"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

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I am now a forty-something attorney, but for 16 yrs I was the pastor of an evangelical church in a midwestern college town. I was early on the wave of the Reformed resurgence, but over the years I became more Lutheran on issues like law/gospel and cussing. I am married with six children ranging from age 20 to 4. I still moonlight as a preacher on weekends whenever I can.

“Set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed”

So imagine you are sitting in a doctor’s waiting room. When he calls your name, he’s going to tell you whether or not you have cancer. Your mind is racing with questions. If I have it, will I do chemo? Radiation? How will I tell the kids? How curable is this kind of cancer these […]

Reading this book by Steven Paulson. I like it. Anybody in here familiar with him?

I just finished reading a book called “The History of the Lutheran Church in North America.” It’s not really that different from the history of any other church in North America. It should have been titled, “The history of America through eyes of Lutherans.” It’s all just damn America. You wouldn’t expect the Lutherans to […]

So, just never mind evangelism then? Or is that incorporated by reference into the spitting and hunkering down?

One of the reasons I went to law school is that I came to realize that I was more of an evangelist than a pastor. I wanted to be more in the world than I was able to be as the pastor of a church. So I come at this from the evangelist’s perspective. During […]

the culture war is over, and we lost. Fearsome doesn’t seem to have made his peace with this yet. Jesse has, but has decided isolationism is the appropriate response. I’m agreeing that we lost the culture war, but suggesting there might be a way to maintain our convictions short of isolationism.

I don’t think those are the only two options. Why do you have to retreat into a Christian subculture to be defiant and counter-cultural? Why can’t you partner in service to the poor with people who disagree with you without taking orders from the liberal hegemons? A friend of mine wrote something on facebook that […]

Matthew, I’m not a prophet, nor the son of a prophet, and I used to work for a non-profit organization. But I would predict that the Wesleyans don’t all go to the same place. Some will stay and continue to be the conservative wing in the mainline, others will have had enough and join the […]

Haha. But I meant it as a serious question. You said you’d be surprised if there weren’t a split in 2016, so I was asking how you would decide which group to go with, the UMC that will be like the ELCA, or the NewMC that will be like NALC?

So, when they split, which way ya gonna go? ELCA or NALC?