May 16, 2019

  +++ Post by Nathan Rinne (Note: my last post for a while. Summer break…) Man! I don’t mean that statement as praise of what we today call “human beings”. I mean that both in the sense of quiet exclamation and as a key topic of this post…. I’m talking about W. H. T. Dau’s Preface to C.F.W. Walther’s Proper Distinction Between Law and Gospel. Yes, it was written way back in 1928, but nevermind that… I was glad to… Read more

May 4, 2019

  Post by Nathan Rinne +++ Sermon follows. First, prefatory material to set the stage… C.F.W. Walther was a giant. He was the key founder of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LC-MS), and a man of incredible passion for God and His people. In his Pastoral Theology, which was the textbook for all the pastors trained in the Missouri Synod, he offered the following heartfelt plea: …all true Christians are of such a nature that one can accomplish all kinds of… Read more

April 24, 2019

This week’s podcast is a Q&A program. I answered the following questions: Who are the Nephilim? What is your view of Christians and secular entertainment? If you weren’t Lutheran, what church would you go to? Did Jesus found the Roman Catholic Church? Why is Lutheranism unknown? What is your view of the perpetual virginity of Mary? Here is the program! Read more

April 17, 2019

  Post by Nathan Rinne +++ You should definitely consider it. If you go to an LC-MS, WELS, or ELS Lutheran Church, for example*, you will quite likely be impressed with the service. The Good Friday service is one of the things these “confessional Lutherans” do best. Even if certain congregations from these church bodies, sadly, might not be riveted on the heart of the Christian faith each and every Sunday, chances are very good that on Good Friday they… Read more

April 2, 2019

Post by Nathan Rinne +++ The following is a bit long. In order to facilitate a quick read, I have put key elements in bold… In his most recent column, Pat Buchanan comments on Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s message to Pope Francis I and King Felipe VI of Spain demanding that they ask for forgiveness for Hernando Cortez’s conquering of Mexico 500 years ago. As one might imagine, the “paleoconservative” Buchanan is having none of it. After saying… Read more

March 27, 2019

On today’s program, I discuss the doctrine of justification by faith alone as taught in the Lutheran tradition and its relation to the teachings of the early church. I argue that there is some precedent for such a teaching in some of the earliest Christian writings. Along with this, I spent a long time talking about how to read and use the fathers honestly and fruitfully. Here is the program. Read more

March 21, 2019

  Posted by Nathan Rinne For my post this week, I want to give the floor to the Reverend Delwyn Campbell. His excellent article informs us of current Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod mission efforts in inner city communities. Enjoy! For those interested in more of the kind of history Pastor Campbell mentions below, see pages 17-21 in this LC-MS document (the document will download upon clicking that link), and also check pages 41-61 in the book United by Faith (2004). +++… Read more

March 20, 2019

This week’s program covers the controversy which has surrounded the Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel, and the recent 2019 Shepherd’s Conference Q&A. I try to navigate these extremely difficult issues by discussing particular areas of disagreement. I talk about the use of the term “social justice,” the question of corporate guilt, and the nature of racism both as a sociological term and as a sin in Scripture. Here is the program. Read more

March 5, 2019

  Post by Nathan Rinne +++ Did any kind of “separation of Church and State” exist for 16th-century Lutherans? Is there anything that we can or even should learn from them today? This post seeks to intelligently start the conversation… Undoubtedly, more and more these days, issues of church and state are on the minds of Christians. Fellow Patheos blogger D.G. Hart has an interesting column about the dust-up surrounding Jerry Falwell Jr.’s fairly recent comments, and writing in The… Read more

February 27, 2019

Today’s podcast is the second Q&A program this month. Since last week’s show was limited to two questions, I decided to do a second to address several other important topics. I addressed intersectionality, the loss of mystical language within Lutheranism, Melanchthon’s role in the Reformation, and other issues. Here is the program This is the video Read more

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