What’s with the Name?

The name for this blog was taken from the standard question and assurance in Luther’s Small Catechism. For example, here are Luther’s thoughts on the third article of the Apostle’s Creed:

Third Article: Sanctification
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

What does this mean? I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith. In the same way He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith. In this Christian church He daily and richly forgives all my sins and the sins of all believers. On the Last Day He will raise me and all the dead, and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ.
This is most certainly true!

My hope is that this blog will be allow me to ask “What does this mean?” of a range of theological, Biblical, and philosophical questions and work out what is most certainly true. So this blog is really meant more for my personal consumption, but you’re certainly most welcome to read along. Perhaps my grappling with important questions will be useful to others.

Who are you?

I’m a cradle, lay-Lutheran with no real theological qualifications–unless you count 11 years of Lutheran, parochial schooling–so please take my posts with a pinches (or a heaps) of salt. I grew up in the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, but a few years back swam the Mississippi to the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. When I’m not writing here, I enjoy singing, cycling on my Dad’s old Schwinn, and grooving to Bowie.

For now my preference is to write anonymously (save for sharing this site with friends) because I believe this will allow me to write honestly. Perhaps I should be willing to put my name on the blog and say “Here I Stand!”, but because searching for truth often involves being wrong I’d prefer to not have my name attached to lower-case heresys.1

  1. My family, lovingly, defines lower-case heresys as bad doctrine and upper-case heresys as beliefs that endanger your salvation: denying the real presence in communion vs. denying the trinity. [return]