Monday, 5 April 2010

Blog Matters

We interrupt our regular correspondence to address some blog matters.

We don't like to blow our own trumpet here at the old manse, but we were thrilled to be quoted (favourably too!) in the latest post over at WorshipConcord, the on-line contribution of the noted Lutheran liturgical theologian James Allan Waddell and other Lutheran luminaries to the task of attaining concord in the Lutheran Church on worship matters. Here's the link: (a full-time link also appears in the right-hand column).

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Matthias, a regular reader and commenter, recently asked if he and I are the only regular commenters here. Indeed we seem to be, although several other readers drop a line to us semi-regularly. I know from my statistics recorders that I have about 30 unique hits a day, and many return readers, but few comments.
That's quite OK as far as I am concerned, as I didn't set this blog up to be a place for theological debate, but can I encourage my regular readers to leave the occasional comment, especially if they've appreciated a post - even if only so I know who is out there!
No need to be shy or tentative about commenting, this is a virtual old manse where guests are welcome and their thoughts too. (It is preferred that comments are not anonymous; using a pseudonym is fine, or even just your first name. In such cases, you may like to drop me a line via e-mail (available on my profile) to let me know who you are, although this is just a suggestion, not something I will enforce in order for your comments to be posted.

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Speaking of comments, just lately we have noticed that the Blogger dashboard indicates that comments are ready to be modified, only to find that no comments are in fact listed. I assume this is a glitch with Blogger, but if your recent comment has not been posted, it is just possible that it has gone missing somewhere in the cyber-halls of Blogger.

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We have been "fisked", from time to time, by an erstwhile Lutheran brother who has "swum the Tiber" (converted to Rome), especially when we venture to say something apropos Roman Catholicism. That has a brought a few Roman and other non-Lutheran readers our way, and we hope you too derive some benefit from these cyber-pages. Frankly, I welcome comments from non-Lutheran folk, as I am really quite "catholic" in my tastes and reading, despite (or because of?) my fervent adherence to Lutheran doctrine!

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Speaking of statistics, the old manse recently clocked up 5000 unique page visits since just before Christmas, including returning visitors from the Russian Federation, Belgium, France, Germany, India, the Phillipines, Malaysia, Fiji and Brazil. By far our majority of readers, however, come from the US and Australia, with the UK and Canada following some distance behind.
Cordial greetings to all who have dropped by!
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Oh, and just for the record, the provision of a link on the Glosses homepage to a blog of a friend, follower or cyber-acqaintance does not necessarily imply agreement with the position of that blog or the opinions expressed there. There are some fine Lutheran blogs listed, along with some equally fine evangelical Reformed, neo-orthodox Reformed, Anglican and Roman Catholic blogs, the authors of which your glossator would obviously have some differences with; as always in the world of theological reflection, read with discernment, accept what is evangelical and scriptural, and know why you disagree when you do. As my esteemed Old Testament lecturer and mentor John Kleinig used to say, 'You learn most by interacting with those with whom you disagree.' (Just think how much great Lutheran theology was done in 'dialogue' with Roman Catholics and the Reformed. The polemical spirit may have been dimmed since the age of Luther and Chemnitz, which may not be entirely a bad thing, but the sword of our faith (fides quae) is still sharpened by duels with our separated brethren.)

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A blessed Easter season to all: May God equip you with every good thing you need in order to do His will, and may He make you effective witnesses to the Risen Christ!


David Cochrane said...

Plain laziness! That is my only excuse for not commenting more.

'acroamaticus' said...

The spirit is willing...
Thanks David.
Good to know you're still following.

erika.hoffmann said...

I must have missed your September post but was delighted to catch it
on Worship Concord. The warm accolade is deserved. Was moved by Stuart Townend's words and music. Thank you.

I'm glad to be one of the many who visit your blog regularly. There is refreshment to be found, and stimulation and interesting historical bits and pieces. Best of all, you remind us of how lovely and deep and liberating are the confessions and teachings of our Lutheran Church.

Easter is a good time to reread John Updike's poem "Seven Stanzas at Easter". I pulled out an old copy just yesterday and was once again astonished at the powerful emphasis on the reality of the flesh, the whole person being raised. It's good.

The little footnote says that Updike wrote it for a religious arts festival sponsored by the Clifton Lutheran Church of Marblehead, Mass. A very long time, ago, I think.

'acroamaticus' said...

"Make no mistake: if He rose at all
it was as His body;
if the cells' dissolution did not reverse, the molecules
reknit, the amino acids rekindle,
the Church will fall.

It was not as the flowers,
each soft Spring recurrent;
it was not as His Spirit in the mouths and fuddled
eyes of the eleven apostles;
it was as His Flesh: ours.

The same hinged thumbs and toes,
the same valved heart
that — pierced — died, withered, paused, and then
regathered out of enduring Might
new strength to enclose.

Let us not mock God with metaphor,
analogy, sidestepping transcendence;
making of the event a parable, a sign painted in the
faded credulity of earlier ages:
let us walk through the door."

Hi Erika,
For several years I published an excerpt from Updike's poem as part of my Easter message, but this year I decided to go with Herbert. it is a great poem...I might still post Updike again before the week is out. I think Updike was Lutheran before becoming Episcopalian (?).

Thank you for your positive feedback, it is very encouraging to hear those words about how you find the blog helpful and informative.

Blessings for the Easter season! May your faith be strengthened as you reflect on Updike.