The Mystery of Good Friday: Why is it Good that Jesus is Punished in Our Place?!

Post by Nathan RinneHundreds of years before Jesus lived, the prophet Isaiah said, in part (53rd chapter) …But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a l … [Read more...]

Five Lutheran Books that Every Christian Should Read

This is my most recent Youtube video.I am often asked about books that one should read in order to gain a better understanding of the Christian faith from a Lutheran perspective. In this video, I discuss five books that I frequently recommend. Along with these, I also recommend reading the Lutheran Confessions, which is the official doctrinal statement of the Lutheran church. These can be found on BookofConcord.org.Here is the video. … [Read more...]

No, the Earth is Not Flat

I really don't understand why the flat earth conspiracy theory has recently become so popular, but it has gotten more and more attention over the past year, especially as various B-list celebrities have come out in support of this idea. One of the most bizarre aspects of this movement is that there are some Christians (that tend to be of the Baptist dispensational variety) who argue that the idea of a flat earth is necessitated by the Biblical text. I have had a few people ask me how to respond … [Read more...]

Five Scriptural Proofs that Baptism Saves

One of the uniquenesses of Lutheran theology in the broader world of Protestantism is the conviction that Baptism is not a mere sign, but an instrument of salvation. I have recently recorded a video on this subject, which serves as a basic introduction to the Biblical teaching on baptism.Here is the video … [Read more...]

Five Problems with the Book of Mormon

Along with my podcast on the Book of Mormon, I have uploaded a Youtube video which gives a summary of five reasons why the Book of Mormon is unreliable.Here is the video. … [Read more...]

Problems with the Book of Mormon

On today's program, I spoke about problems with the Book of Mormon. I addressed the lack of historical evidence of any of its events, and discussed the fact that the Mormon texts do not speak like ancient documents, but as products of the nineteenth century.Here is the program … [Read more...]

The Christian and Nationalism: Examining Bonhoeffer’s Anti-Nazi “Bethel Confession”

 Post by Nathan RinneGod brings His Kingdom in Jesus Christ, so what is His attitude regarding earthly nations, or, “ethnos” (from where we get the word “ethnic”)?[i] Just what should the Christian think about a phenomenon that appears to be rapidly emerging once again: nationalism?This week, Albert Mohler devoted almost a whole show to stories related to the topic[ii], where he argued that in Europe there are “two forms of nationalism” – one healthy, concerned with matters o … [Read more...]

Five Reasons Why Babies Should be Baptized

I recorded a video for my Youtube channel which gives five brief reasons why infant baptism is a biblical practice.Check it out here! … [Read more...]

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...]