From “Sologamy” to Marriage as Vocation

Jim Priest, a family columnist for the Daily Oklahoman, discussed “sologamy,” the  growing practice of marrying oneself.  A woman or a man (usually a woman) who has decided to remain single dresses up in wedding garb, invites guests, and has a ceremony, complete with a ring, cake, and reception. Priest quotes a young woman in a wedding dress who has just pledged her love for herself: “I told my relatives and friends that if I had not found my soul mate I… Read more

Pastors’ Housing Allowance Tax Break Overturned

The tax break given to pastors for their housing allowance has been thrown out by a Wisconsin federal court.  When the ruling goes into effect–whether there will be an injunction preventing pastors from claiming the break immediately or whether the ruling will be stayed pending appeal–will be decided in a separate hearing on the “remedy” scheduled for October 30. If this information gives you a sense of déjà vu,  the same court and the same judge made the same ruling back… Read more

Why Leftists Are Now Silencing Liberals

Campus leftists have long been silencing conservative speakers.  Now they have started to silence liberal speakers.  Students at William & Mary shouted down and forced the cancellation of a speech by an official of the American Civil Liberties Union.  The incident is a reminder that hardcore leftists, by their own admission, don’t believe in civil liberties, free speech, or freedom in general, which they deride as “liberal bourgeois values.” Last month, Claire Gastañaga, executive director of the Virginia chapter of the American… Read more

The Greatest Critic of Both Modernism & Postmodernism

One noteworthy element in our new book Authentic Christianity:  How Lutheran Theology Speaks to the Postmodern World is our telling the story and drawing on the insights of J. G. Hamann.  This 18th century thinker is being hailed today as perhaps the greatest critic of what would become both modernism and postmodernism.  The basis of that critique was a very sophisticated application of Lutheran theology. Johann Georg Hamann (1730–1788) was very influential in his day–having a strong impact on Goethe, Kierkegaard, and… Read more

Sex Is a Big Deal

The Sexual Revolution overthrew all moral teachings and cultural attitudes that put limits on sexual behavior. In the 1960’s, 1970’s, and 1980’s, it was commonplace to hear that “sex is no big deal.” Read more

Quotations From Our New Book

More shameless promotion of my new book with Trevor Sutton, Authentic Christianity:  How Lutheran Theology Speaks to the Postmodern World. . . .Concordia Publishing House has been tweeting nicely formatted quotations from the book at  #AuthenticChristianity500. Take a look: Read more

Could the ancients not perceive the color “blue”?

Homer famously speaks of “the wine-dark sea.”  That’s a beautiful description.  Except that wine isn’t blue, and the sea isn’t red or purple.  (Homer describes sheep as also being the color of wine; honey is green; and the sky is bronze.)  In fact, there isn’t even a word in ancient Greek for blue! Nor is the color “blue” mentioned in the New Testament, though many other colors are.  There are two words in the Old Testament that are translated “blue,” but… Read more

Our “Astonishing,” “Scintillating, “Daring” Book

I was amazed by the endorsements of the book that Trevor Sutton and I have just published, Authentic Christianity:  How Lutheran Theology Speaks to the Postmodern World–both the caliber of the people whom CPH got to read the manuscript and the kind things that they said.  I was especially gratified and amused by the words they used to describe it:  “scintillating,” “daring,” “provocative,” “enlightening,” “astonishing,” “engaging,” “marvelous,” “refreshing.” I feel embarrassed pushing our book, but I think readers of this blog, overall,… Read more

NFL drops to “least liked” sport

The National Football League had surpassed Major League Baseball as “America’s game.”  But no more. From August to September, the favorable ratings for the NFL dropped from 57% to 44%.  And the NFL now has the highest unfavorable rating–40%, the lowest of any major sport. So reports The Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard in Shock poll: NFL now least liked sport, core fans down 31%. The major beneficiary of the NFL’s fall from favor is baseball.  (Though MLB actually led the NFL slightly… Read more

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