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 4, October 2004

I Believe in the Communion of All the Saints (Part One) (new article)
PETER M. BERG

Wisconsin Synod Gerrymandering (new article)
JOHN W. BERG

A Wedding Sermon (new article)
JOHN W. BERG

A Sermon for Christmas Eve (new article)
PETER M. BERG

Myths Which My Protestant Forbearers Taught Me which Were Taught unto Them
PETER M. BERG

The Healing of the Nobleman's Son
JAMES A. FREY

The Wedding at Cana
PETER M. BERG

Twenty Ideas for Children's Sermon (If you still preach them)
musings by irritable editors

You Brood of Vipers
PETER M. BERG

Editorial Update
JOHN W. BERG

The Good Samaritan
JOHN W. BERG

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