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Pastor Hinton is associate pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas, having majored in poultry science, and of Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was ordained on Holy Trinity 2011. He has been married to Amanda for ten years, and has three daughters (Elizabeth, Anastasia, and Isabella). He grew up in the ELCA, and left in 2004 over issues of scriptural authority. It was because of a faithful Lutheran campus ministry that he was exposed to The Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod. Much of his ministry at Trinity involves the instruction of the 117 students at Trinity Lutheran School, which has been open since 1892 and now uses a classical model of instruction. He will be writing on situations around “Steadfast in School” and “Steadfast among Others”.

On the Dangers of Contextualization

October 30th, 2014 3 comments

In a generic sense, contextualization refers to considering the context, that is, the situation, environment, time, and culture in which an event takes place. Within the church, contextualization usually refers to the process of speaking God’s Word to a group of people in a way which considers and adapts to their context. A great example of comes from St. Jerome and Dr. Luther. Each saw that the Bible of his day was in a language that only few understood, so he produced a translation in the language of the people. In St. Jerome’s context, then, Latin was more appropriate than Greek   More…

A Review of “Teach These Things”

“Another catechism book!? Why can’t we just teach the Small Catechism?” This common — and legitimate — question arises with the publication of each new catechetical book. Many such books add lots of extra material apart from the Small Catechism, which has the effect (even if unintended) of diminishing the role of the catechism, and subtly teaches catechumens that the Small Catechism is insufficient on its own. Catechists like me understand that Luther’s Small Catechism is a resource so rich and beneficial that one could hardly improve upon it. And this is why “Teach These Things,” a catechesis recently self-published   More…

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On the Proper Use of Context

It’s no secret that context is a major buzzword these days. From marketers who will sell you demographic information about your town (information which, it should be noted, could just as easily be gotten by going to the grocery store) to pastoral ministry gurus who couch all their advice in context language, it’s practically inescapable. So what does the word mean? How is it wrongly used? Is there a right way to use a knowledge of one’s context? Context, in terms of the church, usually has to do with one’s surrounding people, culture, and geography. In Cheyenne, Wyoming, for example,   More…

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A Motto for the Class of 2014

To the recently called men of the two seminaries of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod: Welcome to the brotherhood of the Holy Ministry. Well, you haven’t graduated yet, you haven’t been ordained yet, you haven’t been installed yet, and you probably haven’t even been to your new parish yet, but welcome anyway. You are, or will soon be anyway, a brother in the ministry along with thousands of other men across the country who, like you, have been called to serve your Lord in His work of calling sinners to repentance and bringing them to Himself by the Gospel. It   More…

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What is a Baby?

In the course of discussing the ethics of abortion, there’s a question I’ve found to be helpful in framing the Christian viewpoint, and it’s simply this: What is a baby? Of course, we all know a baby is a young human being, but there seem to be, broadly speaking, two ways to answer this question: 1. A baby is a breather of air, drinker of water, producer of waste, consumer of energy, and competitor for resources, one more on a planet of billions of other breathers, drinkers, producers, consumers, and competitors. 2. A baby is a unique creation, a fully-human being,   More…

What Is Truth? – An Evangelism Conference Unlike Any Other

January 24th, 2014 9 comments

We all recognize the question asked by Pontius Pilate in John 18:38, (my Latin students ought to recognize the question as Quid est veritas?) “What is truth?”. Observers of Western culture might note a shift in how the teachings of the Church are being attacked by the world. Where once the Church was challenged on whether our distinctive truth claims, such as the virgin birth of Christ, His atoning death, His resurrection, His return again in judgment, etc., are in fact true. Now, many attack the Church as arrogant, ignorant, or elitist for claiming that we have the truth, that   More…

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What’s Good for the Goose…

December 22nd, 2013 2 comments

Last week, I had to do one of the most humiliating things a pastor has to do. At least I found it that way. After months of reminding parishioners to let us know whenever the church needs to pray for them or for someone close to them — I had to add my name to the congregation’s prayer list. It was for a minor surgery that would cause me to miss the Divine Service one weekend and a couple of days thereafter; the Lord provided skilled physicians and everything went flawlessly. But talk about humbling! Part of my God-given job   More…

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Our Language is a Confession

“One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter,” goes the well-known cliche, first written by Gerald Seymour in 1975 in his book Harry’s Game. Journalists who take their trade seriously know this well: descriptive words reveal what the speaker thinks of what he’s describing. The saying above illustrates this: The one who describes the person in question as a “terrorist” obviously does not agree in the justice of his perceived cause. The one who describes him as a “freedom fighter” likely does agree with the justice of the perceived cause. So in choosing one term over another, the speaker is   More…

Great Stuff — Out of the Marriage Game

Over at what looks to be his brand-new blog, “Lutheran Pastor Says”, Rev. Harrison Goodman writes that, “It’s time to get out of the marriage game. Let me clarify that. It’s time for the Church to get out of the State’s marriage game.” Rev. Goodman writes that although the church and state may define marriage in different terms, God’s will for man and woman is clear: The latest ruling is the freshest in memory. Is marriage between a man and a woman, or two consenting people? Today the Supreme Court made it clear that the State defines marriage differently than   More…

The History Channel’s The Bible Parts 5 & 6: The Absent God

It’s no exaggeration when I say I’ve been mulling over in my head for a great deal of time exactly how I was going to write this. There are so many ways in which this miniseries is just plain wrong that it was difficult to figure out which angle to take. When watching this latest installment of History’s series “The Bible”, I probably woke my sleeping daughters at least three or four times yelling at the TV. The easy and obvious tack is to pick apart each detail of Scripture that is incorrectly portrayed. There certainly are a lot of   More…

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Steadfast in Education: Why Lutheran Schools and Why Lutheran Teachers?

Why do we need Lutheran schools? Why do Lutheran schools need Lutheran teachers? Though these are simple questions, their answers get at the whole reason that the extensive system of Lutheran schools exists in the first place. Lutherans in North America have been school-builders from the beginning. In fact, the opportunity to establish schools apart from the purview of the State was at least as enticing to these first Lutheran immigrants from Europe as freedom from a state religion. But why? After all, schools are a lot of work. All the planning, budgeting, instruction, assessment, recordkeeping — operating a school   More…

Luther on Idolatry in the Appendix to the First Commandment

February 10th, 2013 5 comments

We all know the First Commandment, “You shall have no other gods” (or more literally, You shall have no other gods before My face). Although we don’t recite these words when listing the Commandments in the Small Catechism, Moses records what the Lord had to say about these words: “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous   More…

Letters to the Editor: A Tale of Two Synods

December 11th, 2012 142 comments

Subscribers to the magazine Lutheran Witness, the official magazine of the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod, are no doubt aware of recent improvements to that periodical. From clean and sharp graphics to new authors, Lutheran Witness has been putting out some high-quality material. The September 2012 edition, for example, gave a frank look at the “State of the Synod,” citing membership numbers and trends, the status of the synod’s financial position, education enrollment figures, and all sorts of other facts and figures that most members of LCMS congregations wouldn’t ordinarily know. And again to the credit both of Synod and   More…

Mormon Church Softens on Homosexuality

December 7th, 2012 70 comments

or, Divine Revelation Evidently Done by Internal Polling and Focus Groups The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints have launched a website and program to encourage LDS members to be compassionate when discussing homosexuality with homosexuals. From the website: This website is a collection of conversations; conversations with Church leaders, conversations with Church members who are attracted to people of the same sex, and conversations with the loved ones of gay spouses, children, or grandchildren who are dealing with the effects of same-sex attraction in their own lives. These conversations are not always   More…

A Reformation Sermon

October 29th, 2012 No comments

nota bene: This sermon was preached on October 28 for the High Plains circuit Reformation festival, at King of Glory Lutheran Church in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The sermon is based upon the gospel reading from St. Matthew, chapter 11. Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of   More…