"Seek out the society of your boon companions, drink, play, talk bawdy, and amuse yourself. One must sometimes commit a sin out of hate and contempt for the Devil, so as not to give him the chance to make one scrupulous over mere nothings…" –Luther

John H

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According to TMH, I’m one of six Lutherans living in Britain. Well, there are a few more of us than that, but I admit we are fairly thin on the ground over here. I’ve been a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of England since 2004, having previously been an Anglican evangelical. I live on the south-eastern fringes of London, with my wife and our three sons, and work as a technology lawyer.

Erstwhile Tavern-theologian-not-in-residence, Alastair Roberts, wrote a good post on the topic of sermons-as-monologues the other day: Hear Me Out: On Sitting Through Sermons. Key quote: While preaching is often placed in contrast to the rituals and actions of the liturgy, it is a liturgical act too, and the things that the various participants in the liturgical event of preaching […]

Jaredd: have you read Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book Life Together? That’s been blowing my mind recently.

Justin: A hypothetical question: Why would you let your thoughts about this man torture you? [...] That is unless you actually like being offended. Amen to that. Reminds me of when Margaret Thatcher died, and the British Twittersphere was immediately filled with two responses: People who had hated Margaret Thatcher (often people who had been […]

Who else is planning to catch the new Trek? Saw it last Friday. Is good fun. Could do without the utterly pointless underwear shot of Alice Eve (who is easy enough on the eye already without the director having to resort to such tedious high jinks), the deliberate nods to the Canon got a little […]

“Church confidentiality agreements”? Lord, have mercy.

“Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord”

Chris: that’s great. Reminds me of this passage from Alexander Schmemann’s book For the Life of the World, which I was reading only this morning: And yet, from its very beginning Christianity has been the proclamation of joy, of the only possible joy on earth. It rendered impossible all joy we usually think of as […]

Jaredd: part of me thinks this is the business world with a bible verse stuck on it. That’s because that’s what it is. Except a business would probably carry out its survey and statistical analysis with a bit more competence. That’s not to say that an exercise like this is altogether a bad thing, but […]

Justin: that reminds me of last night’s BBC coverage, where they had a segment describing Pope Francis’s background in Argentina, his criticisms of neo-liberal capitalism, his work supporting the poor, kissing people’s feet, modest background, living in a flat, taking the bus, etc. etc. Also the fact that he is clearly a cannier political operator, […]

Also, a man. Surprisingly, David Cameron didn’t repeat the exhortation he gave the Church of England to “get with the programme” over women bishops. (jn)

One helpful idea I’ve come across recently is the distinction between having a Rule, and having rules.