December 27, 2018

+++ Post by Nathan Rinne “Truly, you cannot read Scripture too much; and what you read, you cannot understand too well; and what you understand, you cannot teach too well; and what you can teach, you cannot live too well.” –Martin Luther +++ Getting ready to make some New Year’s resolutions for this year? Below are some thoughts to help you prioritize — thinking about the matter of growing in faith and abounding in good works… (see, e.g. 2 Cor…. Read more

December 19, 2018

On this week’s program, I continued the discussion I began last week on arguments for dualism and against physicalism. This show was a presentation of some of the most common arguments. Here is the program Also, you can watch a video I put together on the knowledge argument against physicalism here. Read more

December 14, 2018

This is the first program in a series in which I discuss the existence of the soul from a philosophical perspective. On this show I give an overview of some of the different perspectives in this debate and the absurd notion of eliminative materialism that some contemporary philosophers hold on to. Here is the program Read more

December 13, 2018

  Post by Nathan Rinne Part 1, 2, 3, 4… +++ Seeking Refuge from the Law’s Inherent Goodness in the “Hidden God”? (part 5) One might think that because of the nature of God’s law, given in Eden and still inscribed on human hearts today, Christ and the Holy Spirit should not ultimately be set against the law in any way. As we saw in our last post however, in the Radical Lutheran account the Holy Spirit is said to… Read more

November 30, 2018

Today’s program is a question and answer podcast about liturgy. I discuss Communion practices such as intinction, the difference between Lutheran and Anglican liturgies, the words of institution, and many other important issues. Check it out! Here is the program Read more

November 29, 2018

+++ Post by Nathan Rinne Is Radical Lutheranism the Answer? (Part 1) Note: Most of the series which follows will be found on my own blog theology like a child. I hope you’ll join me there for all the subsequent parts. You like Gerhard Forde? You want to embrace the “Radical Lutheran” label? I think I get it. Really, I do. At one point in my life, I also thought that Gerhard Forde was a terrific theologian — perhaps just… Read more

November 15, 2018

On a recent Q&A podcast that I hosted, I was asked about my opinion on discernment ministries. I discussed what I think are some of the major issues with those groups. This video is a short discussion from that program on the topic. View it here. Read more

November 15, 2018

+++ Post by Nathan Rinne Okay, this post really isn’t about the Duggars, but they are a good hook I think! It, is, however, about the search for female modesty, a topic the Duggars are familiar with. What is modesty? One definition is behavior, manner, or appearance intended to avoid impropriety or indecency. To begin our journey, please consider this extended quotation from Leslie’s Vernick’s The Emotionally Destructive Marriage: Married couples need freedom to thrive. I do not mean the… Read more

November 14, 2018

Today’s podcast is a discussion of John Frame’s recently published article titled, “Two Models of Divine Transcendence: Pure Being vs. Divine Lordship.” This includes a discussion of classical philosophy, the current debates about Theistic Personalism, and other important topics related to both theology and philosophy. Here is the program. Read more

November 9, 2018

I just published an article in Conspectus: The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary titled, “The Use of Classical Greek Philosophy in Early Lutheranism.” Here is the abstract: This article is an examination of the use of classical philosophy in the Lutheran tradition from Martin Luther through Johann Gerhard. It focuses particularly on the essentialist philosophies of both Plato and Aristotle as used and modified in these Lutheran writers. The claim made in this article is that though critical… Read more

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