Text and context on women’s ordination

The Australian theologian and Bible scholar John Kleinig said that women’s ordination used to not be a big deal for him–until he studied 1 Corinthians 14 and realized that it is far more forceful on the issue than most people realize. [Read more...]

Why was Judas in charge of the money?

Judas, according to John 12:6, was a thief, and Jesus knew everything he was up to (John 6:70).  So why did Jesus put him in charge of the money?  Jon Bloom offers an interesting meditation on this topic. [Read more...]

Imagination & the Christian life

Mathew Block concludes his interview by asking me about what Christians can do to cultivate the imaginative life, as I have been describing it. [Read more...]

The apostolic loser

Last Sunday, our pastor preached on the text about the apostles’ lottery for who would take Judas’s place among the Twelve (Acts 1:12-26).   Joseph-called-Barsabbas-called Justus was the apostolic loser.  Later, he couldn’t even get elected to be a Deacon!  But tradition said that he would die as a martyr to the faith, which was the same fate as that of the apostolic winner, Matthias.  The sermon turned into a profound exploration of vocation. [Read more...]

How God uses the imagination

More from my interview with Mathew Block, who asks how God uses our human imaginations to reach us. [Read more...]

What the LCMS believes about the Bible

We blogged about the Brief Statement of the Doctrinal Position of the LCMS.  President Harrison has now posted an excerpt from the Statement of Biblical and Confessional Principles, passed by convention in 1973, in response to the church schism over the inerrancy of Scripture.  But that’s not all the statement affirms, setting off the Lutheran view also from that of some other theologies, including those that also affirm inerrancy. [Read more...]


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