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February 14, 2019
Vocation, Technology, & Luther’s “Theology of Tools”
Rev. A. Trevor Sutton, the co-writer with me of Authentic Christianity: How Lutheran Theology...
February 11, 2019
“He Stands Before Us in Every Purpose”
Concordia Publishing House has a good blog going, with sections titled worship, read, study, teach,...
January 21, 2019
Martin Luther & Martin Luther King
On this Martin Luther King Day, it's worth reflecting on why his father changed his...
January 03, 2019
Luther and the Analogy of Being
I stumbled across an interesting account of a long-running debate between the Reformed neo-orthodox theologian...
November 12, 2018
Veterans Day, History, & Baptisms
Yesterday, November 11, was Veterans Day, which is also being observed today. (Those of you...
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...
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 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 08, 2018
God and the Different Kinds of Despair
There are all kinds of negative emotions. Not all of them are morally or spiritually...
May 01, 2018
Luther’s Political Teachings
In yesterday's post on Luther and Trump, we drew on the work of economist Lyman...
April 30, 2018
Luther and Trump?
Did Martin Luther give us Donald Trump? Are Lutherans responsible for getting Trump elected? This...
February 28, 2018
A Wolf, a Sheep, and Food that Digests Us
"A wolf in sheep's clothing" is someone who seems nice on the outside, like a...
February 07, 2018
Coveting as the Root of the Other Sins
The Jewish scholar Leonard Greenspoon of Creighton University (a Catholic institution) explores the concept of "coveting" in...
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 15, 2017
Martin Luther’s Handwriting as Computer Font
How would you like to write like Martin Luther? That is, how would you like...
November 29, 2017
Luther on Matter, the Senses, & Emotions
In our last post on Mark Mattes's new book Martin Luther's Theology of Beauty, we...
November 22, 2017
Luther’s Theology of Beauty
During this Reformation quincentenary anniversary, Martin Luther has been credited and blamed for all...
November 16, 2017
Which Doctrines Must Be “Reasonable”?
Which do you trust more, God’s Word or your own understanding? In whom do you...
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 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...
October 24, 2017
I was asked to write a guest post for the Tabletalk blog on "Why Luther?" Others, such...
October 16, 2017
How Luther Challenges Protestants
Martin Luther challenged and continues to challenge Roman Catholic theology in some profound ways. But...
September 26, 2017
Conservatives formally accuse Pope of heresy–including Lutheranism!
Sixty-two conservative Catholic theologians, priests, and academics have served Pope Francis with a formal document...
September 25, 2017
Wittenberg’s Reformation of Science
Martin Luther was not the only faculty member of the University of Wittenberg to spark...
September 18, 2017
A Reformation best-seller to read and give away
Luther's Small Catechism is a marvel of clarity, depth, and spiritual insight. Used for centuries to...
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...
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