Semper Vendenda!?: Was the Reformation about Creative Marketing with Disruptive Technology?

+++Post by Nathan RinneShort answer: “Yes”, but it was also much, much more.Not too long from now, Reformation Day (All Saint’s Day) will be upon us once again. And next year, of course, will mark the 500th anniversary of Luther nailing the 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg, and subsequently setting the world on fire – either a good thing (the Holy Spirit!) or a bad thing (Heretic!) depending on your churchly perspective.A relatively new book brings to mind a very mod … [Read more...]

Biblical Themes: Clothing

On today's program, I discussed the theme of clothing in the Bible. This discussion began with the theme of clothing in the Garden of Eden, and discussed the development of that concept in the Levitical law, the prophets, and in Christ.Here is the program … [Read more...]

“Maybe That’s What Christianity is All About?” A Few Critical Questions for “Relevant” Churches

Post by Nathan RinnePray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. (Col. 4:5)+++Google tells me that "relevant" means "closely connected or appropriate to the matter at hand." For churches then, nothing could be more relevant than the proclamation of the word of God.What kind of impression is your "relevant" church giving? I have a story that I hope might be of some real interest to … [Read more...]

Response to Moral Arguments Against the Bible

On today's program, I responded to moral arguments against the Bible as made by popular YouTuber AaronRa. I dealt with the issues of slavery, rape, the foundation of moral judgments, and other important moral questions.Here is the program.Here is the video. … [Read more...]

Second Response to Rev. Schwertley on Baptismal Regeneration

On today's program, I continued my response to Rev. Brian Schwertley on the topic of baptismal regeneration. I discussed the relationship between faith and baptism, monergism and baptism, and other important issues.Here is the videoHere is the audio … [Read more...]

Embracing Identity Politics: Why I Am Now a Liberal Christian Nationalist

The Lord is king forever and ever; the nations perish from his land. – Psalm 10Disclaimer: while the author of this post, Nathan Rinne, always speaks only for himself on this blog, I am keen to re-iterate this when it comes to this thought-piece, which I am proposing to encourage both reflection and debate. If you can make the Just and Sinner conference, you can ask Dr. Veith for me what he thinks about some of these ideas!+++Should we be “Cultural Christians”? Even, perhaps, as I … [Read more...]

Christ, Culture, and the Two Kingdoms Conference

This October, we will be hosting our second annual Just and Sinner Conference on the topic: Christ, Culture, and the two Kingdoms. The dates are October 27-29 at Faith Lutheran Church in Watseka, IL. You can sign up at FaithLutheranWatseka.comThe speakers are: Eric Phillips, Gene Edward Veith, and Jordan Cooper.Here is the schedule and lecture topics: Thursday 6:30  Opening worship service led by Rev. Jordan Cooper and Rev. Lewis Polzin7:15 Opening lecture, “The Two Kingdom Pa … [Read more...]

My Book, Hands of Faith, is Now Available for Kindle!

My recent book Hands of Faith: A Historical and Theological Study of the Two Kinds of Righteousness in Lutheran Thought is now available for kindle. You can purchase it here.I also recorded a brief video introduction to the book here.This is the description:It is a common misconception that Lutheran theology is inherently antinomian, or unconcerned with Christian ethics. This unfortunate caricature of the doctrine of the Reformation has been furthered by certain strands of Lutheran … [Read more...]

Numbers 5 and Abortion

The purpose of this post is to summarize an argument made in my recent podcast which can be found here, for those wanting a shorter and more accessible resource on the topic. One of the common arguments thrown around by atheists toward those who hold to the traditional Christian faith (and Christian morality in particular) is that there is a divergence between the beliefs of contemporary Christians and the teachings of Scripture. It is argued that, though Christians today are opposed to … [Read more...]

Does the Bible promote abortion?

On today's program, I responded to atheist youtuber AronRa on the subject of abortion. He argues that the Bible does not prohibit abortion, and that Numbers 5 actually teaches that the Israelites were called to perform abortions. These assertions were demonstrated to be completely baseless.Here is the videoHere is the audio … [Read more...]