quod pro nobis traditum est

Sunday, October 29, 2006

God's coin

The coin of Caesar is in gold, on which his image is stamped.
But man is God's coin, on which is the image of God. Therefore,
give your money to Caesar; keep for God a blameless conscience.

- Hilary (Matthew, Canon 23; cited in Toal, IV, 295)

Friday, October 27, 2006

city limits and the boundaries of sin and forgiveness

A prayer of the Church which was read one Sunday morning has me scratching my head. In the prayer, there was an undoubtedly well-intentioned petition seeking divine help to clean up the sin infesting our cities. Now, indeed we need divine help to bring cleansing, healing and forgiveness to those who are under the control of sin in their lives . . . in the city.

Then again, maybe not. After all, Walden Pond excepted, the suburbs and rural areas of our country are also beset by sin and its effects. Undoubtedly, the petition in this prayer of the Church is a wake-up call to the fact that we cannot forget the cities and the problems that all cities have.

On the other hand, the petition leaves the average faithful with the idea that sin has not yet crossed the city limits. This petition leaves the impression that those who live outside the city do not need forgiveness. Or is it, that forgiveness is no longer effective?

Although this may be a negative example of lex orandi, lex credendi we can hope that city limits will not be used to profile sin nor to put boundaries on forgiveness, forgiveness that in Christ is equal to "seventy times seven."

St. James of Jerusalem

This year's commemoration of St. James (Oct. 23) has passed but his memory lives on in the Church.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

St. Luke, Evangelist

"Inasmuch as many have taken in hand to set in order a narrative of those things which have been fulfilled among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account, most excellent Theophilus, that you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed . . ." - Luke 1

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr

Let not those who seem worthy of credit, but teach strange doctrines, fill thee with apprehension. Stand firm, as does an anvil which is beaten. It is the part of a noble athlete to be wounded, and yet to conquer. And especially, we ought to bear all things for the sake of God, that He also may bear with us. Be ever becoming more zealous than what thou art. Weigh carefully the times. Look for Him who is above all time, eternal and invisible, yet who became visible for our sakes; impalpable and impassible, yet who became passible on our account; and who in every kind of way suffered for our sakes. . . Give ye heed to the bishop, that God also may give heed to you. My soul be for theirs that are submissive to the bishop, to the presbyters, and to the deacons, and may my portion be along with them in God! Labour together with one another; strive in company together; run together; suffer together; sleep together; and awake together, as the stewards, and associates, and servants of God. Please ye Him under whom ye fight, and from whom ye receive your wages. Let none of you be found a deserter. Let your baptism endure as your arms; your faith as your helmet; your love as your spear; your patience as a complete panoply. Let your works be the charge assigned to you, that ye may receive a worthy recompense. Be long-suffering, therefore, with one another, in meekness, as God is towards you.May I have joy of you for ever!

(The Epistle of Ignatius to Polycarp, Chapters III & VI,

Saturday, October 07, 2006

holding on to the Lord's command

Thank you to pastors stateside for sharing this blog. Here is a paper presented by a pastor to the pastors' conference of our sister church "down under"Pastors' Conference. This is an eloquent show of conscience on the question of the ordination of women.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

some Lutheran books of note

For Lutherans, some books of note ( Their topics fit in with the title of this blog so I would be remiss not to mention them. ):

ON CHURCH (and Liturgy):
The 2nd edition of "The Church: Selected Writings of Arthur Carl Piepkorn" is now available. Additional volumes of Piepkorn's writings include "The Sacred Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions", "Ministry and Church" and "Worship and the Christian Life."

ON LITURGY (and Church):
"Lively Stone" by C. George Fry & Joel R. Kurz on the ministry of the Lutheran liturgist, Berthold von Schenk

"The Church" (A.C. Piepkorn) is a classic and every Lutheran pastor should have it. Whether or not one agrees with everything he writes the pastor can learn from his knowledge and understanding of the Lutheran Confessions and the historical practice of the Lutheran liturgy.

Berthold von Schenk is a relatively new name to me but one of significance to liturgical history and renewal within Lutheranism. When it comes to Lutheranism and liturgical renewal there are not many books out there so this should be of interest.

Disclaimer: The author of this blog does not necessarily have all of the books that he mentions here.