involves a former teacher at Lutheran school, who along with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is pushing a claim that a Lutheran congregation should be forced to restore her ministry position. Americans United for Separation of Church and State and American Atheists, Inc. have filed briefs siding with the Obama administration against the church. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Church...
  • Greensburg native, IUP grad named bishop of new breakaway Lutheran (NALC) denomination

    09/19/2011 4:43:02 AM PDT · by Cronos · 18 replies
    Pittsburgh Live ^ | 19 Sep 2011 | Richard Robbins
    The new bishop of a breakaway Lutheran denomination says there will be "no compromise" on the issue of gay pastors with its liberal counterpart, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.Bishop John Bradosky, 59, a native of Greensburg, said while he is open to dialogue between the North American Lutheran Church and the ELCA, there is a limit to what can be agreed to. Closing the breach between the two would "require some really major changes" on the part of the ELCA, Bradosky said. "I'm not sure there is an openness to those kinds of changes," he added. "We're certainly open...
  • The Path of Least Repentance

    09/10/2011 7:18:58 AM PDT · by rhema · 1 replies
    Common Sense for a Senseless World ^ | 9/3/11 | Don Kriefall
    I am a sinful human being that continually falls short of the glory of our Savior. Without my Lord and Savior, I can accomplish nothing. John 15:5-8, Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in...
  • The "How To" Show: How To Be Controversial Finished Version (Ep. 5)

    08/21/2011 3:31:52 PM PDT · by ReformationFan
    Youtube ^ | 8-7-2011 | The Lutheran Satire
  • Michele Bachmann Leaves Church Accused of Anti-Catholic Bias ["I Love Catholics"-Bachmann]

    07/15/2011 2:23:55 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 94 replies
    LA Times ^ | July 13, 2011 | James Oliphant
    Michele Bachmann Leaves Church Accused of Anti-Catholic Bias By James Oliphant July 15, 2011 Taking a page from President Obama’s political playbook, Michele Bachmann has formally left a church in Minnesota accused of holding anti-Catholic views. According to CNN, the church that Michele Bachmann and her husband Marcus had attended for more than a decade, Salem Lutheran in Stillwater, Minn., granted the couple’s request to be released from their membership last month, a week after Bachmann told a national audience that she would run for the Republican presidential nomination. The Bachmanns had approached their pastor and verbally made the request...
  • Lativa: Lutherans condemn homosexual propaganda in schools

    07/11/2011 7:15:48 PM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Spero News ^ | 7/11/11
    Christian churches in Latvia have criticized a new social science school textbook that describes gay and lesbian life as a "normal aspect of sexuality." "The church isn't alone in its traditional view of the family in Latvia," said Ivars Kubcis, spokesman for the country's Evangelical Lutheran church. "Our church's attitude to homosexuality is strongly linked to our understanding of Bible teaching and the authority of God's Word; in brief, we regard homosexuality as a sin. At the same time, we welcome different kinds of sinners in our churches, who admit they are sinners." Kubcis issued the statement to ENInews today...
  • The Trials of American Lutheranism

    05/10/2011 8:57:48 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    First Things ^ | May 2011 | Robert Benne
    The torments that the two major American Lutheran churches have visited on themselves.The two largest Lutheran churches in America have now broken up: the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS) in the 1960s and 1970s after a brutal conflict between insurgent conservatives and complacent liberals, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) in the last few years, as the predictable result of a flawed ecclesial foundation. While both stories are instructive in their own right, the striking thing about them is that they are compellingly connected. The refugees from the first conflict were instrumental in shaping the flawed foundation of the second....
  • How to Establish Authority in a Church

    05/10/2011 9:04:37 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 668 replies · 1+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | 5/9/11 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    I intended to give the poor Protestants a break, but now I read that the Lutherans are imploding or exploding, depending on your point of view. It seems that the two largest Lutheran “churches” in America have broken up, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). The first split occurred in the 1960’s and 1970’s after a long battle between resurgent conservatives and liberals, the latter including especially the faculty of Concordia Seminary. The liberal losers in the LCMS moved on to help shape the ELCA in the late 1980’s, but they crafted a...
  • Lutherans' Ecumenical Journey Highlighted by Unexpected Moments

    09/30/2010 6:33:05 PM PDT · by lightman · 11 replies
    ELCA News Service ^ | 30 September AD 2010 | John Brooks
    ELCA NEWS SERVICE September 30, 2010 Lutherans' Ecumenical Journey Highlighted by Unexpected Moments 10-256-JB CHICAGO (ELCA) -- Two Lutherans retracing Martin Luther's 1510 journey from Erfurt, Germany, to Rome report that "unexpected company or hospitality" from people they've met are among the best moments they've experienced so far. The Rev. Dr. Sarah Hinlicky Wilson and her husband, Dr. Andrew Lars Wilson, left Erfurt on foot Aug. 22 and are now in Italy. Luther was an Augustinian friar who created controversy with his 95 Theses. Luther's statement, which he nailed to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany in...
  • Protestantism didn't end 350 years ago

    08/06/2010 6:04:18 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 118 replies · 1+ views
    08/07/2010 | WesternCulture
    Too few school children of today grow up knowing what Gustavus Adolphus - the Lion of the North - accomplished in his lifetime. Northern Europe, especially Scandinavia, of today is nothing like "Trainspotting". Northern Germany, Scandinavia, the Netherlands and Britain of today disposes of more industrial plants, more of well reputed universities and more of well educated workers than any other comparable part of the planet. Why? In one word: Protestantism. Regardless of the differences between the largest Lutheranist church on Earth, the Church of Sweden, and the Church of England which understands itself to be both Catholic and Reformed,...
  • Swedish school scolded for prayer readings

    04/15/2010 12:23:07 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 20 replies · 430+ views ^ | 04/15/2010 | Peter Vinthagen Simpson
    A school in Karesuando in northern Sweden has been criticised by the National Agency for Education (Skolverket) for holding prayer and psalm readings during classes after children from a conservative Lutheran offshoot joined the school. The agency has criticised the municipal school for breaching requirements to conduct non-confessional teaching after a report from a parent of one of the children at the school. "It is stressed that all parents should [...] be able send their children to school, safe in the knowledge that their children will not be affected unilaterally in favor of one or other particular viewpoint," the agency...
  • ELCA Publisher's Board Terminates Defined Benefit Retirement Plan

    01/04/2010 7:44:16 PM PST · by lightman · 7 replies · 562+ views
    ELCA News Service ^ | 4 January AD 2010 | John Brooks
    ELCA Publisher's Board Terminates Defined Benefit Retirement Plan 10-001-JB CHICAGO (ELCA) -- Augsburg Fortress, the publishing ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), announced in a Dec. 31, 2009, letter to participants that it will terminate its defined benefit retirement plan effective March 5. The action, approved by the board of trustees of Augsburg Fortress Dec. 18, affects 500 plan participants. Not affected by the decision is the company's current retirement plan -- a defined contribution plan -- in which Augsburg Fortress' current employees can participate. That plan is a 403b plan "common for non-profit organizations," according to...
  • What Lutherans Believe: What About... Mormonism?

    12/19/2009 7:10:18 PM PST · by delacoert · 267 replies · 2,777+ views
    Life of the World ^ | A. L. Barry
    The Rise of Mormonism If anyone doubts that the Mormonism is a growing concern, just consider these facts. The Mormon church has grown from 2 million members in 1963 to 9.7 million members today with "stakes" (as they call their congregations) in 160 different countries. In the United States alone there are approximately 5 million people who claim to be Mormons!As we express our deep concerns about the anti-Christian nature of Mormonism, it is important that we recognize that many Mormons are fine people, with high moral values and deep devotion to their family. The sincerity of the Mormon people...
  • Dissident Lutherans: bullying over gays

    12/19/2009 9:30:46 AM PST · by Not gonna take it anymore · 16 replies · 810+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Saturday, December 19, 2009 | Wayne M. Anderson
    A decision to ordain actively gay clergy has caused deep fissures in the nation's largest Lutheran church group, with some traditional Lutherans saying they have been subjected to threats and retaliation as they consider breaking away. Several disaffected members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) say the decision made at the church's national convention in Minneapolis in August could prompt a major exodus from one of America's biggest Protestant denominations. "I wouldn't even begin to tell you how many thousands [of calls] I've gotten," said Paull Spring, chairman of Lutheran Coalition for Renewal, or CORE, a national coalition...
  • Eastern European Lutherans respond to sexuality decisions

    12/15/2009 7:57:22 AM PST · by rhema · 6 replies · 455+ views
    Lutheran Churches in Eastern Europe have added their voices to those of Lutherans worldwide who are critical of the decisions of the 2009 ELCA Churchwide Assembly to endorse same-sex unions and to allow pastors to be in same-sex sexual relationships. The leaders of the Lutheran Churches in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania met Nov. 3-4. The bishops issued a message noting the crisis of faith and fellowship caused by the actions of the ELCA and the Church of Sweden in endorsing same-sex sexual relationships. These churches are all members of the Lutheran World Federation. “At the present time a common witness...
  • About Iran, democracy, Islam, Christianity and ourselves

    06/26/2009 3:01:12 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 23 replies · 618+ views
    06/26/2009 | WesternCulture
    Islam is, undeniably, a major source of inspiration for terrorism, oppression and barbarism. Many would even say the very nature of Islam is nothing but sheer evil and among these gainsayers of Islam we find plenty of well educated and highly literate individuals. Personally speaking, I can't say that I've grown more tolerant of Islam the more educated I've become. But could Muslim nations that today are run by advocates of pure evil eventually be transformed into well functioning democracies? Will Iran ever become a true democracy? Will Iraq? Will Saudi Arabia? - Or will Islam hinder such a development?...
  • Martin Luther’s Devotion to Mary(Ecumenical)

    11/16/2008 5:21:34 AM PST · by GonzoII · 22 replies · 1,062+ views
    CatholicCulture ^ | April 24, 2003 | by Dave Armstrong
    Martin Luther's Devotion to Mary by Dave Armstrong .. Despite the radicalism of early Protestantism toward many ancient Catholic "distinctives," such as the Communion of the Saints, Penance, Purgatory, Infused Justification, the Papacy, the priesthood, sacramental marriage, etc., it may surprise many to discover that Martin Luther was rather conservative in some of his doctrinal views, such as on baptismal regeneration, the Eucharist, and particularly the Blessed Virgin Mary. Luther indeed was quite devoted to Our Lady, and retained most of the traditional Marian doctrines which were held then and now by the Catholic Church. This is often not well-documented...
  • Today we celebrate Lutheranism!

    11/06/2008 7:23:27 AM PST · by WesternCulture · 42 replies · 858+ views
    11/06/2008 | WesternCulture
    It's a shame that in the largest Protestant country on Earth, as well as in many other Protestant corners of the world, people who call themselves Protestants usually know very little about the history of our faith. On the 6th of November 376 years ago, military genius and sole defender of the Lutheran faith, Gustavus Adolphus or Gustavus The Great, died at the battle of Lützen fighting the military forces of Catholicism and the Holy Roman Emperor under the command of Wallenstein. Gustavus died but Wallenstein was utterly defeated. However, the Thirty Year's war went on for decades. Thanks to...
  • 500 years ago, Protestantism became a world power thanks to commanders like these

    09/07/2008 1:11:27 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 32 replies · 691+ views
    09/07/2008 | WesternCulture
    World history, as most Westerners interprets it, very much revolves around nations like France, Russia/Soviet, Britain, Italy and USA. These corners of the Earth, undeniably, have played major roles in the development of mankind. BUT, there seems to be a gap in the historical knowledge of several, otherwise well educated, Westerners concerning what took place during the period of approximately 1620-1720 on European soil. A lot of people seem aware that Britain at that time was not really, yet, the world's leading power and that France, Spain, Austria and Holland excersised much of influence over world affairs. However, during this...
  • The least patriotic country on Earth half-heartedly celebrates National Day

    06/06/2008 3:43:42 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 58 replies · 891+ views
    06062008 | WesternCulture
    Every nation could be described as a manifestation of a unique trait of character and most countries furthermore nurture, give emphasize to and celebrate this national identity of theirs. Some examples of such key national characters (please DO comment if you feel inclined to); USA: Liberty Italy: Creativity France: Refinement India: Spirituality Germany: Self-discipline Finland: "Sisu" (a Finnish term meaning "To have guts") Britain: Elevatedness Denmark: "Hygge" (a Danish word meaning "Good-naturedness", of mind as well as of deed) Spain: Passion China: Cultivation Russia: Chaos - just joking, I would actually say "Heart" (in the sense of having a big...
  • Celebrating the man who defeated Catholicism: 'Gothenburg's King' remembered with cakes and statues

    11/03/2006 3:41:29 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 79 replies · 1,423+ views ^ | 11/03/2006 | Janelle Larsson
    On the 6th of November, Sweden – and Gothenburg in particular – remembers perhaps its most famous and successful King: Gustav II Adolf, who reigned from 1611 until his death in 1632. Monday will be the 374th anniversary of his death (aged just 37) on the battlefield in Lützen in Germany during the Thirty Years War. He is the only Swedish King to have been honoured with the title “The Great” (“Den Stora”) and the anniversary of his death is an official Swedish flag day. Related Articles 'Swede's body found' in Ireland 3rd November 2006 Viking treasure found on Gotland...
  • German Church Organizes Know-Islam Exhibition

    01/10/2005 5:43:59 PM PST · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 57 replies · 764+ views
    Islam Online ^ | January 10, 2005 | Ahmed Al-Matboli
    BERLIN, January 10 ( – The Protestant Lutheran Church in the northwestern German city of Hannover is organizing an exhibition to acquaint the Germans with Islam and enhance the integration of the Muslim community into society. The exhibition, entitled “The Faces of Islam”, kicked off on Sunday, January 9, and runs through February 5. Its program is the work of the female students of the Protestant Studies Institute in the western city of Aachen. The mobile fair will move around 10 German states with the main focus being the everyday life of German Muslim women. It organizes interviews with Muslim...
  • Luther's lavatory thrills experts

    10/23/2004 12:38:21 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 10 replies · 409+ views
    BBC News ^ | 10/22/04 | BBC News
    Archaeologists in Germany say they may have found a lavatory where Martin Luther launched the Reformation of the Christian church in the 16th Century.The stone room is in a newly-unearthed annex to Luther's house in Wittenberg. Luther is quoted as saying he was "in cloaca", or in the sewer, when he was inspired to argue that salvation is granted because of faith, not deeds. The scholar suffered from constipation and spent many hours in contemplation on the toilet seat. 'Earthy Christianity'The lavatory was built in the period 1516-17, according to Dr Martin Treu, a theologian and Luther expert based in...
  • Swedish breakaway diocese awaits first bishop and new priests

    09/30/2004 9:09:14 PM PDT · by sauerkraut · 9 replies · 356+ views
    Ecumenical News International Daily News Service 30 September 2004 Swedish breakaway diocese awaits first bishop and new priests By Lars Grip Stockholm, 30 September (ENI)--A breakaway diocese of the (Lutheran) Church of Sweden, the Mission Province, hopes soon to ordain a bishop and three priests of its own. The Mission Province is not a geographical diocese but a grouping of Swedish Lutherans who oppose women priests and reject the Church of Sweden's support for a wedding ceremony for homosexual couples. The name of the bishop has not yet been made public, but the consecration is scheduled to be led by...
  • Catholic priest suspended in Germany after heading communion service at Lutheran church

    07/17/2003 9:33:11 AM PDT · by NYer · 47 replies · 1,101+ views
    AP Wire .. direct feed | July 17, 2003 | GEIR MOULSON
    BERLIN (AP) _ A Roman Catholic priest based in Germany was suspended Thursday for leading a high-profile open communion service at a Lutheran church in May in defiance of a papal admonition. The bishop of Trier barred Gotthold Hasenhuettl, a professor emeritus of theology at the University of Saarbruecken in western Germany, from celebrating the Eucharist and withdrew his church teaching permit. On May 29, around 2,000 people crowded into Berlin's Gethsemane Church as Hasenhuettl distributed communion wafers among the worshippers _ Roman Catholics and Lutherans alike. He celebrated a Roman Catholic Eucharist, but the service was advertised as an...
  • The Enemy part 2

    02/28/2003 2:17:46 PM PST · by Commander8 · 7 replies · 198+ views
    An Understandable History of The Bible ^ | 1987 | Dr. Samuel C Gipp Th.D
    A New Plan Let it be remebered, JESUITS DO NOT GIVE UP. They would have to bide their time. They would once again resort to undercover activities as they had so many times before. Their task would be a difficult one, yet for the unfaltering Jesuits, not impossible. They would have to discredit the Reformation. They would have to dislodge the Universal Greek Text from the firm position it once held in the minds and hearts of English scholarship. The would have to "wean" Protestantism back into the fold of Rome. To do this they would use the same plan...
  • Gaffney,SC-Local Lutheran church changes affiliation

    11/09/2002 6:41:42 AM PST · by Captain Shady · 9 replies · 149+ views
    The Gaffney Ledger ^ | Nov. 9,2002 | Scott Powell
    Local Lutheran church changes affiliation By SCOTT POWELL Ledger Staff Writer St. Paul's Lutheran Church took the historic step Sunday of becoming the first South Carolina church to leave its state and national Lutheran governing bodies. St. Paul's Lutheran Church congregation members voted 90-25 following Sunday's worship service to leave the S.C. Synod and Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). The move followed a 4-year span in which St. Paul's and several other Lutheran churches statewide have struggled with what pastor Roger Lindler described as a national "theological shift in the direction of the Lutheran church." The ELCA's activities have...