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February 14, 2019
First the Catholics and Now the Baptists
The Roman Catholic Church has been shaken by revelations of rampant sexual abuse among its...
February 12, 2019
Pope Says God Wills the Diversity of Religions
At the Pope's recent visit to Abu Dhabi, he and the Muslim Grand Imam...
January 28, 2019
Trump’s Base: Evangelicals Who Don’t Go to Church
That evangelicals and other conservative Christians tend to be such big supporters of the non-evangelical,...
January 09, 2019
How Bach Expressed His Faith Via Instrumental Music
Bach wrote liturgical music and choir cantatas built around hymns and Biblical texts. But he...
January 04, 2019
“And the Son now is one with our blood forever”
The song we've been learning over the Christmas season by singing it every service is...
January 03, 2019
Luther and the Analogy of Being
I stumbled across an interesting account of a long-running debate between the Reformed neo-orthodox theologian...
January 02, 2019
The Holy Innocents & the Abortionists
I missed Holy Innocents Day on December 28, which commemorates King Herod's slaughter of the...
December 24, 2018
Christmas Eve, St. Nicholas, & the Two Natures of Christ
For Advent we have been thinking through the Nicene Creed, a product of the Council...
December 17, 2018
Advent, St. Nicholas, & the Humanity of Christ
Continuing our series that began with Advent, St. Nicholas, & the Deity of Christ, reflections...
December 05, 2018
The Babylonian Trick
The estimable Hans Fiene, the pastor behind Lutheran Satire, puts a name to a particular and...
December 04, 2018
Trying to be a Missionary Apart from Vocation
You have probably heard about John Chau, the 26-year-old who was dropped off at Sentinel...
November 30, 2018
Is it “Un-Christian” to Support Trump?
Conservative Christians, especially white evangelicals, are among President Trump's most loyal supporters. Which seems odd...
November 28, 2018
The Growing Need for Exorcisms
Following up with our recent post on exorcism, The Atlantic--which is far from being a Christian or...
November 26, 2018
The Christian Right’s New Cause
The Christian Right, having fulfilled their cause of getting conservative judges, have a new priority: ...
November 20, 2018
The Lutheran Approach to Exorcism
In my blog post A Lutheran Take on Exorcism and the Demonic, I discussed the work...
November 16, 2018
Applying the Two Kingdoms on Capitol Hill
At the Rural and Small Town Ministries conference I attended, I got to hear from...
November 14, 2018
The Widow and Her Bad Investment
One of the speakers at the Rural and Small Town Ministry conference I attended was...
November 13, 2018
Where the Action Is in Ministry
As I keep harping on in this blog, the white working class in rural small...
November 12, 2018
Veterans Day, History, & Baptisms
Yesterday, November 11, was Veterans Day, which is also being observed today. (Those of you...
November 09, 2018
Schism among the Orthodox
The Orthodox tradition seems to many Christians to be a haven from the woes of...
November 08, 2018
African Christianity & the Bible
The Church is growing so rapidly in Africa, Asia, and Latin America that by 2050...
November 02, 2018
Most “Nones” (& Lots of Christians) Believe in New Age Religion
The growing number of "Nones," those who profess no religion, makes many observers assume that...
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 31, 2018
Reformation Then and Now
The Church is discredited: plagued by corruption, including sex scandals. Trusting human leaders whose failures...
October 26, 2018
The Chapel of Contemporary Spirituality
When I was in Houston last week, my brother and I also visited the Rothko...
October 17, 2018
China’s Revision of Christianity
We have blogged about how still-communist China is seeking to co-opt and control the Christian...
October 16, 2018
The Hermeneutic of Harm
Some churches teach that gay marriage, abortion, and other violations of traditional morality are not...
October 12, 2018
Depression is enormously common. So are other mental travails. Christians who are going through the...
October 05, 2018
Lutheran Church of Australia Votes Down Women’s Ordination
The Lutheran Church of Australia at its triennial convention voted "no" on women's ordination. This...
September 28, 2018
The Continuing Protestant Legacy in Education
Martin Luther invented universal education--for boys and girls of all social classes--and he started institutions...
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