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November 01, 2018
From Confusion to Clarity about Christianity
Have you noticed when talking to non-Christians that often what they object to is...
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 17, 2018
The Unattainable Perfectionism of Millennials
The young adults of the Millennial generation are showing a higher rate of mental problems...
August 29, 2018
The Two Natures of Christ in the Nicene Creed
Our Pastor (and son-in-law), Rev. Ned Moerbe, preached a sermon that taught me some things...
July 31, 2018
What about “Sheep-Stealing”?
Our recent post about proselytizing has gotten me thinking about "sheep-stealing." One kind of proselytizing...
July 30, 2018
In Defense of Proselytizing
Fellow Patheos blogger Mark Driscoll has written a long and thoughtful post on the teaching...
July 25, 2018
Confession and Absolution
The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod has just issued a major study of the doctrine and...
June 18, 2018
Is the Atonement “Cosmic Child Abuse”?
I first heard the phrase from a radical feminist: If God punished His Son for...
June 15, 2018
The Lord’s Supper as God’s Work
Most discussions of the Lord's Supper among Christians of different theologies focus on the question...
June 14, 2018
The Christian’s Identity
In this era of "identity politics," we would do well to read what the Bible...
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 22, 2018
“The Evangelical Church” as the “Catholic Church Purged of Certain Heresies & Abuses”
I quite randomly stumbled upon this quotation from Lutheran theologian Hermann Sasse*, the anti-Nazi activist...
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...
May 02, 2018
Dropping Our Sin Down the Black Hole of Jesus’ Death
I just got back from Concordia University Chicago (formerly known as Concordia River Forest). The...
April 30, 2018
Give the Word “Evangelical” Back to the Lutherans!
Many evangelicals are giving up the term "evangelical." They are embarrassed by their movement's...
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 12, 2018
“Beyond Anything I’ve Seen Before from Modern Lutheran Writers”: A Review of Our New Book
I hate promoting myself, but I have to share with you this review of my...
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 06, 2018
A Close Reading of Leonardo’s “The Last Supper”
One of the most famous religious paintings is Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper" (1495-1498). ...
April 03, 2018
Ignorance about Christianity
It isn't just that so many people today don't believe in Christianity. Often, they don't...
April 02, 2018
Good Advice vs. Good News
The essence of Christianity is not good advice, but good news. And there is a...
April 01, 2018
Christ Is Risen!
I love this painting of the Resurrection by Lucas Cranach the Younger (the son...
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 28, 2018
Excruciating: The Ironies of Holy Week
We had our Tenebrae service on Tuesday, here in Australia, and the Scripture readings struck...
March 26, 2018
When Christ’s Work Comes Together “For Us”
Our new granddaughter, Hannah Grace Hensley, was baptized on Palm Sunday. Now comes Holy Week. ...
March 21, 2018
“Only Let Me Get to Jesus Christ!”
In his sermon last Sunday, here in Australia, Pastor Pfeiffer quoted some fascinating words from...
March 09, 2018
Cleansing the Temples
The Gospel reading for last Sunday was about Jesus cleansing the Temple. The sermon we...
March 06, 2018
Extremely Early Testimonies to the Deity of Christ
The conventional wisdom among liberal theologians and higher critics of the Bible is that the...
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