I was born and baptized and confirmed as a Lutheran.  When I was in my twenties I read some of Luther’s works, and although his theological works were well written, seemingly well thought out, what was puzzling was how Luther would interrupt the flow of thought every few pages to call the pope bad names, sometimes vulgar names.  Which leads to the question, What would Christianity be like if Christ cursed Caiaphas from the cross?  Which leads to the next question, what subtle, or not so subtle, errors lie in theology interrupted by cursing?  There have been devout Lutherans pastors preaching for five hundred years now, am I the first to ask these questions?

My wife was Baptist, and to encourage her to attend church we attended a moderate Baptist Church for many years.  I did not believe that my baptism was invalid, that adult believer baptism was necessary for salvation, so I did not fully walk the aisle.  Quite often I heard the opinion that Catholics were damned unless they accepted Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior, which meant they were lost unless they converted and walked the aisle.  They included the Pope in this judgment, although I would think the Pope in the course of his baptism and confirmations and multiple ordinations would have sometime chosen Jesus as his Savior, implicitly if not explicitly.

I got the impression that choosing to accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior preferably should be emotional rather than an intellectual decision.  Driving down the road really busy and distracted, not praying much, losing control and spinning on a rainy day, and throwing up your hands and singing, Jesus, Take the Wheel, that is just a perfect conversion, but reading a book, particularly a book written long ago by someone who never saw a television program, that is not so good a conversion, unless that book is a KJV Bible, that is better.

Based on my background, I am not particularly fond of polemics.  If want to read a blog that champions Catholicism or Orthodoxy or Lutheranism or Baptist or whatever denomination they belong to, denigrating all the other denominations, doubting their salvation, there are thousands of such circle-the-wagon religious websites out there.  THIS BLOG seeks to learn the history and doctrine of the early, medieval, and modern church, to learn that indeed there was much interesting history between Acts and the Protestant Reformation.

When anyone says they are going to convert from one denomination to another, sometimes they will know quite a bit about the denomination they plan to convert to, and the bad things their new faith community says about denomination they are converting from, but rarely do they know a great deal about their current faith community.  Quite often if they do the work to truly learn about their current faith community they decide to stay put.

What is my religious affiliation?  I was baptized Lutheran.  Currently I do regularly attend church, I am a member of a faith community.  Currently I am a seeker.

— Max Russ