America, Behold Your God [of “Civil Religion”]: the Underlying Meaning of Gay Marriage and Other Incoming Issues (Summary)


Post by Nathan RinneA few days ago, Pastor Cooper posted a link to an excellent podcast discussing the idea of gay marriage from a biblical perspective. In the podcast, he also talked about a recent article on the topic by the popular Eastern Orthodox theologian David Bentley Hart. Pastor Cooper's analysis is very helpful and I highly recommend checking it out.And yesterday, on my blog, I posted a lengthier piece addressing the issue of gay marriage - arguing more from the basis of … [Read more...]

Response to the SCOTUS Decision on Gay Marriage


I recorded next week's program early due to a trip I will be on next week. On this program I responded the recent Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage. I asked the question: does this issue matter? and answer in the affirmative. I discuss how important it is for Christians to defend the orders of creation and give a response to these important issues.Here is the program.Also, if you have an Android device, check out the Just and Sinner App in the Google Play … [Read more...]

Three New Sermons Uploaded


I've been way behind in uploading my sermons. Here are my messages from the last three weeks:2 Corinthians 4:13-5:12 Corinthians 5:1-10Acts 13:13-26 Also, if you haven't yet, check out these lectures I gave on the Biblical theology of the family:A Biblical Theology of the Family: The Old TestamentA Biblical Theology of the Family: The New TestamentChristian PatriarchySecular Approaches to the Family … [Read more...]

Martin Luther: Christ Means to Draw the World’s Wrath and to Pick a Fight


Post by Nathan RinneAnd as my pastor puts it, summing up Martin Luther's interpretation of John 16:8-13, "The Holy Spirit wants to subjugate the entire world to Christ."Please note, when it comes to picking this fight, this means striving to make Him, not yourself, the stumbling block.The pictured book is a fresh translation into English of a sermon on John 16:8-13 that originally appeared in 1544, two years before Luther's death. As Paul Strawn, the co-editor of the book writes, … [Read more...]

A Biblical Theology of the Family: The New Testament


This is the second in a series of lectures I gave on the Biblical view of the family. In this class, we discussed the relevant New Testament passages.Here is the lesson.The first lecture can be found here. … [Read more...]

Tullian Tchividjian, Evangelical Catholicism, and More

Today I did a second question and answer program on a variety of topics. First, I addressed the issue of Tullian's Tchividjian's fall and resignation. I then talked about evangelical catholicism, degrees of sin, premillennialism, and historical criticism.Here is the program … [Read more...]

Matthew 7 is Not About Obsessive Introspection and Fruit-Checking

In 2002, Baptism missionary and preacher Paul Washer preached what's often known as the "Shocking Youth Message," to a group of Baptist young people about true and false conversions. In this message, Washer rejects the "accept Jesus into your heart" mentality that captivates so many baptist churches. He rightly argues that repentance is a daily reality for the Christian, not a one time event.Yet, for all that Washer gets right in this message, there are some glaring issues. One of those is … [Read more...]

A Biblical Theology of the Family: Creation and Fall

This lecture was given at Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka, IL. It is the first in a series of talks on the Biblical view of the family. This first lesson addresses the book of Genesis, and examines God's intention for the family prior to the fall, and the effects of sin upon the family today.Here is the audio … [Read more...]

Faith is Not an Object of Sight

(by Eric Phillips)Our Epistle reading for this past Sunday included the well known verse that says, “We walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7). In context, St. Paul has just assured his hearers that “if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (5:1). That is, if this body dies (and we know that will happen some time), we have another one awaiting us in Heaven, in the Resurrection to immortality. But we … [Read more...]

Q&A Program


I spent today's program answering a variety of listener questions. I addressed the Majority Text in relation to the Textus Receptus, the validity of the Lord's Supper in non-Lutheran traditions, the place of regeneration in the ordo salutis, and the Finnish interpretation of Luther.Here is the program. … [Read more...]