In 1963 Karl Barth said: “The greatest obstacle to reunion between Protestants and Catholics is a little word which the Catholic Church adds after nearly every one of our Protestant affirmations. It is the little word ‘and.’ When we say Jesus, Catholics say ‘Jesus and Mary’. We seek to obey Christ, our only Lord: Catholics obey Christ and his Vicar on earth, the Pope. We believe the Christian is saved through the merits of Jesus Christ: Catholics add, ‘and our own merits’, that is, because of works. We believe the sole source of Revelation is Scripture: Catholics add ‘and Tradition’. We say knowledge of God is obtained by faith in His word expressed in Scripture: Catholics add and by reason.”
Barth concludes: “Practically the whole problem comes to discussing in what measure we can agree on the sense to be given to this little word ‘and’“.
(“Karl Barth: His Views on the New Oecumenical Climate,” The Tablet [March 2, 1963] 24.)
Church Attacks: Love Alone Will Not Save Us – George Igler
Concern for “unity” is a pretext to censor those who ask the hard questions. Read more here.
Called to Common Confirmation – The Living Church
ELCAers happy to do things the Episcopal way. Read more here.
As the ELCA adopts ordained deacons at it August 2016 Churchwide Assembly, remember how Lowell Almen double-crossed the church in 1999.
• August 1999: The ELCA adopts the Tucson Resolution as “binding.”
• Lowell Almen tells Episcopal officials: The ELCA did not adopt the Tucson Resolution as a binding interpretation!
• November 1999: Lowell Almen tells the ELCA Church Council the Tucson Resolution is not binding.
Why all this maneuvering? Why were Lutherans misled? Because top ELCA leaders knew all along that the ELCA must adopt the threefold hierarchy of bishop, priest, and deacon to fully achieve full communion with the Episcopal Church. Read more here and here.
Episcopal official Rev. Dr. J. Robert Wright spoke at the 1997 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. He said that Episcopalians were troubled by the way ELCA leaders “were fudging” on the ordination of bishops and the future requirement for ordained deacons. Read more here.
In August 2016 the ELCA will adopt the order of deacon as required to achieve full communion with the Episcopal Church. The fix is in. The fix has been in for a long time. An ordained diaconate is a done deal. Read more here.
How Brexit shattered progressives’ dearest illusions – Damon Linker
Progressivism: A quasi-eschatological faith in historical progress.
Jesus’ Wife? — Charlotte Allen
The final debunking.
Muslim ‘refugees’ threaten Minnesota community with rape – Leo Hohmann
The Minneapolis media are largely uninterested.
Obergefell and the New Gnosticism – Sherif Girgis
The sexual revolution used to be about freedom. Now it’s about coercion.
The ELCA will take a big step towards sacramental bishops, priests, and deacons (as required by CCM) at its August 2016 Churchwide Assembly in New Orleans.
See proposed ELCA constitutional change ¶7.54.01: “Ministers of Word and Service shall be known as deacons.” Read more here.
In defense of dissidence — Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Do you know what Da’wah is?
The Great Question — Andrew Klavan
Is Islamism the natural child of Islam or a cancer on the body?
“Body Art” and Conservative Values – Michael Medved
Surveys show that a full fourth of tattoo decorated Americans, including the trendiest young people, already regret their decision to ink their bodies. Read more here.
At St. John we were surprised by the high level of participation in a special memorial service that we held on a Saturday night for our members and the community. The service had almost twice as many people in attendance as during a regular Sunday service. Read more here.
New Evidence on When Bible Was Written: Ancient Shopping Lists – Isabel Kershner
Send provisions to the troops in Judah. Read more here.
United Methodism’s global evangelical transformation | Religion News Service
African delegates now represent over 40% of the church. Read more here.
The LGBT Movement Will Self-Destruct — Rachel Lu
Keep explaining again and again that traditional sexual morality is not a
rejection of persons but of behaviors that are inimical to real human good. Read more here.