Thursday, June 28, 2007

This Blog

Remember in the film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring, when Gimli attempts to destroy the one Ring of Power with an 'Argh' and a swift whack of his battle axe? He landed flat on his back with his battle axe in pieces.

Frodo, the Ringbearer, needed to deal with that Ring, and his nine companions could merely offer their support, help, and protection. Tolkien scholars, like Bradley Birzer, have pointed out the prophet, priest, and king imagery in Gandalf, Frodo, and Aragorn, and this morning I see that many faithful Lutheran clergy, much like Frodo Baggins in his role of the Ringbearer, are called to carry a weight that the Apostle Paul spoke of in 1 Corinthians 4:13: "We have become as the scum of the world, the dregs of all things."

How might laymen honor and help those called to 'bear the Ring' of the ministry of Word and Sacrament? This blog will attempt to foster a fruitful public discussion on the role of laity in the support, encouragement, and defense of faithful ordained ministers of Word and Sacrament who refuse to bow the knee to the idols of our day.


1 comment:

Orycteropus Afer said...

As a pastor, I say thanks for the support and encouragement through this blog and via your other enterprises. What true Lutheran pastor wouldn't want a congregation full of godly laymen such as you.

As an aardvark, I note that you're now listed among other confessional Lutheran bloggers in the BBOV.