On Nostalgia

Lutherans are ordinarily not a triumphalistic people, unless we’re at an event with the word “district” or “synod” in the title, so when…

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Idiotic Theology

In Greek the word ἰδιώτης (idiotes) is used to refer to that which belongs to one’s own self. The English word idiom is…

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On Namecalling

Part of the art of rhetoric is knowing what one can defensibly and logically say and knowing what one ought to say. Rev. Joshua…

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Bible History — 1947

This, friends, is how the Synod used to teach Bible history, circa 1927. Unashamed to make the good confession — we could learn…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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