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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 25, 2017
Have a Merry, Happy, Blessed Christmas!
Christmas greetings to all of you! Many thanks to both long-time readers and the legions...
December 25, 2017
The Day Even Non-Believers Honor Jesus Despite Themselves
It's Christmas, hailed in at least one secular song as "the most wonderful time...
December 22, 2017
“Do They Know It’s Christmas?” “Do They Know What Christmas Is?”
Back in 1984, British musician Bob Geldof put together "Band Aid," a "super-group" of pop...
December 18, 2017
Comfort, Comfort My People
One of the greatest texts for Advent is Isaiah 40. It reminds us that Advent is...
December 14, 2017
Mary, the Mother of God
Roman Catholics venerate Mary, the mother of Jesus, with many titles: Queen of Heaven (the notion that...
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 11, 2017
“Your Thirst for My Salvation”
We often think of God as an abstract idea, as an impersonal force, or as...
December 08, 2017
Man Wants to Be God; God Wanted to Be Man
How different from us is God! How different in His thinking, His desires, and His...
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...
December 04, 2017
The Season of Christ “Coming to” Us
The season of Advent has begun! The word comes from the Latin, meaning “coming to”...
December 01, 2017
Dating Christ’s Tomb
Last year, as we blogged about, in connection with renovation work on Jerusalem's Church of...
November 29, 2017
Luther on Matter, the Senses, & Emotions
In our last post on Mark Mattes's new book Martin Luther's Theology of Beauty, we...
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 16, 2017
The New Da Vinci: “The Savior of the World”
There is a newly discovered and authenticated painting by Leonardo da Vinci, a painting of...
November 01, 2017
The Gospel as Heresy
We posted about the “Filial Correction” in which a number of conservative Catholics accused Pope...
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 16, 2017
How Luther Challenges Protestants
Martin Luther challenged and continues to challenge Roman Catholic theology in some profound ways. But...
September 28, 2017
The Cross in Fashion
Christianity is reportedly in decline in the West, especially among trendy millennials. And yet, the...
September 22, 2017
The Prosperity Gospel vs. the Theology of the Cross
Lutheran theology is pretty much the opposite of the Prosperity Gospel.
September 14, 2017
Tetzel on 7 Years in Purgatory for Every Sin
I came across a sermon from Johann Tetzel, the indulgence peddler who provoked Luther's 95...
July 13, 2017
Reading the language of creation
I'm at the Conference on Classical Lutheran Education in Cheyenne, Wyoming, the theme of which this year...
June 22, 2017
Von Uhde’s “Christ with the Peasants”
More from the Lutheran artist Fritz von Uhde, another variation on the theme of...
June 21, 2017
A painting of “Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest. . .”
In researching yesterday's post on Saying Grace, I came across this painting. I said to...
June 05, 2017
Walther on our “mystical union” with the Holy Spirit
Yesterday was Pentecost, the great festival remembering God's gift of the Holy Spirit. Thanks to...
May 30, 2017
Guilt and shame
There is guilt, the inner torment that comes from doing what is wrong. And there...
May 25, 2017
“Now He Is Very Near”
Some people think that Christ’s ascension into Heaven means that He is no longer with...
May 23, 2017
The cup for the laity
The communion practice of the Roman Catholic Church, up until Vatican II, was for the...
April 19, 2017
The search for Christ’s DNA
Forensic archaeologists have been extracting the DNA that can still be found in old bones...
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