on dramatic conversions as the norm

One of my most negatively memorable times from seminary was when a well-respected professor questions the legitimacy of a student's faith because he could neither remember the exact date of…

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our yes to evil

With each one of us there is a Yes to the evil that can be held back by God’s grace alone. But God is mightier than all evil in…

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the 'problem' with theology

I have been a student of Christian theology my entire adult life.  I have tested the waters or swum in many diverse Christian traditions from Orthodoxy, Presbyterianism/Congregationalism, Lutheranism, and…

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The Beautiful Cross

The crucifixion, which ended with the triumphant cry, "It is finished" (Jn 19.30), was the offering of the all-sufficient sacrifice for the atonement of all sinners.  The Man on…

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Adoption and Baptism: A Real-Life Illustration

Last night, my son and I were enjoying our nightly ritual of reading books and bible stories before bedtime.  The bible story we were reading was the birth of Jesus--yes,…

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Walther on the Prosperity Gospel

Sadly, much of American Christianity is infatuated with the notion that, once I become a Christian, then God will order everything in my life such that I will be showered…

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Bonhoeffer on Church Growth

I'm no expert on the theology of the Church Growth Movement (or whatever clever moniker it goes by these days), but I can't help but be disappointed at the continual…

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The End Times?

So...are we in the end times?  What do you think? According to the testimony of the Word of God, the closer we come to the end of all things,…

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