September 21, 2018

I have been at work on a book based on a series of studies I lead with my congregation on the meaning and purpose of Christian liturgy. The description of the book is as follows: Liturgical worship is often viewed as nothing more than an outdated tradition, or a series of meaningless words and motions. The reality, however, is much different. The form of worship that is often described as liturgical, or traditional, has strong roots in both Scripture and… Read more

September 19, 2018

  +++ Post by Nathan Rinne Have you read the LC-MS document When Homes are Heartless yet? A few months ago I read it. It made me think. You might want to read it to. After I read it, I wrote up a post which dealt with some of my reactions to it, and posted it on a private online group for discussion. To say the least, this posting caused a bit of a firestorm, earning fierce responses from some… Read more

September 12, 2018

This program is a response to the recent Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel. I discuss some of the problems with the document as well as giving credit to what has been correctly identified within it. These conversations are extremely important, but must be handled with care and compassion. Here is the program. Read more

September 10, 2018

On today’s podcast, I played a lecture I delivered on the reliability of Scripture. This is the second part of an apologetics class I taught for adults in Watseka, IL during the VBS of Faith and Calvary Lutheran Churches. I gave an overview of New Testament manuscripts, and dispelled common misconceptions about the transmission of the text. Here is the program. Read more

September 5, 2018

Post by Nathan Rinne Prefatory material: Should pastors who fall into grave public sin continue in the ministry? This has lately become an increasingly talked-about topic. Most recently, people following the public debate on the issue could read dueling articles titled “Grace for the Disgraced: Showing Forgiving Mercy to Former Ministries” and “Real Sin. Real Forgiveness. Real Faith. Real Fruits of Repentance”. I highly recommend reading these articles side by side (here is Martin Luther’s view of the matter as… Read more

July 24, 2018

Today’s program is the fourth lecture in Dr. Joel Biermann’s series of talks given at the 2018 AALC National Convention. The topic is the two kinds of righteousness. Listen to the audio here. Watch the video here.  Read more

July 11, 2018

I have been producing a series of short 5-15 minute videos which give an overview of Western thought, beginning with the Pre-Socratic philosophers. My most recent one is on the Eleatic school, including Xenophanes, Zeno, and Parmenides. Here is the video. Read more

July 10, 2018

This week’s podcast contains Joel Biermann’s second lecture at the AALC National Convention. This talk is on the Fall of man. If you have not yet listened to the first part, you probably want to go listen to that prior to this. I also have uploaded the video onto YouTube. Here is the podcast. Here is the video. Enjoy! Read more

July 5, 2018

I have now uploaded all of Dr. Joel Biermann’s lectures from the 2018 AALC National Convention. You really don’t want to miss these, as they are extremely beneficial. They are currently all available in video on YouTube, but audio versions will also be available on the podcast in the next couple of weeks. The topics are: Humanity in Creation Humanity after the Fall Redemption and Atonement The Two Kinds of Righteousness You can also view them all on a playlist… Read more

July 3, 2018

Today’s podcast is a lecture from Dr. Joel Biermann on the subject of humanity in creation. This is a talk given at the 2018 National Convention of the AALC in Minneapolis, MN. It will be followed with three further talks to be uploaded in the future. I have also provided a video of this talk on YouTube. Here is the audio Here is the video Read more

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