When I worked at a camp there were a few instances where I got various versions of the question, “how do we know that the Muslims aren’t right?” It’s an interesting question that I think requires us to think about the differences between the fundamental claims of various religions. In our culture, which often seeks … Continue reading Mormonism, Islam, and Christianity: One of These Things is Not Like the Other
A Tale of Two Churches Imagine you visit two different churches. The first church has an old wooden sign with “LUTHERAN” in big old letters. As you walk to the front door you pass by the cornerstone which has the establishment date engraved into it. It’s been weathered down over the years so it’s hard … Continue reading Beware of Orthodoxy Signaling
Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John (although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples), he left Judea and departed again for Galilee. And he had to pass through Samaria. So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to … Continue reading Finding True Satisfaction: A Devotion on John 4
Amidst all of the celebration, amidst all of the talk of Luther’s “discovery” of the Gospel, amidst all of the rousing renditions of “A Mighty Fortress,” I believe we’ve missed part of the story. Usually the story goes something like this: back in the day the “Catholic” church had stopped listening to the Bible. People … Continue reading The Tragedy of the Reformation
While the missionary spirit is central to the Christian church, I am often concerned that the way we talk about mission and evangelism can be harmful and counterproductive. This article is kind of a shotgun approach to a lot of problems I’ve seen. Hopefully, in identifying why some of these ways of talking are problematic, … Continue reading Eight Bad Ways We Talk About Mission & Evangelism
Those of us from a tradition in the magisterial reformation (i.e. Lutheranism, the Reformed, and to a certain extent Anglicanism) have the privilege of having confessional documents that define what we believe, teach, and confess. These documents arose out of various historical situations during the Reformation when Christians from these traditions needed to make it … Continue reading What’s the Point of the Confessions?
It’s not uncommon for people who are new to Christianity to be bewildered and overwhelmed by the countless denominations and churches out there. Furthermore, to many outside the faith the existence of so many conflicting groups seems to throw into doubt Christianity as a whole. After all, no sensible God would allow this kind of … Continue reading What’s Up With All These Denominations?
When comforting someone who is single, it’s not uncommon for people to say something like, “Oh, I’m sure God has someone picked out just for you.” It’s well-intentioned, and I guess there’s a sense in which it might be true, but if the article title didn’t give it away for you, I think this idea … Continue reading God Does Not Have Someone Picked Out For You
The following is a book review of When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor… and Yourself by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert Conservative Christians are often (and perhaps rightly) accused of being hypocritical when it comes to their attitudes toward the poor. After all, the scriptures are not silent about how … Continue reading When Helping Hurts: A Book Review
If you'd like to see other articles in this series click here This is a bit longer and more technical than normal. Be forewarned. As you probably already know, the Bible was written in Greek and Hebrew (and a little bit of Aramaic). But you probably need to read them in a translation. And for … Continue reading How NOT to Read the Bible Part 5: In English (Or at Least Be Careful)