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June 18, 2018
Is the Atonement “Cosmic Child Abuse”?
I first heard the phrase from a radical feminist: If God punished His Son for...
June 15, 2018
The Lord’s Supper as God’s Work
Most discussions of the Lord's Supper among Christians of different theologies focus on the question...
June 14, 2018
The Christian’s Identity
In this era of "identity politics," we would do well to read what the Bible...
May 28, 2018
“The Anticipated Davidic Figure” in the Psalms
My son-in-law Adam Hensley, Old Testament Lecturer at Australian Lutheran College, has just published his book Covenant...
May 22, 2018
“The Evangelical Church” as the “Catholic Church Purged of Certain Heresies & Abuses”
I quite randomly stumbled upon this quotation from Lutheran theologian Hermann Sasse*, the anti-Nazi activist...
May 11, 2018
“Now He Is Very Near”: Luther on the Ascension
More on the Ascension of Christ. . . .I keep reading on evangelical sites that...
May 10, 2018
“The Assumption of the Humanity into God”
The resurrected Jesus was with His disciples for 40 days, and then He returned to...
May 02, 2018
Dropping Our Sin Down the Black Hole of Jesus’ Death
I just got back from Concordia University Chicago (formerly known as Concordia River Forest). The...
April 30, 2018
Give the Word “Evangelical” Back to the Lutherans!
Many evangelicals are giving up the term "evangelical." They are embarrassed by their movement's...
April 25, 2018
Google Bans Concordia Publishing House Ads for Mentioning “Jesus” and the “Bible”
Google has banned remarketing ads from Concordia Publishing House, the publishing company of the Lutheran...
April 12, 2018
“Beyond Anything I’ve Seen Before from Modern Lutheran Writers”: A Review of Our New Book
I hate promoting myself, but I have to share with you this review of my...
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 06, 2018
A Close Reading of Leonardo’s “The Last Supper”
One of the most famous religious paintings is Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper" (1495-1498). ...
April 03, 2018
Ignorance about Christianity
It isn't just that so many people today don't believe in Christianity. Often, they don't...
April 02, 2018
Good Advice vs. Good News
The essence of Christianity is not good advice, but good news. And there is a...
April 01, 2018
Christ Is Risen!
I love this painting of the Resurrection by Lucas Cranach the Younger (the son...
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 28, 2018
Excruciating: The Ironies of Holy Week
We had our Tenebrae service on Tuesday, here in Australia, and the Scripture readings struck...
March 26, 2018
When Christ’s Work Comes Together “For Us”
Our new granddaughter, Hannah Grace Hensley, was baptized on Palm Sunday. Now comes Holy Week. ...
March 21, 2018
“Only Let Me Get to Jesus Christ!”
In his sermon last Sunday, here in Australia, Pastor Pfeiffer quoted some fascinating words from...
March 09, 2018
Cleansing the Temples
The Gospel reading for last Sunday was about Jesus cleansing the Temple. The sermon we...
March 06, 2018
Extremely Early Testimonies to the Deity of Christ
The conventional wisdom among liberal theologians and higher critics of the Bible is that the...
February 28, 2018
A Wolf, a Sheep, and Food that Digests Us
"A wolf in sheep's clothing" is someone who seems nice on the outside, like a...
February 16, 2018
Culture Against Christ
Yesterday's post about how the culture is the biggest obstacle to religious freedom reminded me...
February 12, 2018
Yesterday was the last and climactic Sunday of Epiphany, in which we contemplate the ultimate...
February 01, 2018
The Sequel to “The Passion of the Christ”
The challenge will be in turning the Resurrection appearances of our Lord into a story....
January 26, 2018
Why Secularists Have Problems with Forgiveness
There is currently no real concept for forgiveness in the secular world, no mechanism for...
January 19, 2018
An Interview About Our New Book
The Concordia Publishing House blog has posted an interview with Rev. Trevor Sutton and me...
January 12, 2018
“The Church of Tomorrow” Is For Sale
The church had no creeds. You could believe whatever you wanted! Surely that's a formula...
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