One of the easiest ways that I think we can go against the relaxation/entertainment obsession of our culture is by reading. In an age of smart phones and social media, we don’t read books as much as we used to. Many people find it hard to sit down and focus and read a book. Even … Continue reading Hipster Lutheran’s Summer Reading List
When I spent time serving as a camp counselor, I remember getting several versions of this question: how do we know that the text of our Bibles are right? And it’s a sensible question. After all, we’re talking about writings that were written thousands and thousands of years ago in ancient languages. How could we … Continue reading How Do We Know the Text of Our Bibles is Right?
You turn on the news and you find out that there’s been another horrific school shooting or a natural disaster across the country. The next story is about a deadly attack by some militant group you hadn’t heard of until just now in a city all the way across the world that you didn’t know … Continue reading The Upside-Down-Topsy-Turvy Kingdom of God
It’s not uncommon to hear people make direct comparisons between the church and the business world. Many will look at the practices and trends of the business world and try to adapt those lessons for use in the church. Some will even go so far as to say that the church is, for all intents … Continue reading The Church is Not a Business
In many of St. Paul’s letter’s he talks about how Christ is the foundation upon which the church is built. In 1 Corinthians 3 he provides a very vivid image of how this plays out. He talks about how teachers and workers in the church are building on top of the foundation of Christ. The … Continue reading Sin
It’s not uncommon to hear Christians claim that other Christians are “denying the word of God.” This is a pretty serious accusation, so we should probably be careful about making this kind of claim. After all, it’s certainly possible to deny the word of God; people do it all the time. However, we mock God … Continue reading Denying the Word of God
I’ve had a few of N. T. Wright’s books sitting on my to-read shelf for a while and this is the first one that I’ve actually gotten around to reading. I have to say that I went into this book with fairly high expectations and this book more than exceeded those expectations. It’s been an … Continue reading Book Review: “Surprised by Hope”
At one point I was watching a recording of a debate between an atheist and a Christian on the resurrection of Jesus. The Christian debater had what seemed to me a very strange argument. It went something like this: First he tried to prove that the “supernatural” is a thing by pointing to documented cases … Continue reading There is No Supernatural
Even though people like myself will often talk (or complain) about how those of us in the church put great pressure on people to get married, it would be unfair to say that the church doesn’t ever talk about singleness positively. Nor is it true that singleness is never talked about as a legitimate option … Continue reading Singleness is Not a Spiritual Gift
I’ve often heard people say something like, “You know, it would be so much easier to believe what we hear about Jesus if we were there with him. I mean, surely if we got to hear his preaching and got to see his miracles and him casting out demons, surely then there would be no … Continue reading What’s Wrong with the Pharisees?