whence the Evangelical fascination with Israel?

Paul would have scratched his head over the current Evangelical fascination with the modern secular state of Israel and its supposedly Bible-mandated right to do what it pleases with Palestine and its inhabitants. This way of reading the Bible misses the whole point of the story; it robs the biblical…

a plea: more than thanks on Veteran's Day

To my fellow brothers and sisters in arms, both those who have gone before and those who are still serving: Thank you. Thank you from a grateful nation. Thank you from those who take your sacrifice for granted. Thank you from those who mistakenly spurn your service instead of the…

Luther on God's use of means

In our day, in the time of the New Testament, God has given us Baptism, the Sacrament of the Altar, and absolution to bring Christ very close to us, so that we can have Him not only in our heart but also on our tongue, so that we can feel…

the problem with Forde, Paulson, et al (link)

There is a fantastic post over at Ded Orthodox Zeppelin that should be mandatory reading for Lutherans (or our sympathizers) of any ilk. The discussion centers on man's participation in sanctification...can't you already hear the cries of "Pietist! Pietist!" before you even click the link?! Here's a summary of…

hey, Crossway, thanks for being awesome!

It's no secret that the HCSB is my favorite bible translation with respect to the its combination of translation equivalence with well-written English...with that in mind, however, I must admit to having a love affair with the ESV for over a decade now. It's not that I absolutely love…

moral trauma in today's combat operations

Many are quick to label (informally) or diagnose (formally) military members struggling with the aftereffects of their service as suffering from PTSD. As a result, one of the major emphases of commanders (and consequently chaplains) is on resiliency. Resiliency, commonly understood, is the individual's ability to 'bounce back' or 'spring…

prayer for Good Friday

And they crucified him... -- Mark 15.23a (ESV) Almighty and everlasting God, You willed that Your Son should bear for us the pains of the cross, that You might remove from us the power of the adversary:  Help us to remember and give thanks for our Lord's Passion that…

on the Lord's Supper

When you wish to go to the Lord's Supper listen to the words spoken, and be assured that they contain the whole treasure on which you are to stand and rely, for they are really spoken to you. My body is given, my blood is shed, Christ declares. Why? Just…

a calm and quiet Lent

O Lord, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my…

the most remarkable thing about Francis

The most remarkable thing about the Pope is that what he is doing should not be remarkable.  He is simply doing what Popes and Christians should do – care for the poor, critique inequity, interrupt injustice, surprise the world with grace, include the excluded and challenge the entitled. -- Shane Claiborne…