Millstones, Judas Iscariot, and the Little Ones

Post by Nathan RinneAs I hope you know, despite what you might hear from your Calvinist friends, Lutherans (and Luther) do not believe in double predestination. Even for Judas.So, what should we think about Judas' tragic demise? What lessons can we gather from it? The season of Lent is a good time to think about this. Years ago, I wrote this short piece, which I'm republishing at this time...Thanks be to God that the Church is called to administer the His Word and Sacraments – and n … [Read more...]

The Biblical Theme of Water

On today's program, I discussed water as a Biblical theme. I began with the Spirit hovering over the water in Genesis 1, and then discussed the flood, the crossing of the Red Sea, and Levitical washings. I demonstrated that all of these ideas are fulfilled in Holy Baptism.Here is the program.This is the previous program in the series on clothing.  … [Read more...]

A Study on Infant Baptism

This is a study guide that I prepared on the topic of infant baptism for confirmation students, but I thought that the material might be beneficial for anyone looking to lead any kind of study on the topic.Here is the PDF. BaptismStudyGuide … [Read more...]

My critique of Gerhard Forde has been published

My book length critique of Gerhard Forde's understanding of the law is now available. Here is the description:Martin Luther's theological revolution depended in a significant part upon the distinction between law and gospel. Within the last hundred years, several authors have reevaluated the reformer's understanding of this paradigm in light of its development within the Lutheran orthodox tradition. Some authors have argued that the Lutheran scholastic view of God's law departs from that of … [Read more...]

Hollywood Moral Awareness vs. Christian “Ash Wednesday” Moral Awareness

Post by Nathan Rinne“The folly of a man perverts his ways, and in his heart he holds God to blame” --Prov. 19:3As Albert Mohler reports in a hard-hitting Briefing today, prior to the Oscars last Sunday night the Hollywood Reporter published an article titled "Oscar Winner John Irving Urges Hollywood to Get Political With 'Outright Bias'". In the article, Irving, echoing the 1960s philosopher Herbert Marcuse, pushes for his "artist community,"  to be "intolerant of intolerance". "In our co … [Read more...]

Augsburg Confession Article III On the Son of God

On today's program, I continued my discussion of the Augsburg Confession with Articles III, "Of the Son of God." I discussed Christological heresies, the two natures of Christ, the catholicity of the Lutheran reformation, and the connection between Christology and soteriology.Here is the program … [Read more...]

Original Sin and Free Will (AC II)

On today's program, I continued our discussion of the Augsburg Confession with Article II on the topic of original sin. I also discussed the nature of free will in connection to original sin.Here is the program … [Read more...]

Want to Save Free Speech? Listen to Rod Dreher, Jordan Cooper, Issues ETC., etc…

Post by Nathan RinnePopular libertarian You Tuber Stefan Molyneux argues with all his rhetorical might that “Free Speech is All That Matters”.I balk at his insistence. I don’t like the way he puts that. While I find his supporting arguments for this persuasive and important when it comes to politics, overall I wonder about the implications of such words, such devotion. It almost sounds religious to me. Molyneux talks about the importance of humility and self-doubt, but of this he is certa … [Read more...]

The Formula of Concord

On today's program, I continued my walk through the Lutheran Confessions. I discussed the Formula of Concord including both the Epitome and Solid Declaration. I discussed the history and major teachings of these documents.Here is the program … [Read more...]