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The Faith That Possesses Nothing (and Everything): Bo Giertz’s Faith Alone

The late Swedish Lutheran Bishop Bo Giertz has long been an Mbird favorite. Whether it be his novels, sermons, or devotional, he’s been a thoughtful resource over the years for his brilliant expositions on law, gospel, justification by faith. Our friends at 1517 recently published an English translation of his 1943 book, Faith Alone: The […]

When Joan Didion Cries into a Food Fair Bag

I suppose it was only a matter of time before I found myself infatuated with the likes of Joan Didion. Along with her recent Netflix documentary and her brief epigraph in Lady Bird, her recently resurfaced essay “On Self-Respect” was nothing short of a pleasant surprise (ht JR). Originally commissioned as a last-minute addition to a […]

Modern Marcionitism and the Epistle of James (Part II)

In my previous post on the Epistle of James and the origins of its place in the New Testament Canon I noted (following David Nienhuis’s excellent work on the subject) that James found its canonical home within the New Testament as a corrective to the persistent threat of Marcionitism. While Marcion, reading Paul, divorced the […]

James, an “Epistle of Straw”? Not So Fast!

Whenever I read the letters of Paul and his great doctrine of justification by faith, there is always lurking in the background the problem posed by the Epistle of James and its not-so-apparent direct refutation of Paul. And in any discussion of justification by faith there always lurks the specter of James, always calling into […]

The Mighty Breakup: Conditional Calculations, Unconditional Promises and the Beginning of New Life

Alrighty kids, time for another dynamite portion of Gerhard Forde’s dynamite essay in Christian Spirituality: Five Views of Sanctification. I assure you that the 35th anniversary of Rumours this week is purely coincidental:  Justification by faith alone, without the deeds of the law, is a mighty breakup of the ordinary schemes of morality and religions; […]

What “Faith Alone” Really Means: A Word from Steven Paulson’s Lutheran Theology

From Steven Paulson’s tremendous overview of the roots of the Lutheran faith, Lutheran Theology, in which he talks about the radicality of Luther’s understanding of “faith alone,” and its perpetual endangerment before the human yearning to earn. The key problem with mixing up grace and some capacity of the soul…is that we fail to understand […]

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 […]