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April 11, 2017
The new Martin Luther movie
Martin Luther: The Idea That Changed the World is a film funded by Thrivent to mark...
April 10, 2017
The Jewish argument for “closed” Passover meals
Many churches during Holy Week hold a "Seder" meal, a version of the Jewish Passover...
April 07, 2017
Martin Luther as inventor of freedom
Lutherans aren't the only ones celebrating the 500th anniversary of Luther's posting of the 95...
April 05, 2017
What Germany is doing for Luther’s 500th Anniversary
Germany has lots going on for the 500th Anniversary year of Luther's posting of the...
March 27, 2017
Holy Sepulchre needs more repair or it might collapse
Restoration work on the shrine built around the likely spot of Christ's tomb has been...
March 22, 2017
Luther as populist and freedom fighter
Much of Europe, including Catholics, will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting...
March 21, 2017
Work on Jesus’ burial site completed
We blogged about the excavation and renovation of Jesus' tomb at our post "See the...
March 17, 2017
St. Patrick’s confession
Instead of celebrating St. Patrick's Day by just wearing green, making a big deal about...
February 24, 2017
Why conservatives need Edmund Burke
In another in our series of my-former-students-who-are-making-me-proud-by-their-writing, Gracy Olmstead explains why today's conservatives need to...
February 21, 2017
What the Reformation did for preaching
Evangelical theologian Timothy George has written a fascinating and illuminating post entitled "How the Reformation...
February 20, 2017
What’s the true meaning of Presidents’ Day?
Happy Presidents' Day. What are we really celebrating today? Originally, it was George Washington's Birthday,...
February 20, 2017
The death and new life of “Jane Roe”
Norma McCorvey, who went by the name of "Jane Roe" in the infamous Roe v....
February 09, 2017
Another Dead Sea Scrolls cave discovered
Archeologists have discovered a 12th cave that once held Dead Sea scrolls, ancient Biblical and...
February 07, 2017
How “strange” it was that Rome became Christian
That a religion like Christianity converted Rome and its empire is a "historical anomaly," a...
February 01, 2017
The Marburg Colloquy online
Did you know that a transcript survives of the Marburg Colloquy (1529), in which Luther...
January 31, 2017
C. S. Lewis, atheist
C. S. Lewis, one of the foremost Christian apologists, had been for 15 years a convinced...
January 31, 2017
The three causes of war
The great Athenian historian Thucydides said that there are three causes of war: (1) honor (2)...
January 25, 2017
China pushing Communism to replace failing Democracy
China says Western democracy has reached its limits and has started to deteriorate (alluding to...
January 23, 2017
Susan B. Anthony and the other early feminists were pro-life
Feminists today hail the pioneers of women's rights, the suffragettes and 19th century activists who...
January 20, 2017
Live-blogging the Inauguration
Being unable to resist significant moments in history, I'll be watching the Inauguration ceremonies today...
January 16, 2017
Letter from a Birmingham Jail
To observe Martin Luther King Day, read his classic "Letter from a Birmingham Jail." It...
January 13, 2017
Luther’s influence on German culture
The Economist has a fascinating article on "How Martin Luther has shaped Germany for half...
January 10, 2017
The origin of the Bible’s chapters and verses
Imagine trying to look something up in the Bible if it didn't have chapters and...
January 09, 2017
“The last honest liberal” dies
Nat Hentoff, 91, has died. The jazz critic for the Village Voice, Hentoff described himself...
January 06, 2017
Empire of Desire
I have long said that we shouldn't look for analogies between our cultural problems and...
January 03, 2017
Top 10 Cranach posts of 2016
I know you are sick of holidays and want to get back to normality, but I...
January 02, 2017
Dave Barry’s 2016 Year in Review
One of my New Year's Eve rituals is to read Dave Barry's annual Year in...
December 31, 2016
Anniversaries in 2017
The new year will mark some important anniversaries. The biggest will be the 500th anniversary...
December 30, 2016
Make your predictions for 2017
Now it is time to look forward, to speculate about what this new year will...
December 30, 2016
Top 10 discoveries in Biblical archaeology for 2016
2016 was a good year for Biblical archaeology, with numerous excavations and artifacts confirming Biblical history....
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