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

Website updates and Piepkorn presentation by Director at NE Chapter of STS

A number of new anecdotes have been added to the "Piepkorn Anecdotes" page, with more to come as time permits. On December 2-3, 2007, the Director made a presentation on Piepkorn at the New England Chapter Retreat of the Society for the Holy Trinity. The presentation was supposed to be for only two hours, but so … Continue reading Website updates and Piepkorn presentation by Director at NE Chapter of STS

2005 Posts

"Arthur Carl Piepkorn, Prophet?" Piepkorn did not claim to be a prophet since, as he obviously enjoyed saying, he "was not the seventh son of a seventh son." This article looks at an article he published in 1937 that, if not prophetic, was remarkably prescient of the problems facing the Church today. To cite just … Continue reading 2005 Posts

2004 Posts

A draft of this article that was shared with key participants in the July 2004 Missouri Synod Convention may have played a role in the most important action taken by that Convention: namely, defeating a motion from the floor to require District Presidents to enforce doctrinal statements adopted by Synodical Conventions. By doing that the Convention in … Continue reading 2004 Posts