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November 13, 2018
Where the Action Is in Ministry
As I keep harping on in this blog, the white working class in rural small...
October 31, 2018
Reformation Then and Now
The Church is discredited: plagued by corruption, including sex scandals. Trusting human leaders whose failures...
May 02, 2018
Dropping Our Sin Down the Black Hole of Jesus’ Death
I just got back from Concordia University Chicago (formerly known as Concordia River Forest). The...
April 30, 2018
Give the Word “Evangelical” Back to the Lutherans!
Many evangelicals are giving up the term "evangelical." They are embarrassed by their movement's...
April 02, 2018
Good Advice vs. Good News
The essence of Christianity is not good advice, but good news. And there is a...
March 26, 2018
When Christ’s Work Comes Together “For Us”
Our new granddaughter, Hannah Grace Hensley, was baptized on Palm Sunday. Now comes Holy Week. ...
December 18, 2017
Comfort, Comfort My People
One of the greatest texts for Advent is Isaiah 40. It reminds us that Advent is...
September 14, 2017
Tetzel on 7 Years in Purgatory for Every Sin
I came across a sermon from Johann Tetzel, the indulgence peddler who provoked Luther's 95...
September 12, 2017
The Problem Isn’t “Too Much Gospel”
Some churches that seem to go easy on moral issues are accused of preaching "too...
July 25, 2017
The social gospel
The "social gospel" is the teaching that the purpose of Christianity is to work for...
September 28, 2016
Don’t give them the Gospel?
We often assume that if we could only find the right way to reach those...
August 08, 2016
Clinton’s social gospel vs. Trump’s prosperity gospel
Bobby Ross brings together some religious reporting on both candidates and gives us one of...
May 26, 2016
“I am a nasty man with no heart”
When Russell Moore criticized Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee retaliated, as he always...
November 30, 2015
He has come to you
The word "advent" derives from the past participle form of venire, the Latin word for...
September 02, 2015
Pope will allow priests to forgive abortion
Pope Francis will allow priests to forgive the sin of abortion during the upcoming Holy...
April 23, 2015
Beggars at the Temple gates
The reading for last Sunday at our church was about the lame beggar at the...
April 16, 2015
Evangelicals who believe in Purgatory
It has long struck me how many evangelicals--including some of the most anti-Catholic--actually hold to...
March 25, 2015
Drinking His cup, being baptized with His baptism
Our sermon for the beginning of Passiontide was Mark 10:32-45, the passage about James and...
October 24, 2014
Gradualism and the two senses of Grace
Roman Catholic theologian David Cloutier gives a lucid explanation of "gradualism," that take on moral...
August 06, 2014
You are the pearl of great price
Two Sundays ago, the sermon was on these parables from Matthew 13: 44 “The kingdom...
March 21, 2014
Fred Phelps of Westboro Baptist dies
Fred Phelps, founder of Westboro Baptist church in Topeka, Kansas, is dead. This congregation of...
March 21, 2014
Coming, calling, and promising
More from our pastor's sermon last Sunday on Christ's conversation with Nicodemus (John 3). From...
March 13, 2014
More from that Lenten sermon on the Temptation of Christ (Matthew 4:1-11). From Rev. James...
February 13, 2014
What’s whiter than snow?
Here in Northern Virginia we woke up to about 12 inches of it, and it...
December 25, 2013
Christmas giving and Christmas receiving
Merry Christmas, everyone! Consider that receiving gifts is a sign of the Gospel. And giving...
October 30, 2013
Justification by Faith Alone is Still the Issue
Back in the 1990s, I was asked to be on the council of the Alliance...
October 23, 2013
Pope Francis as evangelical?
In our continuing effort to try to figure out the new Pope of Rome--is he...
October 22, 2013
What Legalism & Licentiousness have in common
An objection being made to Tullian Tchividjian's op-ed piece in the Washington Post that we...
October 21, 2013
What’s missing in today’s churches
Tullian Tchividjian, Billy Graham's grandson and the pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, has published...
August 29, 2013
Evangelizing the Nazis
Chad Bird tells the story of Henry Gerecke, a pastor of the Lutheran Church Missouri...
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