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August 10, 2017
Purists vs. Pragmatists
Christian political activists agonized over the last presidential election: Some asked, "How can we support...
August 07, 2017
Vatican Condemns U.S. Catholic Conservatives
An official Vatican publication has condemned Catholic conservatives in America for participating with evangelicals in...
August 03, 2017
Free Lutheran resources
My daughter, Deaconness Mary Moerbe, has collected links to a vast array of free Lutheran...
August 02, 2017
Gluten-free Communion bread?
What do you think? Should churches accommodate people with health concerns in the case of...
July 28, 2017
Not “Nones” But “Nons”: The Non-denominational Movement
Today one out of six Americans are non-denominational. Only 30% of Americans belong to a...
July 25, 2017
The social gospel
The "social gospel" is the teaching that the purpose of Christianity is to work for...
July 24, 2017
The hippie connection to contemporary Christianity
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the "Summer of Love" and the rise of the Hippie...
July 21, 2017
“We’re going to punish the wicked”
Tim Gill, who made his fortune from Quark publishing software, may be the biggest funder...
July 20, 2017
Liturgy for transgender transitions?
There are liturgies that go with birth, coming of age, getting married, and dying....
July 19, 2017
A confessional text on marriage, natural law & human law
Since Lutherans believe that marriage is a civil ordinance rather than a sacrament (though still...
July 17, 2017
The Reputation of Churches
Studies show that, despite everything, churches still have a good reputation in the United States.
July 12, 2017
Trinity Lutheran goes back to normal after Supreme Court victory
Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Missouri, just won a landmark case before the Supreme Court. ...
July 07, 2017
Reformed sign on to “joint declaration” & find no theological differences with Lutherans
The World Communion of Reformed Churches--an association of liberal Calvinists--has signed on to the Joint...
July 04, 2017
Patriotic Church Services?
I think the main problem with this sort of thing is the same problem with...
July 03, 2017
How to criminalize Christianity
The United States has freedom of religion, and to say Christians are "persecuted" here is...
June 29, 2017
The history of Vacation Bible School
This week is Vacation Bible School at our church, as well as at others I'm...
June 28, 2017
Marriage Is a Civil Matter, Not a Church Power
Lutherans particularly cannot "leave the government out of marriage." Their confessions and theology don't let...
June 27, 2017
Lutheran church wins Supreme Court case
Trinity Lutheran Church (LCMS) of Columbia, Missouri, won its case at the Supreme Court. The...
June 22, 2017
The history of pews
Lutheran writer and humorous church historian Luke T. Harrington writes about the history of church...
June 20, 2017
About half of Americans say grace before meals, according to a new study. Even 11%...
June 15, 2017
Statistics on the churched, unchurched, & dechurched
Recent statistics from a Barna study on cities with the largest and smallest church attendance...
June 14, 2017
Court upholds right of church to fire gay employee
The music director of Holy Family Catholic Church in Chicago announced his engagement to another...
June 13, 2017
Southern Baptist Numbers Are Shrinking
Why are conservative churches growing over all, but some are not?
June 09, 2017
Is Contemporary Christian Music Dead?
Contemporary Christian music used to sell some 50 million albums per year. Lately, it's been...
June 08, 2017
From preoccupation with society to preoccupation with the self
Still more things I've picked up from Kenneth L. Woodward's Getting Religion: Faith, Culture, and...
June 07, 2017
“When the secular was sacred”
I grew up in a liberal mainline denomination in the 1950s and 1960s, going to...
June 06, 2017
What conservative churches & liberal churches have in common today
More from Kenneth L. Woodward's Getting Religion: Faith, Culture, and Politics from the Age of...
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...
June 02, 2017
Embedded religion vs. movement religion
I've been reading Kenneth L. Woodward's Getting Religion: Faith, Culture, and Politics from the Age...
June 02, 2017
The ACLU is targeting Catholic hospitals
One in six patients in America today is treated in a Catholic hospital. The numbers...
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