Here are a few tidbits I found interesting this week:
1) Over on the Catholic Answers Non-Catholic Religions forum appeared, Is That True About Martin Luther? It's some of the usual stuff. One of my links was offered in response by a Pentecostal participant. What interested me though was a Lutheran going by the name "Evangelical Catholic" stated, "I am aware of Luther going through self-mutilation as a way to express penance but I believe that was the norm during the 1500's for religious." I inquired about the "self-mutilation" aspect, and was directed to do my own Google search. My response can be found here, and then this counter-response from Evangelical Catholic can be found here.
2) Over on Steadfast Lutherans, a pastor announced the closing of his church. While that post warrants reading, what fascinated me were comments left by a person who claims he has tried to become a Lutheran to no avail. He states in a follow-up comment, "Lutheranism is just like a secret society." If you are a Lutheran reader here, go visit these comments.
3) Cyber-Brethren announced the latest volume of Luther's Works is available, but only in a Kindle format. I don't plan on getting the Kindle version, because I haven't found the Kindle software to be useful for anything but casual reading. I typically get the actual books, and then, after a long period, a Logos version usually appears. The Logos version is much easier to navigate and utilize, and I will purchase that.
The volume is a critical version of Luther's Church Postils. This looks to be very useful. Luther's sermons have been used very polemically by his detractors, and most of those detractors have no idea that a lot of times, the sermons are transcriptions of what Luther said, not something Luther actually wrote. With the Church Postil, there were different versions based on different transcriptions. This volume claims, "The new translation we are releasing is based on the best and final edition of the Church Postils that Luther was involved in producing, knew of, and endorsed."