September 10, 2020

Historically, some religions and governments have tried to compel people to hold a certain belief and to punish them if they did not. Cancel culture is a revival of that mindset. But such efforts are futile and counter-productive, causing people to hate the beliefs that are forced on them. Read more

September 9, 2020

Not only do theologians have doctrinal differences.  They also have differences about what doctrine even is.  This is why liberal theologians can sound orthodox without being so and why ecumenical dialogues can find agreement where none exists. Read more

September 8, 2020

That so many Americans are planning to vote by mail due to their fears of COVID-19 at the polling site may result in an unprecedented debacle come election day. Not because of fraud or the beleaguered Post Office, but because of post-election day deadlines and the fact that two-thirds of Trump supporters will vote in person while half of Biden supporters will vote by mail. Read more

September 7, 2020

In our efforts to Christianize “Labor Day” by turning it into a feast day celebrating the Doctrine of Vocation, I would like to offer you some recent reflections on why vocation is so important, how it can solve so many of the problems Christians are currently struggling with, and how it has the potential to revitalize contemporary Christianity. Read more

September 4, 2020

The doctrine of the atonement–that on the cross Christ bore our sins and endured the punishment that we deserve–is being minimized or even rejected, not just by theological liberals, but by some theologians who purport to be evangelicals, conservatives, or even Lutherans, even some who claim to be “radical Lutherans.” A book by Jack Kilcrease shows why they are wrong. Read more

September 3, 2020

The Reformation looked to Eastern Orthodoxy for examples of churches that existed without a Pope, had married clergy, no indulgences from Purgatory, did not worship in Latin, and had vernacular Bibles. Luther was especially interested in the church of Ethiopia, mentioning it 85 times in his writings. Luther was visited by the Ethiopian cleric Michael the Deacon, and the two found substantial agreement. Read more

September 2, 2020

Lou Holtz accused Joe Biden of being “Catholic in Name Only” for his support of abortion. What does “in name only” mean? How can someone claim a religious identity while rejecting what that religion believes? Read more

September 1, 2020

After Sister Dede Byrne and Vice-President Mike Pence accused Joe Biden of believing in abortion until the moment of birth, fact-checkers denied that. Why? Because post-viability abortions are so rare. Never mind that Biden is not in favor of limiting them. And that there are more abortions of viable infants than there are deaths due to guns. Read more

August 31, 2020

Experts have found that there are six phases of disaster, describing how individuals and communities respond to a disaster, such as a hurricane, tornado, or other natural or manmade catastrophe.  We can apply them to the disaster that is the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

August 28, 2020

Granted that unjust police violence is a terrible thing, how does it advance the cause of Jacob Blake to commit violence against people who had nothing to do with his mistreatment?  Granted that Black Lives Matter, why should people supposedly committed to that cause–many of them white–loot black-owned businesses and set fire to black people’s neighborhoods? Some reflections on power, authority, and lawlessness. Read more

Browse Our Archives