The Barnabas Project

It’s 29C in Edmonton. The temperatures are expected to drop suddenly. A rainstorm is in the forecast, followed by a windstorm. We had a late spring, and now we’re having an early deluge. It’s unusual, but not unheard of. It does mean that I have to climb onto the roof and clean the eaves before the storm hits (which is why this is a short blog). The truth is, I didn’t have to wait this long to do it, but meh, it’s the eaves…what could go wrong, other than sheets of water running down the walls?

Synod has had mucky eaves since 2015. Synod’s largest district declared bankruptcy and 60 church leaders, including the synod president, a sitting and former district president are facing lawsuits. Throughout the crisis leadership have been reticent to act. In spite of the apparent calm, our Synod is roiling with raw hurt and anger.


Taking the Edge Off

Hello there. I hope you had a lovely long weekend. Things change on the May long weekend: Canadians bask in the sunshine (Look Ma, no parka!), drink a lot of beer, and start wear white slacks. You may have also noticed a new look for Sola Gratia today: fewer ads.

It’s expensive to run a website. There are server costs, time, research, and just the hardware and software to run all this stuff. It’s basically a small business that doesn’t make a dime. It’s not about profit, bit’s about ideas.


Do’s and Don’ts

Compliance is a flexible word. In mountain biking, a “compliant” bike is one that sucks up some of the rough trail and still lets you feel in control. Of course mountain biking you don’t steer as much as guide and bounce to a new location. Compliance is a way to think about being in agreement: as a Synod, we expect all congregations to subscribe to the Lutheran Confessions – they are compliant.

Compliance is doing what you’re supposed to be doing; following all the rules, laws, and regulations of that particular industry.

One of the most heavily regulated sectors in Canada is the financial sector. Canada avoided the economic ditch after the 2008 downturn, largely because Canada’s regulatory system has built-in checks to make sure everything is in the green. There are always loopholes, but generally Canada has managed to avoid falling victim to circumstances seen in the USA and elsewhere.


The Difference Between Earthly and Heavenly Justice

I don’t get a lot of time for leisure reading. Work and Sola keep me busy. Trying to keep up with with the Synod lawsuits, gag orders, and essays about why Synod is restructuring cuts out a lot of free time. To write, you need to read, so I make time and often I’m rewarded with a gem. Pseudepigraphus is one of those gems.

Pseudepigraphus is a website dedicated to simply being as tough as nails and unflinching in its examination of the Lutheran Church so problems can be addressed. It’s worth a look.

One article outlines the importance of understanding the difference between earthly and heavenly justice. It’s the kind of concise and meaty article that we don’t get to read in Lutheran Church Canada because it addresses  weaknesses. The short article sheds light on the Lutheran understanding of justice through the proper distinction of law and gospel.

Pseudepigraphus. Give it a browse. There are lots of good reads – even some that shed light on the state of LCC.