Posts from February 2015

Posts from February 2015

DIVINE SERENDIPITY

There was a group back in the 60’s called the Serendipity Singers. The word has a neat sound to it.  Serendipity is the making of pleasant discoveries by accident. The word was invented by the English author Horace Walpole in the 1700’s.  He got the idea from a story called “The Three Princes of Serendip” in which these princes were always accidentally discovering new…

IMITATION OF CHRIST?

About 15 years ago, three German theologians filed a lawsuit against the Catholic and Protestant churches.  They brought the lawsuit “on behalf of Jesus.”   Calling themselves “brothers in spirit” of Jesus, they sued under a law that allows people to defend their dead relatives from slander.  They argued that the churches’ role in religious fighting, wars and political…

LIFE’S LOOSE ENDS

Alexander the Great conquered Persia, but broke down and wept because his troops were too tired to push on to India. Hugo Grotius, the father of international law, said at the end of his life:  “I have accomplished nothing worthwhile in my life.” John Quincy Adams, sixth President of the United States, wrote in his diary:  “My life has been spent in vain and idle…

COURAGE TO DRAW THE LINES

For some time a controversy has been brewing at Valparaiso University, a school of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS).  Long known for pushing the envelope, “Valpo” is home to Professor Matt Becker, a teacher pinpointed by conservatives in the Missouri Synod for promoting false doctrines that would be more at home in the ELCA. Those charged with investigating and…