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October 31, 2018
Reformation Then and Now
The Church is discredited: plagued by corruption, including sex scandals. Trusting human leaders whose failures...
September 20, 2018
The Catholic Sex-Abuse Scandal Is Bigger Crisis Than the Reformation?
The priest sex-abuse scandal is the biggest crisis to hit the Roman Catholic church since...
August 31, 2018
Luther’s Two Kingdoms as the Opposite of Augustine’s City of God
Luther's theology of culture, his doctrine of the Two Kingdoms, is often associated with or...
July 23, 2018
When Poland Was Lutheran
Poland may be the world's most Catholic country. But at the time of the Reformation,...
June 26, 2018
An Example of a Christian Nation
Poland officially crowned Jesus Christ as its king. It also remains resolutely pro-life. Christian morality...
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...
May 29, 2018
Is Pope Francis Like Luther?
A number of observers are comparing Pope Francis to Martin Luther. Both are reformers of...
May 25, 2018
Will the New Critics of Liberal Democracy Turn Against Religious Liberty?
A number of conservative thinkers, in trying to address the political and cultural problems of...
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 09, 2018
How Religious Success Can Threaten Faith
Eric Voegelin (1901-1985) is a thinker I want to look into more, writing as...
April 30, 2018
Luther and Trump?
Did Martin Luther give us Donald Trump? Are Lutherans responsible for getting Trump elected? This...
March 08, 2018
Luther’s Musical Innovations
Christianity Today's online Christian History feature has a special section on Martin Luther this month. It...
February 27, 2018
Catholic, Lutheran, & Reformed Approaches to the Poor
I've been reading a ground-breaking new book in the field of the sociology of religion...
January 19, 2018
An Interview About Our New Book
The Concordia Publishing House blog has posted an interview with Rev. Trevor Sutton and me...
January 11, 2018
The Protestant Reformation & the Protestant Revolution
Yesterday's post on the Reformation of America, made me realize that the distinction between revolution...
January 10, 2018
The Reformation of America
A revolution approaches problems by overthrowing the old order and replacing it with something completely...
January 05, 2018
Luther on Epiphany and Vocation
Today is the 12th and last day of Christmas. (Happy drummers drumming day!) Tomorrow is...
December 21, 2017
Luther on Music, Art, & Aesthetic Pleasure
In my previous posts on Mark Mattes’s new book Martin Luther’s Theology of Beauty, we first...
December 15, 2017
Martin Luther’s Handwriting as Computer Font
How would you like to write like Martin Luther? That is, how would you like...
December 14, 2017
Mary, the Mother of God
Roman Catholics venerate Mary, the mother of Jesus, with many titles: Queen of Heaven (the notion that...
November 24, 2017
A New Cranach Painting Has Also Been Authenticated
Leonardo da Vinci is not the only Renaissance artist to have a new work added...
November 22, 2017
Luther’s Theology of Beauty
During this Reformation quincentenary anniversary, Martin Luther has been credited and blamed for all...
November 07, 2017
Imagine my surprise, when reading an article by Charles Chaput, the conservative Catholic Archbishop of Philadelphia,...
November 03, 2017
Luther’s Reformation of Beer
Not only did Martin Luther reform the church. He also reformed beer too. Specifically, the...
November 02, 2017
How Ethiopia Influenced the Reformation
As early as 1517, when the Reformation was just getting started, Martin Luther became interested...
October 31, 2017
The 95 Theses
What better way to mark the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation than to read Luther's 95...
October 31, 2017
Other Takes on the Reformation
The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation--which is today--has received an extraordinary amount of attention. As...
October 30, 2017
How Lutherans View the Reformation Differently
Luther didn't split the church. The pope did.
October 27, 2017
What the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation is NOT About
The 500th anniversary of Luther's posting of the 95 Theses is soon upon us (next...
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