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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.