A few weeks ago, after the events at Charlottesville, former United States President, Barack Obama, tweeted out the following: “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion.” It received more likes than any other tweet on Twitter at the time. Obviously his message … Continue reading We’re All Evil: But Not How You Might Think
Okay, so this is a bit different than normal, but bear with me. Play along if you’d like. Anyway. Set Up Let’s imagine an alternate history in which we have lost all sixty-six books of the Bible except for ten. Ten. That’s it. All the rest of the books have been somehow or another lost … Continue reading The Ten-Book Bible Challenge
Do you ever feel like a plastic bag? Drifting through the wind, wanting to start again? Do you ever feel so paper thin, like a house of cards one blow from caving in? Do you ever feel already buried deep? Six feet under, scream, but no one seems to hear a thing? I sure have. … Continue reading For Those Who Worry About the Future
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
(If you'd like to see the other articles in this series, click here.) Hermeneutics, the study of how to interpret the scriptures, is far more of an art than a science. Studying hermeneutics, which is what I have been doing in this series will not necessarily get you the right answers but it will at least get … Continue reading How NOT to Read the Bible Part 3: The Plain Reading
There is no more appropriate book for the season of Advent than Revelation. But why? Advent is preparation for Christmas, right? It’s the season of the church year where we prepare ourselves to remember the coming of the Christ-child, the coming of God into human flesh to bear our sins and be our savior. Revelation … Continue reading Advent and the Book of Revelation
(if you'd like to see the other articles in this series, click here.) Normally when I write, I prefer to use the term “the scriptures” rather than “the Bible.” Both are appropriate, but they emphasize different things. “Bible” comes from the Greek word that means “book.” “The scriptures” just means writings. To be sure, God’s written … Continue reading How NOT to Read the Bible Part 2: Book or Library?
If the son frees you, then you really will be free. John 8:36 There’s nothing that we Americans seem to hate more than our own government. And yet, it seems that so often we put so much of our trust and hope in it. Luther, in his Large Catechism, says that a god is anything … Continue reading Election Madness and the Idol of Freedom
In this series I will be exploring how to read and understand the bible by first looking at some of the ways that we do it poorly. Bad teaching is usually very subtle rather than obvious, so it’s helpful to identify clearly bad ways of doing things, so that you can better identify it when … Continue reading How NOT to Read the Bible Part 1: What’s it for?
Marriage might be scorned in mainstream culture, but thankfully in the church, marriage is usually highly valued. We recognize that marriage is a gift of God and so we encourage people, especially young people, to enter the vocation or calling of marriage. However, in our zeal to uphold God’s gift we forget that God doesn't call everyone … Continue reading Singleness and the Church