October 11, 2018

Today’s podcast is a Q&A program that covered a large variety of topics. Among them were: discernment ministries, why I don’t like getting into the creation debate, the differences between the AALC and the LCMS, and many other important topics. Here is the program. Here is the video. Read more

October 5, 2018

  +++ Post by Nathan Rinne Note: Per usual, please note that I am representing only myself in this post and do not speak for Pastor Cooper. This post deals with the issue of domestic violence and domestic abuse (technically, these are different things), which I am also currently doing a series on here. (update: I’ve done a second post on this topic on this blog here). First of all, what is the “Duluth Model”? According to a definition found… Read more

October 3, 2018

On this program, I played a talk I delivered on the resurrection of Christ. This is the third part in a series of studies on various aspects of Christian apologetics. Future programs will feature the rest of this series. Here is the program. Read more

September 28, 2018

+++ Post by Nathan Rinne I attempt to give an answer to that question in my new paper, Paradise Regained: Placing Nicholas Hopman’s Lex Aeterna Back into Luther’s Frame, published in Concordia Theological Seminary’s (in Ft. Wayne, Indiana) Concordia Theological Quarterly. The paper is about 20 pages and can be found and downloaded for free here. If you are curious at all about this topic, I hope you will consider checking it out and seriously wrestling with the content of… Read more

September 21, 2018

I have been at work on a book based on a series of studies I lead with my congregation on the meaning and purpose of Christian liturgy. The description of the book is as follows: Liturgical worship is often viewed as nothing more than an outdated tradition, or a series of meaningless words and motions. The reality, however, is much different. The form of worship that is often described as liturgical, or traditional, has strong roots in both Scripture and… Read more

September 19, 2018

  +++ Post by Nathan Rinne Have you read the LC-MS document When Homes are Heartless yet? A few months ago I read it. It made me think. You might want to read it to. After I read it, I wrote up a post which dealt with some of my reactions to it, and posted it on a private online group for discussion. To say the least, this posting caused a bit of a firestorm, earning fierce responses from some… Read more

September 12, 2018

This program is a response to the recent Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel. I discuss some of the problems with the document as well as giving credit to what has been correctly identified within it. These conversations are extremely important, but must be handled with care and compassion. Here is the program. Read more

September 10, 2018

On today’s podcast, I played a lecture I delivered on the reliability of Scripture. This is the second part of an apologetics class I taught for adults in Watseka, IL during the VBS of Faith and Calvary Lutheran Churches. I gave an overview of New Testament manuscripts, and dispelled common misconceptions about the transmission of the text. Here is the program. Read more

September 5, 2018

Post by Nathan Rinne Prefatory material: Should pastors who fall into grave public sin continue in the ministry? This has lately become an increasingly talked-about topic. Most recently, people following the public debate on the issue could read dueling articles titled “Grace for the Disgraced: Showing Forgiving Mercy to Former Ministries” and “Real Sin. Real Forgiveness. Real Faith. Real Fruits of Repentance”. I highly recommend reading these articles side by side (here is Martin Luther’s view of the matter as… Read more

July 24, 2018

Today’s program is the fourth lecture in Dr. Joel Biermann’s series of talks given at the 2018 AALC National Convention. The topic is the two kinds of righteousness. Listen to the audio here. Watch the video here.  Read more

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