Motley Magpie Title

The Motley Magpie was a quarterly journal dedicated to the promotion of Lutheran ceremonia in the evangelical catholic tradition as confessed in the Book of Concord AD 1580/1584. It provided a forum for the dissemination, discussion, and critique of topics relating to this important and neglected issue. We published for three years to discuss the matters we felt deserved attention. As many are still wishing to read what we have written we decided to offer the entire three year run on the web.

The title was taken from the mockery spoken by a 17th century Calvinist in Anhalt against Lutherans who wore traditional vestments, specifically the surplice and cassock. It was said that the Lutheran pastor so dressed would "march around as motley as a magpie" (... picae instar versicolorem incedere ...). We thought this calumny a fitting tribute, and, title for this journal.

The reverend editors are ordained Lutheran pastors who unconditionally subscribe to the Lutheran Confessions.

The Motley Magpie
ISSN 1544-5305

© Motley Magpie
Publications 2004-2006


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Volume 2, Number 2, April 2004

Rubrics are Red, not Read
PETER M. BERG

The Feast of S.S. Peter and Paul
PETER M. BERG

Twenty Reasons to Ditch Your Children's Sermon
PETER M. BERG

Confession and Absolution: The Christian's Habitus
JOHN W. BERG

Editorial Update
JOHN W. BERG

For the Good of the Ministry, Part Two
JAMES A. FREY

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