November 26, 2020

Internet Monk Radio Podcast #112

podcast_logo.gifVarious resources, Can women pastors be swept under the rug?, A few words on Lutheran/Evangelical conversation.

New Reformation Press T-shirts, etc.
David Hayward, the Naked Pastor
Credenda-agenda Magazine
Ancient Evangelical Future Conference

Music by Rhodes, Sun Like Blood and Randy Stonehill.


  1. Hi Michael,

    I too have heard a lot of “I believe the Bible, I believe ‘X’. You believe ‘Y’, therefore you don’t believe the Bible.”

    In my previous denomination, the Christian and Missionary Alliance (Canada), it was not until they got past that sort of thinking that they were able to resolve their conflict over the role of women as elders. I think what they did to resolve it can serve as a model for other similar disputes. I wrote about it in a post entitled: Alternatives to Division.

    I wrote my response on my blog, if anyone cares to check it out.
    I talk a little about why we are so tenacious when it comes to the sacraments.

  3. From Bror Ericksons’ post on his site:

    “Too often we look at the debates in the evangelical world, and see both sides as being equally wrong. We see people hopping from one position to another like a ping pong ball. We see them leaving one church for another, jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire. Debates rage between Calvinists and Arminians, yet the Lutheran position is ignored, silent or written off as wrong before it is even looked at. One or the other but the Lutherans have to be wrong. All we ask is that when you can no longer abide in your own position, your own church, give the Lutheran position and the Lutheran Church an honest look, before going back to the drawing board. It just could be that we have what you are in fact looking for. We believe we do and would love to share it with you, the Gospel in all its purity, and the sacraments administered according to Christ’s institution.” (This is how Bror concludes.)

    It can be frustrating to be a Lutheran in North America. When you talk about Martin Luther, people have only ever heard of Martin Luther King, or else he is one of the “reformers”, getting absorbed into Calvinism. When you talk about the Book of Concord, it sounds to people like it is just another sectarian book, like for example, the book of Mormon.

    Where we know we have the most incredible treasure, leading us to sound Biblical teaching and freedom and joy in Christ, others politely act like you are out of bounds or out of your minds (this happens to all Christians, I guess :)).

    In terms of the sacraments, I think we sit at a critical juncture of Christian unity. This matters. In terms of the sacraments, again, it is such a deep meaningful element of our being united with Christ, that we must talk about it and share the benefits.

  4. As the Credenda Agenda page doesn’t actually list issues by when they came out, could you tell us what Volume/Issue Number these articles were in?

    I can’t wait to read the Leithart one – kept checking back on their website but it never appeared.