Lutheran Carnival XIV

Paul Gerhardt was a Lutheran pastor and hymn writer who was influential during his time. He was persecuted for standing with those who preached against Calvinism. He lost five of his seven children in infancy, then another child and his wife, leaving him to care for his one remaining child. During this time, many of his most beautiful hymns were written. Read more here and here.

It’s only fitting to begin this issue of Lutheran Carnival with a Sermon for New Year’s Day by Chaz at Drowning Myself Whenever I Can. Chaz doesn’t usually title his sermons, but if this one had a title, it would be “Jesus in Old Entish.”

Retailers think so, but Christmas isn’t over. It only began on December 25th. Mrs. T Swede brings us The True Meaning of the 12 Days of Christmas. The story about how the song came to be is still just an urban legend, but the meanings equated with the symbols makes this traditional Christmastime song a tool for catechetical reflection. If anyone knows the real reason, please share!

In Merry Christmas, Dan at Necessary Roughness puts up his Christmas tree, an appropriate Christmas hymn, and some posts of Christmases past. In his second post entitled Lutheran Mass for Christmas Morning by Gabrieli Consort & Players, Dan posts on a musical Christmas gift he received, and comments, “Some of those who favor a ‘contemporary’ music worship ’style’ cite that the old “liturgy? is boring. It is worth examining which liturgy they are talking about before we are ready to concede the point.”

Pastor Snyder of Ask the Pastor has a thing for the Twelve Days of Christmas (not the song, the actual days). Days 2 through 4 are considered together as The Witness Days. Then, On the Eighth Day of Christmas, he reminds us about the significance of the Circumcision and Name of Jesus.

Pastor Klages at A Beggar At The Table pauses from exploring heresies to wonder on the marvel of his Saviour’s birth in On Christ’s Nativity.

Brought to us by Mary is a picture of the church and leads us to reflect on the giving of the Word received through faith.

In A While Back… The Terrible Swede reminences gratefully of the past year after reading a newsletter from the Lutheran Heritage Foundation keeping in mind our Lutheran Confessions.

The Aardvark was busy with preaching and celebrating, but kept up with the major feasts and commemorations of the season. Of special note were the memorials to those whose bloodshed is remembered in the days following the coming of the Prince of Peace, Saint Stephen on 26 December and the Holy Innocents, the slaughtered boys of Bethlehem, on 28 December.

In Lewis’ “Third World,” the first of a short series of posts about CS Lewis and Narnia, John H from Confessing Evangelical looks at New Yorker “critic-at-large” Adam Gopnik’s summary of Lewis’ insights into the emergence of a “third world of the imagination” during the Renaissance. John H also reports on an interview with Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Movement in Free as in Freedom. Find out why free software (such as GNU/Linux, Firefox etc) is about freedom for computer users - and the fact that it often works better than proprietary software is neither here nor there.

Katie’s Beer brings us And Through His Wounds We Were Healed. The extra-scriptural antics of Fred Phelps have gone too far. She read this week the blog of a man directly affected by Phelps’ so-called ministry. To tell people that God’s grace is not for them is a grave sin, for there is no sin too great for our Savior. Randy Thomas rightly proclaims that all sins were ALREADY forgiven by Christ’s death on the cross and he is able to live confidently in God’s grace despite the anti-Christian antics of Fred Phelps.

Dan is completely off his rocker here.

In this post, Jeremy Abel at Living Among Mysteries addresses an important question raised in the Lutheran blogosphere - Is Contraception Sinful? It is the author’s opinion that those who reject contraception and/or advocate Natural Family Planning overemphasize one purpose of marriage and neglect the others.

The Ugly Side of Justification and Sanctification is addressed at Be Strong in the Grace. The matter of justification and sanctification is not one she expected to deal with when her family made the switch from a non-denomination pietistic lifestyle to confessional Lutheran Christian practice. Not only is she continually surprised by the debate among confessional Lutherans, she has to deal with it in her own home. What exactly are we free in Christ to do as we live on this earth?

Is $375 a fair price to find out how apathetic your church is? Pastor Chryst takes issue with “The Church Doctor” in his post Silly Putty? Just Silly. The Church Doctor.

We began with Vicar Lehmann and because he is the host of Lutheran Carnival XV, we will end with him as well. He brings us Calvinism and Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi, a few shower musings on why Lutherans can’t possibly accept Calvinism

7 Responses to “Lutheran Carnival XIV”

  1. The Terrible Swede Says:

    Thanks for putting this together!

  2. Dan at Necessary Roughness Says:

    Yes, thanks your hard work. Though I am getting some serious deja vu with respect to Mr. Gerhardt. :)

  3. Orycteropus Afer Says:

    Looks good, Elle. Thanks for the work.

  4. Elle Says:

    Doh! Sonofamonkey! I blame Dan. It’s his fault I’m so delightfully distracted. ;)

  5. The Terrible Swede Says:

    You sure those hairs weren’t blond?

  6. incarnatus est Says:

    Thanks for the work putting this out.

  7. Chaz Says:

    No worries. The Lutheran for the next carnival, as is my custom, was born more than a thousand years before Luther. ;-)

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