What Can We Learn About the New Man of the Christian from the Boy Jesus?

The boy Jesus in the Temple. Post by Nathan Rinne The following is one of my pastor’s fine sermons* — this one on Luke 2:52: “And Jesus Increased in Wisdom and Stature and in Favor with God and Man.” (originally posted here). I think it goes a long way in helping us to answer the question in the title. Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, when I was working as a kitchen installer in Germany, I was taught a saying… Read more

Is there a Protestant Consensus on Justification?

I have been asked the question many times in one form or another: “is there a Protestant consensus on justification?” By that, the individual usually intends to discover whether there is a difference between the Lutheran and Reformed traditions on the doctrine of justification proper. Certainly, it is generally recognized that Luther put this doctrine in a more central position than it has within other forms of Protestantism. Yet, regarding the particulars of that doctrine, many argue that there is… Read more

Response to Frame’s Criticism of Dolezal on Theistic Mutualism

Among contemporary Christian thinkers who have promoted a return to the Classical Theistic conceptions of deity, such as an adherence to divine simplicity, immutability, and other attributes is Reformed Baptist theologian James Dolezal. His doctoral dissertation, published as God Without Parts received quite a bit of attention as a philosophical and theological defense of the simplicity of God. His recent publication All that is in God has similarly resulted in a number of responses, defenses, and criticisms, which will surely… Read more

Yes David French, We Should Seek Certainty in an Uncertain World

  Post by Nathan Rinne In an article published in National Review, “The Enduring Appeal of Creepy Christianity,” David French uses the news surrounding Judge Roy Moore to make some critical points about American Christianity. The sub-title of his article — which definitely caught my attention — provocatively reads “the desire for certainty in an uncertain world yields terrible results.” French states that Christians have two temptations rooted in the fear of men. One is the path that liberal Christians… Read more

Lectures from the AALC Reformation Conference

The American Association of Lutheran Churches recently hosted a conference in celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. The talks were on the following topics: Justification, the Church, the Ministry, Baptism, Sanctification, and Glorification. Each of these is now available on Youtube. You can checkout the playlist of all lectures here. Read more

On Compassion Toward Transgendered Individuals

It is too often assumed that Christians are opposed to homosexuality and trans issues simply due to personal biases and prejudices. Read more

Matthew Garnett’s Helpful Evaluation of Tullian Tchividjian’s Preaching

+++ Post by Nathan Rinne Matthew Garnett, of the In Layman’s Terms podcast and the Federalist, shared an important piece last week on Facebook about Tullian Tchividjian’s Preaching. As I said there in reply to a critical comment (referring to “fear based heretic hunting”): “I’d say we owe Matthew our thanks for his very insightful and careful article here. Tullian does to, of course! — very kind of Matthew to listen to absolutely everything the man has said, and I… Read more

The Theology of Holy Baptism

On this program, I play a lecture from the Rev. Dr. Curtis E Leins who is the presiding pastor of the AALC. This lecture was given at the celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation in October of 2017. A video is also going to be available on Youtube along with the other talks at the conference. Here is the program Read more

Answering the “God of the Gaps” Argument

In the second video in my recent Youtube series answering the questions of skeptics, I address the God of the gaps argument. I argue that such an argument assumes a view of God which is inconsistent with the Christian faith. Here is the video Read more

Bravehearts and Blackhearts? Milo Yiannopoulos’s and Jordan Peterson’s Divine Gambits

  Prefatory material: My views alone to be sure. Why give this man any time at all? As my Senator Al Franken puts it, because of “lies and the lying liars who tell them.” Milo is no angel to be sure, but for persons even relatively informed about him the pathetic hit pieces get old (a good response on that one, even if the author is wrong about the Reformation). +++ Post by Nathan Rinne I’ll admit it. Men like… Read more

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