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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 15, 2018
Michelle Obama says that she can "never forgive" Donald Trump for spreading doubt about her...
November 08, 2018
African Christianity & the Bible
The Church is growing so rapidly in Africa, Asia, and Latin America that by 2050...
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 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...
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 25, 2018
The Middle Ages Were the Age of Reason; Ours Is the Age of Faith
I enjoy it when conventional wisdom gets turned upside down. A good example appeared in...
September 24, 2018
The Theology of Being “Pro-Choice”: Demanding the Attributes of God
God is a different kind of being than what we are. That should be obvious. ...
September 07, 2018
The Beliefs of Sexual-Abusive Priests
How could Catholic priests, leaders of a church with some of the highest standards of...
September 03, 2018
A Labor Day Meditation on Good Works, Vocation, & Our Neighbors
Happy Labor Day, a secular holiday which we here at the Cranach Institute are trying...
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...
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 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...
August 24, 2018
Lutheran Educational Resources, Reading Lists, & Free Stuff
Summer vacation is over! Back to School! Good old golden rule days! For some families,...
August 21, 2018
As an example of how the ongoing, wide-ranging Catholic sex scandal and its cover-up are...
August 17, 2018
Grand Jury Accuses 301 Priests of Child Sexual Abuse
A grand jury in Pittsburgh investigating just six Pennsylvania dioceses accused 301 Roman Catholic priests...
August 15, 2018
How Pervasive Is the Prosperity Gospel?
One of the most prominent heresies of contemporary Christianity is the prosperity gospel, which teaches...
August 14, 2018
The Implosion of the Church Growth Movement?
Willow Creek is imploding, due primarily to a #MeToo sex scandal involving its influential celebrity...
August 10, 2018
What Pastors Like, Think They’re Good At, & Find Frustrating,
Barna Research has conducted a major study of Protestant pastors and how they are doing...
August 03, 2018
The Human Face & the Face of God
Have you noticed in a bookstore how so many book covers today depict a character's...
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 27, 2018
The One Hour Bible
The Bible is a really good book, most people would agree, but who has...
July 26, 2018
Saint G. K. Chesterton?
G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936) was a truly great Christian author. He was a Christian apologist who...
July 25, 2018
Confession and Absolution
The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod has just issued a major study of the doctrine and...
July 20, 2018
Benevolence vs. Fundamentalism
We blogged about Dan Hitchens' article on politicians who parade their Catholic identity while also...
July 17, 2018
Embracing Religious Identity while Rejecting the Religion’s Teachings
Today politicians in the U.S. and Europe are proudly trumpeting their Catholic identity, even as they...
July 11, 2018
The Problem with Offering Multiple Worship Styles
Does your church offer multiple worship services, each with a different style? One traditional, one...
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