April 16, 2020

According to a book entitled “Is Europe Christian?” the secularism of contemporary Western culture comes from having replaced Christianity with “the religion of desire.” Read more

April 15, 2020

Scholars have identified a creedal testimony to the atoning death and resurrection of Jesus that is dated within five years, possibly just months, after it happened. Read more

April 14, 2020

A convert to Lutheranism describes her appreciation for the “theological craftsmanship” of Lutheran liturgical worship. Read more

April 13, 2020

The coronavirus restrictions on corporate worship may be necessary to fight the coronavirus epidemic, but they still raise theological issues and religious liberty questions. Read more

April 10, 2020

Just as today’s Christians can’t go to church and receive the sacraments, God’s people during the Babylonian exile had to live without the Temple and without the sacrifices. What that means for Good Friday and Easter. Read more

April 9, 2020

If we can’t celebrate Maundy Thursday with the Sacrament, we can celebrate it with Christ’s mandate for Christians to love one another and with prayer. Readers of this blog have contributed two classic prayers–one by C. F. W. Walther–in times of epidemics. And alerted us to a remarkable collection of prayers drawn from the rich heritage of Lutheran spirituality. Read more

April 8, 2020

The CARES Act, the government plan to bailout virtually everyone hurt economically by the coronavirus epidemic, also includes churches. How it works and how to apply. But should churches take the money? Read more

April 7, 2020

In an effort to stop the coronavirus epidemic, the government pushed “pause” on much of the American economy, then put up $2.2 trillion to sustain American workers and businesses until it can hit “play” again.  Will this attempt to bail out virtually every American work, or will it have have unintended consequences for our economic and political systems? Read more

April 6, 2020

Capt. Brett Crozier lost his command of the USS Theodore Roosevelt for asking his superiors to help save his crew from the epidemic and then leaking his request to the press. Col. Teddy Roosevelt of the Rough Riders, for whom the ship was named, did exactly the same thing! Read more

April 3, 2020

As the days of coronavirus quarantine turn into weeks and the prospect of months, we are getting stir crazy.  I have come across several references to Blaise Pascal’s observation about the human inability to sit in a quiet room alone. Here is what he meant by that. Read more

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