Category Archives: Theology of the Cross/glory

Even More Reasons to Like Lutherans

The first two are here and here. The third is here.

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Word of the Day: Politicism

This from one of the geek blogs I read, in response to our recent Big Weather Events: English needs, I think, a word for “beliefs which are motivated by the terror of being powerless against large threats”. The (apparently atheist) author … Continue reading

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The Best Thing to Happen to Lutheranism Since Calvinism

I may have tacked notices to the side of the Outhouse before about resources (in particular, audio resources), but this time, seriously, this is my Favorite. Is WHI too stodgy for you? Is WWDTM not theological enough? Well, from Pirate … Continue reading

Posted in Calvinism, Catechesis, Christian life, Compare and Confess, Confessionalism, Don Matzat, Education, Evangelism, Family, Gospel, History, Humor, Law/Gospel Distinction, Lutheranism, Plugs, Resources, Review, Some fun, Table Talk Radio, The gospel, The Protestant Reformation, The White Horse Inn, Theology of the Cross/glory, Two-kingdoms | 5 Comments

Reading Assignment

I don’t know if there are any regular visitors to the ‘house that are not already regular readers of OHS JJS’s Creed, Code, Cult, but just in case, you should know that we’ve been given a reading assignment: I’d encourage … Continue reading

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Guess Who

No Googling, you know the drill… Americans are not a people accustomed to suffering. We are used to winning, to succeeding, to getting ahead. We want to be “seen at the top.” We plan careers and make career moves. We … Continue reading

Posted in Christian life, Culture, Eschatology, Friday fun, Quotes, Reformed piety, Spirituality of the Church, Theology of the Cross/glory, Who Said That | 14 Comments

If God Were A Bear

Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself. John 6:15 When the Power of God appears in earthly form, he cannot be driven here and … Continue reading

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In Defense of Pat

Well, in a contrarian sort of way. But I have always found it curious how Calvinists pile on Pentecostals for being good Pentecostals and bad Calvinists. When Pat Robertson discerns providence that’s because he’s not a Calvinist, who, along with Calvin … Continue reading

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More Reason to Like Lutherans

It’s that they sound like Calvinists. Especially endearing are Lutherans like Don Matzat who don’t think this reason is an implied insult but, to the contrary, a way to signal a united front when it comes to Protestant orthodoxy. Matzat … Continue reading

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Whatever Happened to Sanctification (or Mortification, or Vivification or Glorification)? Or Strange Days Indeed, Most Peculiar, Mama!

  John Lennon famously sang that, Everybody’s talking and no one says a word; there’s always something happening and nothing going on; there’s always something cooking and nothing in the pot; everybody’s running and no one makes a move; everybody’s … Continue reading

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All Your Reformings Are Belong To Us

Does the WHI redesign seem to anybody else to be a little, um, transformational? And with the latest episode right up there titled “The Narcissism Epidemic”, the whole page almost looks like a self-parody. [Update: 9/18] I talked to Horton … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Culture War, Horton, Prosperity Gospel, QIRE & QIRC, Revivalism, Theology of the Cross/glory, Transformationism | 40 Comments

The Prosperity of Frugality

  It is an ancient art. Its practice has been recorded as far back as the time of the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates (about 399 B.C.). Its nurture, or neglect, has influenced the rise and fall of nations and civilizations. … Continue reading

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Theologies of Glory versus Theology of the Cross, Part Three: Spiritualism

  Having imbibed on the moralist gospel and found it not a little wanting, savvy sinners either hunker back down in their La-z-boys or they just can’t shake the sense that something is yet yanking on their souls. Though it … Continue reading

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Kipling’s Theology of the Cross

I know Z is in the middle of reposting his series on Theology of the Cross (and for obvious reasons, we usually try to limit the Outhouse to one sitter at a time), but this was so relevant to that context … Continue reading

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Theologies of Glory versus Theology of the Cross, Part Two: Moralism

  In Part One, I suggested that American religion can essentially be broken down into two expressions, moralism or spiritualism (or both). Granted, that is an over-simplification of sorts. But however vulnerable to a thousand qualifications, I think it is … Continue reading

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Moralism and Spiritualism: Theologies of Glory versus Theology of the Cross, Part One

  Writer and art critic Robert Hofler of Variety magazine recently said that while American stage is primarily about expression, art and talent, American film is more or less really only about two things, as the title of the recent … Continue reading

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