The summer is always a great time to get some extra reading done, preferably outside with a Lutheran beverage in hand. So here are some of my suggestions of books that I’ve read in the past year. Some are theological; some are not, but they’re all worth your time. Memoirs I don’t know why, but … Continue reading Hipster Lutheran’s Second Annual Summer Reading List
I want to begin by asking what may seem like a dumb question: Why did Jesus need to rise from the dead? Why was the resurrection necessary? Obviously it is necessary, after all Paul says as much in 1 Corinthians when he says, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are … Continue reading Why the Resurrection?
When we think of “love,” we tend to think primarily of romantic love. For example, if I were to do an image search for “love,” I’d get a lot of pictures of couples, pictures of couples holding hands, engagement pictures, wedding pictures etc., maybe even some babies thrown in the mix. However, when the scriptures … Continue reading Perfect Love
As someone who reads the bible regularly I have no problem saying that there are totally boring parts of the bible. There are parts that I am not ashamed to skim over when reading, because they’re a bit of a snooze fest. However, I think that people are often wrong about which parts are the … Continue reading Why I Love Reading Leviticus
If you'd like to see the other articles in this series click here It’s incredibly common to find people proof texting to make their arguments. And of course many of us know that proof texting is supposed to be bad, but the tricky part is defining proof texting. It seems to be one of those … Continue reading How NOT to Read the Bible Part 6: Proof Texting
I’ve decided to make my anonymous account no longer anonymous. And so I want to explain a little bit about who I am, why I’ve been anonymous, and why I’ve made this decision. I initially started this account about two and a half years ago, May of 2016, I believe. I had recently gotten into … Continue reading Hipster Lutheran Unmasking
Our own culture puts a strong premium on happiness as the highest good. And while the idea that the goal of life is the pursuit of happiness may seem obvious to many of us, this hasn’t been the assumption of all people historically, and I would argue was not the assumption of the writers of … Continue reading God Doesn’t Want You to be Happy
In part one of this series we looked at what an overarching narrative is and how they function. These big narratives help us to answer basic questions like “Who am I?” “What is my purpose?” and “Where is all this going?” It’s not really possible to go through life without a narrative, but more often … Continue reading The Christian Narrative Part 2: Not What You Think
Almost all religions and philosophical systems have embedded within them an overarching narrative that provides the framework for how one answers questions like, “Who am I?” “What’s my purpose?” and “Where is all this going?” The structure and shape of this narrative is essential for answering these questions. Thus, if you change the narrative, you … Continue reading The Christian Narrative Part 1: What’s a Narrative and Why Does It Matter?
Go to a Christian bookstore and take a look at their selection of study bibles and many if not most will tout their notes that help you to “apply the Bible to your life.” Some will even go as far as to call themselves Life Application Study Bibles, or something like this. As another example … Continue reading Why You Shouldn’t Apply the Bible to Your Life