Two courageous bishops
The Hammer of God has just come out in a new edition in commemoration of the centenniary of Giertz's birth. I cannot recommend this wonderful book highly enough.
A few years ago I attended a conference of confessional Lutherans in Chicago where a young Swedish pastor spoke on the trials and tribulations of a minister who tries to be faithful in the nominally Christian state church of an essentially pagan society. I listened with horror, fascination, and a little shame. I thought I had it bad trying to do the same thing in the ELCA all those years, but compared to what this faithful man went through, that was a twelve-year picnic.
All of this is a long way of getting around to calling your attention to an item in Paul McCain's blog on Kenyan Bishop Walter Obare's brave and principled consecration of the Rev. Arne Olsson to serve as a bishop for those Swedish Lutherans desiring to remain faithful to Christ and His Word.
Would that God would send us more such men as Bp. Obare and the man who from this moment on will bear a burden, with Christ's help, that none of us could conceivably bear on his own in an environment that makes post-Christian and seldom- orthodox America look positively confessional by comparison.