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April 09, 2018
Not the Empty Tomb, but the Risen Christ
The true sign of the Resurrection is not the Empty Tomb, as we often say. ...
April 04, 2018
Bach and His Bible
Is Bach Lutheran? The question is like, "Is the Pope Catholic?" OK, there may now...
April 02, 2018
Good Advice vs. Good News
The essence of Christianity is not good advice, but good news. And there is a...
March 30, 2018
Our Power Struggle with God
I just got back from our Good Friday service. Here in Australia we're a day...
March 30, 2018
The First Image of Christ on the Cross: The Staurogram
Just as some liberal Bible scholars have claimed that belief in Christ's divinity "evolved" over...
March 14, 2018
Why The Protestant Bible Has Fewer Books than the Catholic Bible
If a Protestant Christians gets into a discussion with a Roman Catholic and brings up...
March 11, 2018
Our daughter here in Australia had her baby! In the photo you can see John,...
March 09, 2018
Cleansing the Temples
The Gospel reading for last Sunday was about Jesus cleansing the Temple. The sermon we...
February 12, 2018
Yesterday was the last and climactic Sunday of Epiphany, in which we contemplate the ultimate...
February 07, 2018
Coveting as the Root of the Other Sins
The Jewish scholar Leonard Greenspoon of Creighton University (a Catholic institution) explores the concept of "coveting" in...
February 02, 2018
The Movie About the Apostle Paul
Yesterday we blogged about the upcoming film The Passion of the Christ: Resurrection. But that won't be...
January 29, 2018
George Lindbeck has died at the age of 94. The Lutheran (ELCA) theologian and...
January 08, 2018
The Old Testament Tithe for Celebration
We are studying Deuteronomy in our Bible class at church, and, somewhat to my surprise,...
January 05, 2018
Luther on Epiphany and Vocation
Today is the 12th and last day of Christmas. (Happy drummers drumming day!) Tomorrow is...
January 02, 2018
More Reasons to Believe in the Virgin Birth
There are people who profess to be Christians who nevertheless don't believe that Jesus was...
January 01, 2018
New Year’s Resolutions That You Can Keep
New Year’s resolutions tend to be demonstrations of the bondage of the will.
December 29, 2017
How the Word of God Is Getting Everywhere
In church and Bible studies all over the world, people are taking out their smart...
December 26, 2017
Why the Word Became Flesh
You want to read a good Christmas book? You can't do better than the one...
December 18, 2017
Comfort, Comfort My People
One of the greatest texts for Advent is Isaiah 40. It reminds us that Advent is...
December 13, 2017
On the Pope’s Desire to Change the Wording of the Lord’s Prayer
Should we start with the teaching we want to convey and then devise a translation...
December 12, 2017
Jesus and Hanukkah
Hanukkah starts today, December 12, and lasts until December 20. Jesus Himself observed it, as...
December 12, 2017
Trump Moves U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem and so Fulfills Bible Prophecy?
President Trump's announcement that he will move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem...
December 05, 2017
God Acts for Those Who Wait for Him
Why doesn’t God do something about all the evil in the world? The Bible says...
November 27, 2017
Why Assume That Joseph Was Old?
The portrayal of St. Joseph as an old man is not from the Bible but...
November 23, 2017
Thanksgiving Days and Thanksgiving Feasts in the Bible
Thanksgiving is, of course, a national holiday. But devoting specific days for the purpose of...
November 21, 2017
The Church in the Wilderness
The Old Testament speaks of the New Testament, and the narrative of the Children of...
November 16, 2017
Which Doctrines Must Be “Reasonable”?
Which do you trust more, God’s Word or your own understanding? In whom do you...
November 15, 2017
Only Christians Can Be Atheists and Only Atheists Can Be Christians?
Ernst Bloch was a Marxist--indeed, a Stalinist--who believed that Christianity is the inspiration for the...
October 26, 2017
Eyewitnesses to Jesus: The Testimony of Papias
Scot McKnight points us to a quotation from Papias, a first century Christian, who tells...
October 25, 2017
Higher Criticism, Darwinism, & the Loss of Western Culture
Western civilization seems to be committing suicide. What else to call it when a culture...
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