Erich Erving by Keliy Anderson-Staley

Erich Erving by Keliy Anderson-Staley

I’ve had some difficulty writing about myself. I write often about my opinions (And we know what those can be compared to.) but I find it hard to simply write about myself. Luckily It was done for me. Sort of…

In the comments section of another blog I was challenged me with:

“…would you be willing to be so bold and actually identify yourself and be willing to take personal responsibility for your remarks?”

Every one of my responses was linked back to this blog, but the person asking apparently was uninterested in clicking over to my blog to find out a little more about me. He may also have had a bit of an ax to grind. Another one of the commenters, however,  did come to this blog and with some comments of his own and some quotations from my writing wrote this rather kind comment on just who I say I am, and how I say it:

He does…. To quite an extent!……A rose………

His link blog reads like a religious “Punch” (“Punch, or the London Charivari was a British weekly magazine of humour and satire established in 1841 by Henry Mayhew and engraver Ebenezer Landells. Historically, it was most influential in the 1840s and 50s, when it helped to coin the term “cartoon” in its modern sense as a humorous illustration. It became a British institution”)

His Bio:

“I am an huge proponent of the Athanasian Creed. I read it often. In fact, I read it more often than prescribed in the rubrics of the Church. I advocated rather heavily for its inclusion in the service on Trinity Sunday at my old Lutheran congregation, but it was not to happen. I remember talking to one of the pastors about it, and rather than saying that it goes contrary to the rubric to substitute the Athanasian Creed for the Nicene Creed (which it does, unless it’s used as a tract or canticle, perhaps an offertory) she simply said, “It’s too long and confusing. People wouldn’t understand it.” Isn’t that the pastor’s job, though? To explain such things to their flock? To catechize them? To ground them in their tradition, empowering and preparing them for ministry thereby?”

“As I’ve mentioned in other posts, I now attend an Anglo-Catholic church, although I am still an Evangelical Catholic, a Lutheran with a confessional tradition. As the ELCA and the Episcopal church are in communion, perhaps there is something to be learned from the idea of “as we pray, so we believe.” The Anglo-Catholic church I attend is growing, not crumbling from within. Other Anglo-Catholic congregations are growing simply because they maintain traditions. The pictures I’ve used in this post are advertizements for an Anglo-Catholic congregation in New Haven. They too are growing, and have had some measure of success with these posters. The kids love them!”

I have to admit he is very smart and he does have his valid points! Punch! :

“I fear that pastors are not up to the challenge of catechizing the youth let alone the adults in their flocks. When my brother and sister were preparing for confirmation they had to memorize the Small Catechism. Only fifteen years later, all I had to memorize was the Ten Commandments and their meanings. It makes me wonder what kind of exposure confirmands have to the confessions of the Lutheran faith today. It was only when I started really reading the Book of Concord that I realized how much I’d been missing of my confessional tradition, but also how much of it had been ingrained in me through traditional forms of Lutheran worship, preaching, and study.”

So Rev. M-C—, do click those links! I now know more about him than I know about myself?

Thank you M— H——–.


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