04 November 2008

Stuff Confessional Lutherans like

A definitive guide to the unique taste of scores.

Making the sign of the cross

Paul Gerhardt

Three-year-olds who know all the ordinaries


The Mother of our Lord

Issues, Etc.

Not being pietists

The Office of the Holy Ministry

Mollie Z. Hemingway

Mollie, why are you so cool?

Pining for bishops

Pining for just basic church discipline, then

The liturgy

The Wyoming District

Not saying "Merry Christmas" during Advent

Individual Confession and Absolution

Higher Things

The canonical hours


Making snarky comments about choosing our neighbors when they drive past the corner of Bellevue and Clayton

When someone comes up with a name for them like "past-oriented museum keepers"

O Lord, open Thou my lips

When Cyberstones got back from sabbatical

Being theologians of the cross

Saying Luther's table prayers instead of Come, Lord Jesus

The Wittenberg Trail

Being called antinomians

David O. Berger

David O. Berger, why are you so cool?



Weekly Communion

That picture Pastor Weedon linked to of the consecration of the Latvian bishops that you can't get to any more unless you know Latvian

Martin Chemnitz

Being from Baptist country and making do

Denouncing "This Is The Feast"

Lay people who hate lay readers

Down in front, already!

The historic lectionary


Observing second-class feasts


Every Day Will I Bless Thee

Preaching Christ crucified


The Lutheran Heritage Foundation

Malachi 4:1 (ESV)

Stubble Ablaze!

Giving their kids weird and/or extra names

Starke's Te Deum

Chiseling out some unique and nuanced position on corporate absolution, acolytes, contraception, how the Athanasian Creed should be confessed on Trinity Sunday, etc.

Planning what they're going to say about the thing confessional Lutherans like that they don't like that much as soon they have opportunity to do so nonchalantly

UPDATE: And how could I forget?! THE TREASURY OF DAILY PRAYER!!!!!!!


Liz said...

So, being a former revivalist (E. Free Church)... why is it inappropriate to say "Merry Christmas" during Advant? And what is the appropriate greeting?

Liz said...

Oh, and "the ordinaries," these would probably be in my copy of the LSB? (Again, former revivalist; I seriously don't know.)

Dan @ Necessary Roughness said...

Liz, you are free to say Merry Christmas during Advent. You are also free to say He is Risen! during Lent.

Some people just like to hold off on the celebration until the celebration itself. Kind of like a steak tasting that much better after you haven't eaten all day.

It's not law, it's Gospel. :)

Pr. H. R. said...

Hi Liz,

The ordinaries are the parts of the Divine Service that happen every week: Kyrie, Gloria, Agnus Dei, Sanctus, etc.

The propers are the things in the Divine Service that change from week to week: Introit, collect, readings, verse, gradual.

And, hey, there's no shame in being a *former* revivalist :)

All the best,

Gauntlets said...

Terribly unconfessional am I, what with disliking beer (and dancing) and really disliking all discussion surrounding the thing confessional Lutherans like that they don't like that much yet they still like to talk about.

On a more confessional note: I think we should all get colorful streaks in our hair like Mollie's.

Rev. Rick Stuckwisch said...

Rebekah, why are you so cool?

I'm thinking that you may be the first girl ever to be cool.

Gauntlets, that was not nonchalantly enough. You're going to have to wait a bit and try again. (Is there such a thing as too chalantly? What does that mean, anyway?)

There's only a couple things on the list that I'm not exactly crazy about. But having Paul Gerhardt so close to the top of the list (right under the cross, where he lived pretty much his whole life) makes up for anything else I might casually and semi-chalantly dislike.

Thanks for making my day. I can't even remember, now, why it was that I was feeling so surly before.

Gauntlets said...

Rats. I never was much good at chalantry. However, not-so-subtle hint dropping is one of my favorite pastimes. ;)

Speaking of loving the Mother of our Lord and random things found on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sF2jbxMxCj4

Rebekah said...


Liz, no worries--I'm a rehabilitated LCMS revivalist. At least you come by it honest!

Sarah D said...

I am lost on all the nonchalant talk.

Interesting list, I don't consider myself "confessional", but I do appreciate a lot of the things you listed.

Reb. Mary said...

Can I be a Confessional LCMS revivalist?

Blogversary said...

How does one become part of this "in crowd"?

Rebekah said...

RM, I think you're the only person nice enough to pull it off. ;)

Blogversary, this crowd is so not in. With any luck, Our Beloved Synod will disenfranchise the few parishes who think such doctrine-dictated, un-missional thoughts in our lifetime since, you know, doctrine and mission are mutually exclusive.

Scot K said...

It's so cool that the Treasury is on your list.

Rebekah said...

Scot K, why are you so cool? :D

Liz said...

So, one more question about the ordinaries (which I found, by the way, thanks!)... so does "ordinary" refer to times when we aren't celebrating seasons like Lent or Advant?