Rick Ritchie resides in Southern California and is a graduate of Christ College Irvine and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He has contributed to the books Christ the Lord: The Reformation and Lordship Salvation, Let Christ be Christ, and Theologia and Apologia.
When I was eleven years old, Camelot was playing on TV on Christmas night. This musical was my first introduction to the King Arthur story. I had always wondered why the world could not be perfect, and this story seemed to wrestle with the idea.
Like many, I find myself especially drawn to the Arthurian stories. Any stories that capture the public imagination for 700 years are worth pondering. I propose to spend time thinking about some Arthurian characters and story elements in coming posts.
Have you ever heard people say during the baptism of an infant that there will come a day when the infant will make the pledges being made her own? Language like this ought to be dropped altogether.
In a recent movie on Emily Dickinson, I was reminded of the vast difference between the faith of the Lutheran Reformation, and many forms of American religion that followed in its wake.
I used to think that what set Christianity apart from other religions was that in the other religions, people worked toward salvation on their own power, while we had the help of the Holy Spirit empowering us.
This post arose out of thinking on my twelfth birthday. I was into dolphins that year. It was 1978. I was a weird kid. Almost more into "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" than "Star Wars."
When I was first investigating it, the Lutheran Church was very different from others. The first thing that stood out was the confession of sin in the service.