We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Doctrinal Review

Classic films speak to the past, but they also inform the present with an unfamiliar chronological context. In short: films speak to the past and the present. For example, “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre,” has a classic line: “Badges? We don’t need no stinkin’ badges?” (that’s a good paraphrase actually). At the LCC convention last weekend […]


After four days of convention and another full day of meetings, I’m just finally getting around to looking at my notes. . I don’t like what I see. Mostly it’s doodles. As much as Synod thinks it accomplished this week, my first impression is that it was quite probably the opposite: convention was counter-productive. It’s […]

A Conventional Convention

If you were hoping for a sea change in Lutheran Church Canada’s evasive behavior over the years since the CEF scandal broke, you’d be disappointed at the 2017 edition of the LCC convention. Of course, by “disappointed” I mean “shattered any illusion of being a functional and responsible institution.” Andreas SchwabeAndreas Schwabe is editor and […]

The Restructuring Vote Results…

…will be announced tomorrow morning. It seems the convention was about 20 minutes behind schedule. Organizers wanted everyone to have dinner before a reformation concert tonight. Basically, dinner and a movie was more interesting than the results of the restructuring vote. We couldn’t wait ten minutes for the results. There are only 97 ballots. That […]