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...]

Certitude vs. Certainty: What Can Neil Gorsuch and Martin Luther Teach Us About Knowledge and Truth?

Post by Nathan RinneNeil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s widely lauded pick for new Supreme Court Justice, will be big news for weeks to come. Gorsuch is, like Antonin Scalia before him, an "originalist" judge, meaning that he "interprets the Constitution based on its plain language and original public meaning.” (see here)According to Wikipedia, “originalism is a way to interpret the Constitution's meaning as stable from the time of enactment” (italics mine). Stanley Fish however, right … [Read more...]

How Can Christian Schools Shine in a “Doubling Down” World?

 Post by Nathan RinneIt has become a “don’t back down, double-down” world.Many increasingly feel like they are being pushed too far. The “other” is more so all the time… and there is felt to be little truth in them. As time rolls on we seem, as Charles Murray has put it, to be “coming [further] apart”.Tomorrow, several lawmakers plan on boycotting the inauguration of the President of the United States. In like fashion, pro-life woman, out of step with modern feminist ideo … [Read more...]

Resolved: Why We Should Recognize, not Emphasize, the Christian’s Freed, New Will

Post by Nathan RinneThere is a brutal honesty in the 16th century Lutheran Confessional documents. At one point, we are asked the question: “Who does not frequently doubt whether human affairs are ruled by God's counsel or by chance? Who does not frequently doubt whether he be heard by God?” Still, the God revealed in the Bible ultimately delivers faith and certain hope. In Jesus Christ, there is forgiveness, life and salvation. The sure and full transformation of the world – and we who bel … [Read more...]

Issues ETC.’s Todd Wilken on “Once Saved, Always Saved” via Hebrews 6: 4-8

Post by Nathan RinneOne of my favorite internet talk radio shows – which I absolutely recommend to everyone along with Pastor Cooper’s Just and Sinner podcast – is Issues ETC.“Issues” has been running for over twenty years now, and its current host, LC-MS (Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod) Pastor Todd Wilken has been at the helm for about the last fifteen. It’s a smart, guest-driven show that covers issues like church history, Christian doctrine, current social and political events, Scrip … [Read more...]

Satan’s Marketing of Disorder: Why Christians Must Shout “No!” to the Transgender Revolution

Post by Nathan RinneA few days ago, the “dating service” Tinder unveiled that their app would no longer allow users to only identify as male or female but now had transgender options. As Albert Mohler put it, tongue firmly in-cheek, “Tinder was a part of the problem until November 15, 2016. It was a part of the oppressive patriarchal regime. But all that changed with just one announcement on one day and now Tinder according to the New York Times and others is joining the right side of histo … [Read more...]

Individualism in the Age of Trump: the Unbridled Sophistry Behind Sexuality, Gender… and the Theory of Evolution

Post by Nathan RinneIn the Western world, today’s “conservatives” are increasingly libertarian when it comes to matters of sexual morality. Whatever good might come out of a Trump Presidency (full disclosure: I voted for the man), it seems unlikely that the nation’s appreciation for the importance of sexual morality will deepen.Increasingly in our society, the expectation for any romantic relationship is that it must be sexual or get sexual without much delay - married or not. Going hand … [Read more...]

The Connection Between the Bondage of the Will and the Two Kinds of Righteousness (Justification and Sanctification)

Post by Nathan RinneFirst of all, happy day after Reformation Day. Semper reformanda!Not too long ago, my eleven-year-old son and I were attending a different LC-MS (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod) congregation than the one that we are members of. After the confession and absolution, I looked at my son, who was already looking at me in great seriousness, repeating as a question the first words the pastor had said in his unique absolution: “God always looks for the best in his c … [Read more...]

Semper Vendenda!?: Was the Reformation about Creative Marketing with Disruptive Technology?

+++Post by Nathan RinneShort answer: “Yes”, but it was also much, much more.Not too long from now, Reformation Day (All Saint’s Day) will be upon us once again. And next year, of course, will mark the 500th anniversary of Luther nailing the 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg, and subsequently setting the world on fire – either a good thing (the Holy Spirit!) or a bad thing (Heretic!) depending on your churchly perspective.A relatively new book brings to mind a very mod … [Read more...]

“Maybe That’s What Christianity is All About?” A Few Critical Questions for “Relevant” Churches

Post by Nathan RinnePray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. (Col. 4:5)+++Google tells me that "relevant" means "closely connected or appropriate to the matter at hand." For churches then, nothing could be more relevant than the proclamation of the word of God.What kind of impression is your "relevant" church giving? I have a story that I hope might be of some real interest to … [Read more...]