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March 11, 2018
Our daughter here in Australia had her baby! In the photo you can see John,...
March 07, 2018
Surrogacy for Money
After getting married, the next step for most couples is having children. Now that we have...
March 05, 2018
Vocation and Self-Defense
In the current debates over gun ownership and self-defense, we would do well to consider...
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 12, 2018
Yesterday was the last and climactic Sunday of Epiphany, in which we contemplate the ultimate...
January 05, 2018
Luther on Epiphany and Vocation
Today is the 12th and last day of Christmas. (Happy drummers drumming day!) Tomorrow is...
December 19, 2017
Christmas, Scrooge, and Vocation
On this 174th anniversary of the publication of Charles Dickens' The Christmas Carol, I am...
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 13, 2017
How to be a Pastor
I'm in a reading group with a bunch of pastors, which has me reading titles I...
October 24, 2017
I was asked to write a guest post for the Tabletalk blog on "Why Luther?" Others, such...
October 17, 2017
From “Sologamy” to Marriage as Vocation
Jim Priest, a family columnist for the Daily Oklahoman, discussed "sologamy," the growing practice of marrying...
October 12, 2017
Quotations From Our New Book
More shameless promotion of my new book with Trevor Sutton, Authentic Christianity: How Lutheran Theology...
October 06, 2017
Appreciating Your Pastor
October is Pastor Appreciation Month, and this Sunday, October 8, is Pastor Appreciation Day. I...
October 02, 2017
Was the Gospel Preached to Make the Roman Empire Great Again?
Christians are citizens in the kingdoms--or republics--of this world. Christians are also citizens of the...
September 19, 2017
A Biblical text for our time
Here is a text from Scripture for those afflicted by or afraid of storms (as yet...
September 13, 2017
The Natural Virtues, the Theological Virtues, & the Commandments
In thinking about "virtue ethics" and the Christian life, it is important not to...
September 11, 2017
Virtue Ethics and the Christian Life
Given that we are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone,...
September 04, 2017
Vocation quotes from Luther for Labor Day
Labor Day is a good day for Christians to celebrate Vocation. That is, the teaching...
August 07, 2017
Loneliness is greater threat to health than obesity
A study has found that social isolation is a greater threat to public health than obesity....
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...
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...
May 23, 2017
The cup for the laity
The communion practice of the Roman Catholic Church, up until Vatican II, was for the...
May 15, 2017
Assault on pro-life doctors
The Hippocratic Oath specifically forbids physicians from committing abortion or euthanasia. So that oath isn't used...
April 26, 2017
A Lutheran Catholic and vocation
Our hosts here in Finland arranged a city tour of Helsinki with Emil Anton. As...
March 13, 2017
LCMS judge is censured for following her church
We blogged about (here, here, and here) the case of Judge Ruth Neely, a municipal...
February 24, 2017
In praise of the American farmer
American agriculture has virtually eliminated world hunger. And American farmers preside over an industry that has...
February 15, 2017
Run it like a business?
President Trump is reported to be understandably frustrated that the government can't be run like a business....
February 06, 2017
Pastors have happier marriages, stronger families than usual
Barna Research has published a new study on the problems, challenges, and personal life of...
February 02, 2017
The Superbowl and vocation
The Superbowl is this weekend, time for the obligatory polls about whether or not God...
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