Lutheran Carnival III

Frederick the Wise

Frederick III, the Wise (1463-1525)

Elector of Saxony from 1486. Called “the Wise” because of his vision and astuteness, which raised little Saxony to the rank of the most influential power in Germany. At the death of Maximillian I (1519), Frederick was offered the Imperial crown, but he declined it. Frederick was largely a nationalist and worked toward strengthening his own government rather than that of the Empire and the Church. He was a devout son of the Church. In 1493, he went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and returned with a thumb of Anna, his favorite saint. This he added to the more than 5,000 relics he kept in the Castle Church at Wittenberg. In 1502, he had established Wittenberg University, to which Luther was called (1508). When Luther’s reformatory activity began to attract public notice, Frederick protected Luther. He would have no one condemned unheard and unconvicted, nor would he have an offense that had been committed in his country tried at Rome. Frederick and Luther communicated through Spalatin, Frederick’s secretary. Gradually the Gospel exerted its power on this devout Medieval man and Frederick became a Lutheran in faith — if not in public confession. He abolished the exhibition of his precious relics in 1523 and discontinued Masses in the Castle Church. Two years later, on his deathbed, he received Communion in the Lutheran and Scriptural form. (From the Reader’s Edition of the Book of Concord, p 712 - there is an entire glossary of people and groups mentioned in and having to do with the confessions!)

First come, first served:

Dan at Necessary Roughness brings us a post entitled From Firehouse to God’s House which details the search for the only LCMS church in Rock Springs, Wyoming. The author was rewarded with a good Law & Gospel sermon on Exodus 20:17, and he includes the sermon summary. In the comments, one of Dan’s friends questions the doctrine of Original Sin.

In Faith and Sin, Melancthon Sins Boldly considers C.F.W. Walther’s teaching on law and gospel as it is applied to the problem of persons who appear to be living in willful sin.

In her post It Pays to Wear a Collar, Erica at Journalistic Jargon writes on how a Lutheran pastor avoided getting stiffed by the AAA guy because the AAA guy noticed his collar. She expands on that to note how wearing a collar helps people recognize pastors in church settings.

Rev. Klages from A Beggar At The Table analyzes Simon of Acts 8, to see if he is indeed the heresiarch Simon Magus in his post Simon Magus.

If a picture’s worth a thousand words, this is a 3000 word essay comparing pop evangelical culture to medieval Catholicism in A newly-drawn cartoon at Kelly’s Blog.

Vicar Lehmann at Drowning Myself Whenever I Can brings us musings on love in 1 John in his post entitled Beloved…

Is Pat Robertson a Dietrich Bonhoeffer for our times? No, and John from Confessing Evangelical is here to tell us about it in his post Frightening the horses (2)

DaylightDaylight - the Weblog of Old Solar Online Magazine shows us howPat Robertson proves Neil Postman’s point about how television distorts politics, news, and religion by mangling all three at once in his post entitled Don’t Know, Don’t Tell.

Prayer from Despair: A Psalm for Our Times is brought to us by Cyberstones. Petersen prays Psalm 74 for the LCMS and finds a path out of despair.

David at Cross+Wise wades into the debate over pride and the Lutheran Carnival with a story about two men in his post Old Man / New Man.

Daniel at Long Thoughts of a Confessional Lutheran offers up a post headlined LUTHERAN PASTOR FOUND TO BE INVOLVED IN PROHIBITION MOVEMENT, in which the Schiester, the satirical arm of the website, takes aim at a fellow Lutheran blogger for his views and compares them to the views driving pietism. WARNING: This post has been described as, “vile.” [Editor’s note: The author is using satire to make a point. Think Onion, Lark News, The Holy Observer or CBS. The quotes are not real.]


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Be Strong in the Grace brings us thoughts on vocation and missions, focusing on the story of two young Latino evangelical pastors in the Chicago area in a post entitled We want them to experience a relationship with God.

Kathy’s Small Group Discussion Topics offers up a post entitled Thoughts on new birth. Kathy leads small group discussions for inmates at a county prison as a volunteer for Yokefellow Prison Ministry. This post includes thoughts on Iraq, civil war and surrender to Christ.

Pr. Alms at incarnatus est finds that as a pastor he knows numbers are not the heart of his ministry, yet he is tempted to count them and evaluate myself on the basis of them in God I Hate Numbers.

Terrible Swede, the “Earthy” Lutheran Blog vs. The Largest Filipino on Earth vs. “The Fluffy” blogs about how God uses our holy vocation - rightly practiced - to serve our neighbor in his post The Piper and The Pieta.

Pastor Walter Snyder of Ask the Pastor comments on the honor and, especially, the responsibility which falls upon baptismal sponsors in his post What’s a Godfather to Do?

Pride and Prejudice Punditry is part of an ongoing discussion of sinful and sanctified motivation for blogging in general and for participating in the Lutheran Carnival in particular by Orecteropus Afer at Aardvark Alley.

God is The Pilot brings us What About?, about the What About? series found on the LCMS website. It gives lots of good information on some common questions that people ask of us as Lutherans.

Last and probably least is my contribution. I decided to include my post addressing the recent Post Submission Concerns. This post details the reasoning behind the rule that each blogger must submit his own post.

Frederick the Wise
Frederick the Wise, Elector of Saxony, protected Luther from Rome.

5 Responses to “Lutheran Carnival III”

  1. Blog Carnival Says:

    Lutheran Carnival III
    LUTHERAN CARNIVAL is now up at!

  2. Ron Olson, the Terrible Swede Says:

    Dear Elle,

    First, thank you for hosting the LCIII.

    Second, thanks for putting the time and energy in putting it together.

    Third, you may want to check the first link to Mrs. K’s blog - I don’t believe it’s working.

  3. Ron Olson, the Terrible Swede Says:

    Also, Elle, you may want to check the first link of Pr. Alms.

  4. Theresa K. Says:


    Your blog address and mine are mixed together in the Be Strong link, although the post title link works just fin. Thanks so much for all your time and effort, both you and Daniel and those to follow.

  5. Elle Says:

    Thanks so much Ron and Theresa! I believe I fixed the bad links!

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