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May 25, 2018
Will the New Critics of Liberal Democracy Turn Against Religious Liberty?
A number of conservative thinkers, in trying to address the political and cultural problems of...
May 24, 2018
Evangelicals who support Donald Trump are receiving harsh criticism, both from other Christians and...
May 18, 2018
Does Vocation Allow a Spy to Employ Sex as an Espionage Tactic?
In our recent post, The Vocation of a Spy, we discussed whether espionage is a...
May 16, 2018
The Abdication of the Medical Profession
The medical profession enjoys some of the highest level of respect in the country, and...
May 14, 2018
The Vocation of a Spy
Normally, the leadership of important government agencies like the CIA goes to politicians, campaign allies,...
May 09, 2018
How Religious Success Can Threaten Faith
Eric Voegelin (1901-1985) is a thinker I want to look into more, writing as...
May 07, 2018
Another Look at How Fathers Influence Their Children’s Churchgoing
Nathan Rinne, who blogs with Jordan Cooper at Just and Sinner here at Patheos, discusses...
May 04, 2018
On Catholics’ “Indissolubility” of Marriage from a New Lutheran Blog
I have blogged about my former student John Ehrett, who wrote that perceptive review of...
May 02, 2018
Respecting the Office
French President Emmanuel Macron and American President Donald Trump disagree on just about everything--economics, immigration,...
May 01, 2018
Luther’s Political Teachings
In yesterday's post on Luther and Trump, we drew on the work of economist Lyman...
April 18, 2018
Being Moral vs. Moralizing
John Daniel Davidson makes a useful distinction between "being moral" and "moralizing." From his article...
April 13, 2018
How Social Media Is Designed Around Sin
Trevor Sutton, my co-author of Authentic Christianity, has written a fascinating article entitled Social Media...
April 13, 2018
Churches’ Contempt for Men
Matthew Cochran, a Concordia Theological Seminary lay graduate who blogs at 96th Thesis has a...
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 05, 2018
The Vocation of a Christian Police Officer
As controversies roil over police shootings, such as that of Stephon Clark in Sacramento (reportedly shot...
April 04, 2018
Bach and His Bible
Is Bach Lutheran? The question is like, "Is the Pope Catholic?" OK, there may now...
March 29, 2018
Holy Communion and Vocation
Today, on Maundy Thursday, we commemorate Christ's gift of Holy Communion, in which He gives...
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...
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