Dr. Martin R. Noland and the “‘High priest’ idea.”

In early February, it came to my attention that Dr. Martin R. Noland, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Evansville, IN, refers to Arthur Carl Piepkorn in "Contemporary Challenges to Laymen's Rights: The Blue Ribbon Proposal," a speech that Noland has delivered on several occasions. (Parts of it were published on pages 14-15 in the … Continue reading Dr. Martin R. Noland and the “‘High priest’ idea.”

Piepkorn on the ‘Schism of Authoriy’ in Lutheranism

"Piepkorn on the 'Schism of Authoriy' in Lutheranism" is the title of the paper that I delivered at the 42nd Annual Symposium on the Lutheran Confessions at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne on January 21, 2009. The seminary is not posting copies of symposium papers on its new website, but you can obtain a free copy … Continue reading Piepkorn on the ‘Schism of Authoriy’ in Lutheranism

Piepkorn’s “Stand at the gate of Rome”

In 2008, John Damm, one of Piepkorn's colleagues from 1966-73, told the Center Director that once when Piepkorn and he were discussing the topic of conversion to Roman Catholicism, Piepkorn said: "I will march to the gate of Rome and stand and plant my banner" in opposition to such conversions. This quotation is thoroughly consistent with everything … Continue reading Piepkorn’s “Stand at the gate of Rome”

Letter to Editor of Lutheran Forum, and some website updates

A letter to the editor in the Christmas/Winter issue of Lutheran Forum refers to the phrase "Where orthodoxy is optional, sooner or later orthodoxy will be proscribed" as "Neuhaus' law." A letter to the editor by the Center Director in the Easter/Spring issue quotes the following statement by Arthur Carl Piepkorn from 1937: "Church history … Continue reading Letter to Editor of Lutheran Forum, and some website updates