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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 02, 2018
Good Advice vs. Good News
The essence of Christianity is not good advice, but good news. And there is a...
April 02, 2018
The Pope, Hell, & the Papacy
An Italian journalist has quoted Pope Francis as saying "there is no hell," a statement...
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 29, 2018
Holy Communion and Vocation
Today, on Maundy Thursday, we commemorate Christ's gift of Holy Communion, in which He gives...
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 16, 2018
What Is Religion, Anyway?
Christian Smith is the Notre Dame sociologist who identified the religion of America's youth as...
March 13, 2018
The Self and the Fear of Death
Buddhist monks believe that the self is an illusion. Though the unenlightened become reincarnated into...
March 08, 2018
Luther’s Musical Innovations
Christianity Today's online Christian History feature has a special section on Martin Luther this month. It...
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...
March 05, 2018
Vocation and Self-Defense
In the current debates over gun ownership and self-defense, we would do well to consider...
March 02, 2018
Church Members Who Believe in Abortion, by Denomination
Lots of church members believe in abortion. That's understandable, I suppose, since lots of churches...
March 01, 2018
The Pope’s Efforts to Reverse Birth Control Ban
It appears that Pope Francis is trying to reverse the Catholic Church's unpopular and widely-ignored...
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 27, 2018
Catholic, Lutheran, & Reformed Approaches to the Poor
I've been reading a ground-breaking new book in the field of the sociology of religion...
February 23, 2018
When Christians Change Churches, Where Do They Go?
One out of six American Christians changed religious affiliation over a four year period. Where...
February 20, 2018
The Two Kingdoms Doctrine Does Not Mean Moral Relativism
Some evangelicals and other conservative Christians who support President Trump no matter what he says...
February 16, 2018
Culture Against Christ
Yesterday's post about how the culture is the biggest obstacle to religious freedom reminded me...
February 13, 2018
The Lutheran artist, Carl Bloch
In looking for an illustration to go with yesterday's post Transfigured, I came across a...
February 12, 2018
Yesterday was the last and climactic Sunday of Epiphany, in which we contemplate the ultimate...
February 07, 2018
Coveting as the Root of the Other Sins
The Jewish scholar Leonard Greenspoon of Creighton University (a Catholic institution) explores the concept of "coveting" in...
February 06, 2018
Pope Sells Out Persecuted Catholics to Communists?
In effect, the Pope is unifying the Catholic church in China by granting authority to...
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 31, 2018
Catholic Exorcism Resources Are Now Available in English
The Roman Catholic Church has developed a specialty in the exorcism of demons. Though this...
January 29, 2018
George Lindbeck has died at the age of 94. The Lutheran (ELCA) theologian and...
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 15, 2018
Visiting Churches When I Was Seven
Was my response an indication that I would eventually leave the bland, liberal mainline Protestantism...
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...
January 11, 2018
The Protestant Reformation & the Protestant Revolution
Yesterday's post on the Reformation of America, made me realize that the distinction between revolution...
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