Q&A March 2017

On today’s program, I addressed a bunch of listener questions on a multitude of topics. Among these were: the theology of St. Augustine, the distinction between law and gospel, fellowship between Lutherans and Anglicans, and a rant about how obnoxious the anti-Lent facebook posts are. Here is the program. Read more

Hollywood Moral Awareness vs. Christian “Ash Wednesday” Moral Awareness

Post by Nathan Rinne “The folly of a man perverts his ways, and in his heart he holds God to blame” –Prov. 19:3 As Albert Mohler reports in a hard-hitting Briefing today, prior to the Oscars last Sunday night the Hollywood Reporter published an article titled “Oscar Winner John Irving Urges Hollywood to Get Political With ‘Outright Bias'”. In the article, Irving, echoing the 1960s philosopher Herbert Marcuse, pushes for his “artist community,”  to be “intolerant of intolerance”. “In our… Read more

Augsburg Confession Article III On the Son of God

On today’s program, I continued my discussion of the Augsburg Confession with Articles III, “Of the Son of God.” I discussed Christological heresies, the two natures of Christ, the catholicity of the Lutheran reformation, and the connection between Christology and soteriology. Here is the program Read more

Original Sin and Free Will (AC II)

On today’s program, I continued our discussion of the Augsburg Confession with Article II on the topic of original sin. I also discussed the nature of free will in connection to original sin. Here is the program Read more

Want to Save Free Speech? Listen to Rod Dreher, Jordan Cooper, Issues ETC., etc…

Post by Nathan Rinne Popular 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… Read more

The Formula of Concord

On today’s program, I continued my walk through the Lutheran Confessions. I discussed the Formula of Concord including both the Epitome and Solid Declaration. I discussed the history and major teachings of these documents. Here is the program Read more

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

Post by Nathan Rinne Neil 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, rightly argues that “[originalism]… 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 Rinne It 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… Read more

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