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November 08, 2018
African Christianity & the Bible
The Church is growing so rapidly in Africa, Asia, and Latin America that by 2050...
October 31, 2018
Reformation Then and Now
The Church is discredited: plagued by corruption, including sex scandals. Trusting human leaders whose failures...
October 16, 2018
The Hermeneutic of Harm
Some churches teach that gay marriage, abortion, and other violations of traditional morality are not...
October 02, 2018
Born Again & Born from Above
In the course of our excellent Bible study of Job--I never realized how evangelical, how...
September 13, 2018
The Double Fall
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your...
August 30, 2018
Australia Lutherans Debate Women’s Ordination
The Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA) is debating the ordination of women to the pastoral...
August 08, 2018
How Long Does It Take to Read the Bible?
My post about the One Hour Bible, an edition of highlights designed to be read...
August 07, 2018
Changing Church Teaching on Capital Punishment
Pope Francis has changed the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church on capital punishment. The...
July 27, 2018
The One Hour Bible
The Bible is a really good book, most people would agree, but who has...
June 20, 2018
“Bearing” the Name of the God Who “Takes” Our Sin
“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain" (Exodus 20:7). I've heard...
June 14, 2018
The Christian’s Identity
In this era of "identity politics," we would do well to read what the Bible...
June 14, 2018
Reading as Miracle
One of the superpowers most of us have but often take for granted is reading. ...
May 31, 2018
Communal Reading in the Ancient World & the Early Church
In the ancient world, people read out loud, even when they were by themselves. Thus,...
May 28, 2018
“The Anticipated Davidic Figure” in the Psalms
My son-in-law Adam Hensley, Old Testament Lecturer at Australian Lutheran College, has just published his book Covenant...
May 11, 2018
“Now He Is Very Near”: Luther on the Ascension
More on the Ascension of Christ. . . .I keep reading on evangelical sites that...
May 10, 2018
“The Assumption of the Humanity into God”
The resurrected Jesus was with His disciples for 40 days, and then He returned to...
April 25, 2018
Google Bans Concordia Publishing House Ads for Mentioning “Jesus” and the “Bible”
Google has banned remarketing ads from Concordia Publishing House, the publishing company of the Lutheran...
April 09, 2018
Not the Empty Tomb, but the Risen Christ
The true sign of the Resurrection is not the Empty Tomb, as we often say. ...
April 04, 2018
Bach and His Bible
Is Bach Lutheran? The question is like, "Is the Pope Catholic?" OK, there may now...
April 02, 2018
Good Advice vs. Good News
The essence of Christianity is not good advice, but good news. And there is a...
March 30, 2018
Our Power Struggle with God
I just got back from our Good Friday service. Here in Australia we're a day...
March 30, 2018
The First Image of Christ on the Cross: The Staurogram
Just as some liberal Bible scholars have claimed that belief in Christ's divinity "evolved" over...
March 14, 2018
Why The Protestant Bible Has Fewer Books than the Catholic Bible
If a Protestant Christians gets into a discussion with a Roman Catholic and brings up...
March 11, 2018
Our daughter here in Australia had her baby! In the photo you can see John,...
March 09, 2018
Cleansing the Temples
The Gospel reading for last Sunday was about Jesus cleansing the Temple. The sermon we...
February 12, 2018
Yesterday was the last and climactic Sunday of Epiphany, in which we contemplate the ultimate...
February 07, 2018
Coveting as the Root of the Other Sins
The Jewish scholar Leonard Greenspoon of Creighton University (a Catholic institution) explores the concept of "coveting" in...
February 02, 2018
The Movie About the Apostle Paul
Yesterday we blogged about the upcoming film The Passion of the Christ: Resurrection. But that won't be...
January 29, 2018
George Lindbeck has died at the age of 94. The Lutheran (ELCA) theologian and...
January 08, 2018
The Old Testament Tithe for Celebration
We are studying Deuteronomy in our Bible class at church, and, somewhat to my surprise,...
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