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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 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 11, 2017
“Your Thirst for My Salvation”
We often think of God as an abstract idea, as an impersonal force, or as...
December 07, 2017
Is This Still Christianity?
At what point does a religious expression cease to be Christian altogether?
December 06, 2017
Because God Is Merciful
Before we retired a couple of years ago and moved to Oklahoma, we attended St....
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”...
November 30, 2017
The LCMS Adult Conversion Rate & Other Surprising Statistics
Per capita, the LCMS has one convert for every 44 adult members. That is a...
November 29, 2017
Ministers’ Housing Allowance Update
As we blogged about, a Wisconsin judge ruled that the ministers' housing allowance tax break,...
November 28, 2017
Is Church Giving in Jeopardy?
The Republican tax reform plan retains deductions for charitable giving, including donations to churches and...
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 27, 2017
An LCMS Murder
A man identified as the "youth pastor" of Grace Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Chester, Virginia, shot...
November 21, 2017
The Church in the Wilderness
The Old Testament speaks of the New Testament, and the narrative of the Children of...
November 17, 2017
The Connection Between Domestic Abuse and Church Shootings
Research does show that a large percentage of church shootings do also involve domestic violence....
November 14, 2017
To the Christian Belongs the Past, Present, and Future
"To the so-called Lutheran, that is the true catholic Christian, belongs the entire past, before...
November 13, 2017
How to be a Pastor
I'm in a reading group with a bunch of pastors, which has me reading titles I...
November 10, 2017
God Has Already Repaid You
Thanks to Pastor Ned Moerbe, who cited this quotation from Paul Gerhardt by way...
November 09, 2017
Dear Next Mass Church Murderer,
The whole “death” thing raises a very important point. Ours is a Christian church and...
November 08, 2017
Why Violence Doesn’t Stop the Church
Officials are saying that the church massacre in Sutherland Springs, Texas, was not due to...
November 06, 2017
95 Theses on Worship
In the spirit of the Reformation, my fellow Patheos blogger and church musician Jonathan Aigner...
November 06, 2017
Nearly 30 Killed in Deadliest U.S. Church Shooting
A gunman walked into First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday morning and...
November 02, 2017
How Ethiopia Influenced the Reformation
As early as 1517, when the Reformation was just getting started, Martin Luther became interested...
November 01, 2017
The Gospel as Heresy
We posted about the “Filial Correction” in which a number of conservative Catholics accused Pope...
October 31, 2017
Other Takes on the Reformation
The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation--which is today--has received an extraordinary amount of attention. As...
October 30, 2017
How Lutherans View the Reformation Differently
Luther didn't split the church. The pope did.
October 27, 2017
What the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation is NOT About
The 500th anniversary of Luther's posting of the 95 Theses is soon upon us (next...
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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