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May 09, 2018
How Religious Success Can Threaten Faith
Eric Voegelin (1901-1985) is a thinker I want to look into more, writing as...
March 30, 2018
Our Power Struggle with God
I just got back from our Good Friday service. Here in Australia we're a day...
November 08, 2017
Why Violence Doesn’t Stop the Church
Officials are saying that the church massacre in Sutherland Springs, Texas, was not due to...
September 28, 2017
The Cross in Fashion
Christianity is reportedly in decline in the West, especially among trendy millennials. And yet, the...
September 22, 2017
The Prosperity Gospel vs. the Theology of the Cross
Lutheran theology is pretty much the opposite of the Prosperity Gospel.
December 20, 2016
Mary and the divine inversion
In discussing why the Virgin Birth of Christ is important, James A. Rogers (Texas A&M...
November 21, 2016
Christ the King
Hispanic martyrs put before the firing squads by socialist dictators would call out as their last...
February 25, 2016
You know you are a theologian of glory if. . . .
An important Lutheran distinction is between the theology of the Cross and the theology of...
December 28, 2015
Bonhoeffer on Christmas
Lutheran theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was executed for plotting against Hitler, is in vogue today. ...
October 23, 2015
God always begins with NOTHING
"It is God's nature to make something out of nothing; hence one who is not...
June 02, 2015
God from above vs. God from below
I've started working through the Christian Year of Grace by Johann Spangenberg, a contemporary of...
March 30, 2015
“He comes down to the very depths”
For my Lenten reading, I have taken up Living by Faith by Oswald Bayer, a...
October 23, 2014
Two solutions for the terminally ill
Here are two heart-breaking stories of women with terminal brain cancer. The first is moving...
October 10, 2014
Attraction, not argument
Michael Brendan Dougherty discusses the doom and gloom many Christians feel about the church's prospects...
September 18, 2014
Finding the true Cross
Last Sunday was Holy Cross Day, an ancient celebration that originally commemorated St. Helena (Constantine's...
September 11, 2014
What Christians know about each other
Justin Taylor posts a startling quotation from Dietrich Bonhoeffer from Life Together, about what a...
August 19, 2014
When life contradicts God’s Word
Last Sunday, the sermon was about that puzzling passage in which Jesus seems at first...
June 24, 2014
Making Christianity strange again
Russell Moore thinks the persecution of Christians around the world might bring American Christianity back...
May 15, 2014
God as merely an explanation
The "low voltage atheist" George Will defends public prayer, and in doing so offers an...
May 01, 2014
The glory of God hidden under suffering
Thanks to Scott Diekmann for bringing to our notice a 2002 piece by Rev. William...
April 18, 2014
“God suffered, God died”
Some of the deepest waters of Lutheran theology and where it makes some of its...
April 14, 2014
A God who doesn’t act like a God
Our pastor on Palm Sunday said that people's confusion over Jesus--so that they hailed Him...
April 08, 2014
George Herbert on Sin, Love, & the Sacrament
Miranda Threlfall-Holmes discusses one of my favorite poems, The Agony by George Herbert. It is...
February 17, 2014
Technologies of Glory
Brandon Bennett writes about those who relate human technological prowess to man becoming god. He...
February 14, 2014
The abyss of love
Ethan Richardson at Mockingbird quotes French philosopher Simone Weil on the Cross of Jesus Christ:...
December 06, 2013
Christ’s use of donkeys
The Gospel reading for the first Sunday of Advent last week was about Christ's Triumphal...
March 29, 2013
The Crucified God
For Lent I've been reading Jürgen Moltmann's The Crucified God. It's sophisticated theology, interacting and...
February 18, 2013
Rejecting Christ’s sacrifice
Liberal Catholic intellectual Garry Wills has a new book out entitled Why Priests?: A Failed...
February 11, 2013
“God is really blessing the LCMS”
Todd Wilken with an important reminder in light of the uproar over the Lutheran Church...
June 12, 2012
Luther the detective: Getting your hands dirty
Luther is the acclaimed British crime drama now available to Americans on BBC America. Here...
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