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Luther on Faith and Works

Lutherans are often accused from without of being antinomian, in the pejorative sense, and teaching (formally or at least in practice) that God establishes no moral norms on the Christian believer.  This unfortunate reality is nothing more than the result of poor doctrinal instruction mingled with our uncanny sinful ability to . . .

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February 04, 2009

More Luther on Youth Ministry

Martin Luther's ideas shook up the mid-sixteenth century Roman Catholic Church, and they continue to shake up the Christian world today.  That said, no one that I know of looks to Luther often for progressive ideas about youth and children's ministry, which is a mistake.  For those who aren't familiar with Luther's . . .

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January 30, 2009

Space Shuttle Challenger--January 28, 1986

It was twenty-three years ago today that the United States space program suffered the first in-flight loss of one of our crews when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded one minute and thirteen seconds after liftoff.  I will never forget my mother making a special trip to school and finding me in the lunch line at Emerson Elementary to . . .

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January 28, 2009

More Thoughts on Vocation

As I've written about before hereand here, one of the great contributions of the Lutheran wing of the Reformation to Christian theology was the emphasis on vocation and the normalcy of the "ordinary" Christian life.  While Luther wrote on this quite a bit, the emphasis on the theology of vocation did not die within Lutheran . . .

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January 27, 2009

John Chrysostom Day

John Chrysostom was a presbyter and preacher in the fourth-century church at Antioch.  He eventually was made patriarch of Constantinople and was a revered preacher and teacher of God's word.  His sermons are famously Christ-centered and wonderfully direct.  These words today come from a homily on First Timothy:

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January 27, 2009


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Rev. Lowery...My Final Thoughts

Several people have replied to my earlier post on this blog and made statements elsewhere on the web in defense of Rev. Lowery's benediction during the inauguration.  In short, the response has been that his words should not be interpreted as racist remarks.  The rationale for dismissing his statements as not racist are . . .

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January 24, 2009