Humbled and Exalted

A sermon preached at Our Saviour Lutheran Church on the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost (29 August) 2010. Luke 14:1–14 The daily ritual must have been incredibly wearying for the poor driver. Every morning at 8.20, he would approach the bus stop where I was waiting, together with a couple of dozen other young teenagers. In…

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It often happens

"It often happens that if the Scriptures prescribe something which is contary to the practice of those who hear it, they treat is as a figurative expression. Likewise, if some erroneous notion has gotten into our minds first, regardless of what Scripture has asserted, men will think it is figurative." St. Augustine, De doctrina Christiana…

Bishop Väisänen’s response

For background, see here. Here is the text of the legal response by bishop Matti Väisänen to the disciplinary charge against him by the Tampere Cathedral Chapter, dated 27 July 2010. As is now known, the Cathedral Chapter decided on 11 August 2010 to divest bishop Väisänen of clerical standing in the Evangelical Lutheran Church…

Reflections on the situation in Finland

It's odd ... A) How someone is still, 20 years ... B) How someone is still, 2000 years ... A) ... after the General Synod's democratic decision ... B) ... after the common history of the Church arising from the Bible ... A) ... knowing that the nation may abandon the church ... B) ...…

Finnish Mission Province bishop defrocked

Bishop Matti Väisänen, recently consecrated as assistant bishop in the Mission Province in Sweden and Finland, has been defrocked by the Tampere Cathedral Chapter. There's an inaccurate English-language report on the matter on the Finnish Broadcasting Corporation's web page. Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer…