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?
Being theologically faithful is difficult. Yes, we want to be faithful to what the scriptures teach us, but so often either we disagree on how to understand the scriptures or the issues we’re dealing with are not quite directly addressed by the scriptures. But this does not mean that these are not important issues. So, … Continue reading The Difficulty of Faithfulness: Beyond Tribalism
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?
“Wherever two or three are gathered in my name, there also will be theological arguments.” Well, not quite what Jesus said, but true nonetheless. There’s nothing that believers seem to love to do more than fight with each other. It can be about points of doctrine, worship practices, or anything else. If it’s worth talking … Continue reading How Not to Have a Theological Argument