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July 25, 2017
The social gospel
The "social gospel" is the teaching that the purpose of Christianity is to work for...
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 14, 2017
Misunderstanding the cultural influence of the Reformation
The cultural influence of the Reformation is getting lots of attention on this 500th anniversary...
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...
July 11, 2017
Christian multi-universe theories
The scholastic theology of the Middle Ages was very much in thrall to the philosophy...
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...
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 26, 2017
Most Christians have non-Christian worldviews
A new study from Barna has found that most "practicing Christians" in America--defined as those...
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 19, 2017
Christians who don't believe in baptizing infants generally hold to the notion of "the age...
June 16, 2017
“Hell is other people” vs. Heaven is other people
In his play No Exit, existentialist thinker Jean Paul Sartre said and portrayed that "Hell...
June 14, 2017
One of the best comments about Bernie Sanders' opposition to a nominee's confirmation because he...
June 12, 2017
Chesterton on the Trinity
Yesterday was Trinity Sunday, following close upon Ascension (the incarnate Son taking His place in...
June 09, 2017
Is saying Jesus is the only way to salvation hate speech and discrimination?
Russell Vought is a Wheaton College alumnus who weighed in on the controversy over the...
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 01, 2017
There already is a church that is both evangelical and sacramental
Gordon T. Smith has written a book entitled Evangelical, Sacramental, and Pentecostal: Why the Church Should...
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...
May 19, 2017
“The way of life” vs. “The way of death”
“I believe that as an abortion provider, I am doing God’s work.” So says Dr....
May 18, 2017
5 more arguments for the existence of God
St. Thomas Aquinas famously formulated 5 arguments for the existence of God. Robert H. Nelson...
May 17, 2017
The 221 religions
The U.S. military has compiled a list of religions, numbering 221. Though including varieties of...
May 08, 2017
Challenges for conservative churches in Scandinavia
In Finland, I taped three programs for the Christian television network. The host, Leif Nummela,...
May 05, 2017
Open communion that includes Muslims
In Atlanta during Holy Week, the entire diocese of the Episcopal Church held a Mass in...
May 04, 2017
Does mainline liberal Protestantism have just 23 years left?
More on the plight of mainline liberal Protestantism. . . . Evangelical scholar Ed Stetzer calculates...
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