Outline for a Bible Study on the Lord’s Supper


Since the last post on baptism had such a good reception, I've decided to continue posting my Bible study outlines. Again, feel free to use it in your own congregation or for any other purpose.Why Do Lutherans Believe in the Real Presence of Christ’s Body and Blood in the Lord’s Supper?There are a variety of different perspectives on exactly what happens during the Sacrament of the Lord’s SupperThe memorialist view: This perspective, held by many evangelicals, is that the Lord’s Sup … [Read more...]

Outline for a Bible Study on Infant Baptism


 I'm currently doing a Bible study series in my congregation on the distinctive practices and teachings of the Lutheran church. Our first class was on the subject of infant baptism. Feel free to use this outline in your own congregation, or for personal study:    Why do we baptize infants?Whose work is baptism? Is it God’s work, or man’s work?The believer’s only Baptist view says that baptism is our work. Through baptism, we show to the w … [Read more...]

Jesus and Banned Books Week


Post by Nathan RinneYes –me talking about Banned Books Week again. As a librarian, I suppose I can’t help it!Last week, I talked about why Christians – particularly when it comes to their schools – should exercise some critical thinking towards Banned Books Week. This time, I simply want to take the concept and run with it – and “hijack” it a bit for my own purposes.One of the most feared books throughout history has been the Christian Bible. Interestingly it has been feared by both a … [Read more...]

Come to the Just and Sinner Conference!


The first annual Just and Sinner conference is now less than a month away, and we still have some spots open. If you would like to register, you can do so in one of three ways:1. Send in your registration on FaithLutheranWatseka.com2. Download the Just and Sinner App from the Itunes or Google Play app stores, and register there3. Register on facebookMore information on the conference can be found here. We look forward to seeing you! … [Read more...]

A Review of Peter Lombard’s “The Sentences” Book 1


Most of my reading tends to be related to my current writing projects. Because of that, I don't often have the time to read books that I just really want to read. When I do, I tend to gravitate toward Patristic and Medieval theology. Well, I finally had some time to do some reading just for fun and personal edification, so I decided to pick up a copy of Peter Lombard's The Sentences.Peter Lombard (1096-1160) is one of the most influential figures in the history of Western theology, yet for … [Read more...]

What Should Christians Make of “Banned Books Week”?


Post by Nathan Rinne(update: also see my follow-up piece, Jesus and Banned Books Week)Next week, September 27−October 3, is what the American Library Association calls “Banned Books Week”. I am a Christian and a librarian and definitely have some thoughts about this issue.Let me start by making clear I do not think that there is one “Christian answer” to this question. This is truly a complicated and heavily context-dependent topic that, it seems to me, requires much wisdom (for examp … [Read more...]

Excerpt from The Great Divide

For anyone interested in my recent book The Great Divide: A Lutheran Evaluation of Reformed Theology, here is an excerpt from the first chapter of the book.Cooper_24239_ExcerptUsed with Permission of Wipf and Stock PublishersThe book can be purchased here. … [Read more...]

Response to James White on Baptismal Regeneration Part 3


On today's program I finished my response to James White's article "A Brief Rebuttal of Baptismal Regeneration." I discussed Acts 2:38 and the meaning of baptism "for the remission of sins," as well as the washing away of sins in Acts 22:16. We continued to demonstrate the false dichotomy presented by White regarding the efficacy of the cross and baptismal regeneration, and addressed his closing remarks in the essay.Here is the program … [Read more...]

What Should the Christian Do With Wicked Desires and Thoughts?


Post by Nathan RinneOn my heart imprint your image, Blessed Jesus, king of grace, That life’s riches, cares, and pleasures Never may your work erase; Let the clear inscription be: Jesus, crucified for me, Is my life, my hope’s foundation, And my glory and salvation!- Johann B. KonigSometimes there are Christians who wonder whether or not they are really Christians. They are beset by doubt because when they look at their actions, they cry out, a la the Apostle Paul in Romans, ch … [Read more...]

Response to James White on Baptismal Regeneration Part 2

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On today's program, I continued my response to James White'a article "A Brief Rebuttal of Baptismal Regeneration." We looked at several Biblical texts about baptism and continued to discuss the false dichotomy of salvation by grace or salvation through baptism.Here is the program Here is James White's original article: A Brief Rebuttal of Baptismal Regeneration. … [Read more...]