Despite the fact that many would say that people in our society don’t believe in any kind of morality, if you listen to what our broader society has to say, especially on issues of sexuality, then it becomes apparent that our contemporary society is fiercely ethical. It’s just that the ethical discussion has shifted away … Continue reading Consent is Not Enough
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
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
I know I like to talk a lot about singleness in the church and joke around about how 1 Corinthians 7 is my life verse. Depending on how well I know you, I may or may not have even jokingly attempted to talk you out of getting married. But despite all that I want to say, … Continue reading An Open Letter to All My Friends Getting Married
My church body is generally pretty quiet about political issues. We often roll our eyes as we watch the evangelicals running around trying to protect our "Christian nation“ or the liberal mainline Christians marching in support of whatever the latest social issue is. We tend to content ourselves with preaching “nothing but Christ crucified.” That’s … Continue reading Racism is False Doctrine