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...]

Todd Wilken on Radical Lutheranism

Rev. Todd Wilken of Issues Etc. fame recently gave a lecture at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Ft. Wayne, IN on the subject of Radical Lutheranism. In this talk, he points out some of the problems with the movement, such as the tendency to overreact to Evangelicalism and to limit discussion of particular commands down to the sin of self-justification.Watch the video here. … [Read more...]

The Ecumenical Creeds and the Augsburg Confession

On today's program, I continued my introduction to the Lutheran Confessions. I discussed the history and theology of the three ecumenical creeds, and spoke about the importance of the Augsburg Confession for the Lutheran tradition.Here is the program … [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...]

A New Q&A Program!

On today's program, I spent time answering listener questions on a variety of topics. This included: the third use of the law in the Lutheran and Reformed traditions, Luther's opinion of the book of James, my favorite Psalter, my opinion of Rogue One, and many other topics!Here is the program … [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...]

Responsibilities of the Christian Prince According to Augustine, Luther, and America

This lecture was presented at the 2016 Just and Sinner Conference from Rev. Dr. Eric Phillips on the topic, "Responsibilities of the Christian Prince According to Augustine, Luther, and America."Here is the podcast.You can watch the video here. … [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...]

Two Cities, Two Kingdoms: Augustine and Luther on Church and State

On today's program, I played a lecture by Eric Phillips titled "Two Cities, Two Kingdoms: Augustine and Luther on Church and State" from the 2016 Just and Sinner Conference.Here is the audio.Here is the video presentation. … [Read more...]