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Identity, Division, and Luther’s “Evil Name”

Another quick one from new Mockingbirder Win Jordan. Muzafer Sherif’s famous “Robbers’ Cave Experiment” says that we embrace division—not just that we are happy with divisions, but that we actively seek them out. In fact, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that we develop our identities and our community by way of our divisions. […]

We Are Bold to Say… The Lord’s Prayer, Pt 5: Forgive Us Our Trespasses

Forgive Us Our Trespasses, As We Forgive Those Who Trespass Against Us A single pang of hunger will drive home the truth of our need for bread, our utter dependence on it. But when it comes to survival, our need for forgiveness (both received and given) is a bit less obvious. Certainly, I can not […]

We Are Bold to Say… The Lord’s Prayer, Pt 4: Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

What a transition: to go from the wonder and splendor of the preceding verses—thoughts of heaven, of God’s hallowed name, of His beautiful kingdom and perfect will, to this: what concerns us. The transition is almost abrupt, moving from things above to things below, but—and our understanding of the Gospel is of great importance—not surprising: […]

Gerhard Ebeling on the Distinction Between the Law and the Gospel

I ran across an excellent statement by theologian Gerhard Ebeling about the importance of the distinction between the law and the gospel in his book, Luther: An Introduction to His thought:  “What does ‘distinction’ really mean here? Obviously it does not mean a division, a separation. There is not merely an alternative: either the law […]

Fight the Power: Banksy, External Authorities and Justification by Faith Alone

In case you missed it. From the LATimes: The artist known as Banksy is famous for his stealth graffiti projects that mix social commentary and subversive street art. In keeping with his rebel persona, Banksy’s guest “appearance” on “The Simpsons” on Sunday night [Oct. 10] was an unpredictable affair that mixed the anarchically humorous and […]

Gerhard Ebeling on Reformation and Reality

A few excerpts from the preface to the English edition of Gerhard Ebeling’s Word and Faith (pp.9-10), because it is never too early to begin celebrating Reformation Day:) We can give expression to our own theological aim only by trying to say what it is that counts in present-day theological work as a whole. Our […]

George Orwell and The Ministry of Law and Gospel

Dystopia(n): (1) an imaginary place where people lead dehumanized and often fearful lives; (2) the opposite of utopian; (3) one of my favorite literary and cinematic genres (check out the top 50 dystopian movies on this list) It doesn’t matter whether it is Isaac Asimov’s Caves of Steel or Ray Bradbury’s Farenheit 451, Waterworld or […]

Some Thoughts on the "Opiate"

From Gerhard Ebeling’s Luther, an Introduction to His Thought: “It can appear as though God is now made a substitute for our power, just as it was suggested before that faith might be seen as a substitute for our knowledge. But is must be noted that the emphasis is not on flight from need, but […]