About Pastor Jordan McKinley

Rev. Jordan McKinley is the pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Vallonia, IN. He’s a 2012 graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN, and a 2006 graduate of Ball State University in Muncie, IN. He served his vicarage at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Pagosa Springs, CO, and served from June 2012 to August 2015 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bennett, IA, and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Stanwood, IA. He is the husband of one wife, Andrea, and the father of three (Naomi, Collin, and Theodore). Though he has a deep and abiding love of all things Star Trek, he will not likely be writing any theological treatises in Klingon.

‘Something you need to watch’: Evolutionists in Seminary Classrooms

Dr. David Menton, a speaker, writer, and researcher at Answers in Genesis, spoke at the 2015 Issues, Etc., “Making the Case Conference” on the topic of Creationism vs. Naturalism. He concluded his remarks by speaking of the way in which … Continue reading

Pentecost or Babel: A Plea for a Common Language in the Church

On a recent vacation, my family and I visited some of our pastor friends and their families in Michigan and Iowa. It was a wonderful time of refreshment. Even as we lamented the divisions in the Church around us, we … Continue reading

Star Trek at 50: An Aesop for Today?

Thursday, September 8th, 2016. To most, this day did not stand in distinction to any other day of 2016, a year filled with political, moral, and theological upheaval, but for me and millions of “Trekkies” around the world, that day was the 50th … Continue reading

The Death of a Pastor

“For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified” (I Corinthians 2:2). I have a cross in my office at the church I serve that is made of two very large nails. These nails were … Continue reading

Sir Patrick Hamilton, The First Lutheran Martyr in Scotland

Growing up, I had no idea that Lutheran was almost synonymous with German heritage (sorry, Preuses, et al.). The little country parish where I grew up was largely populated by my mom’s family, who were all Metcalfs. This is probably … Continue reading

Whose liturgy is it anyway?

I was reading in Rev. Eric Andersen’s article‘s comments section when I happened across a very enlightening comment from a BJS reader who said, “I know you will join my prayers that God will continue to work through each of … Continue reading

The Secular Case for Church Discipline

There’s an old saying—“You’ll catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” Sometimes, Christians employ this adage when it comes to exercising church discipline, whether it be on an individual basis or over an entire congregation. We’d rather try to … Continue reading

Mark and Avoid: Tarico Says God is “Rapey”

It’s that time of the year! Not just that time when pastors see some of their members finally darken the door of the Church for the Christmas Eve service, but it’s also that time of the year when the anti-Christian … Continue reading

Krampus: A Better Law/Gospel Paradigm Than Santa Claus

December 6th is the day the Church remembers and gives thanks to God for the life and confession of St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra. This is from Concordia Publishing House’s Treasury of Daily Prayer: “Of the many saints commemorated by … Continue reading

Mark and Avoid: Sandlin Says Jesus Isn’t God

The absolute worst place to discuss anything is the comments section on a website. Best construction: threads get too long to read (thus making it difficult to enter the discussion). Worst construction (although still true): comments sections have become the … Continue reading

The Eight-Letter, Four-Letter Word

When I was in seminary, I went to dinner with some family friends. The conversation eventually turned to what I was learning in school, and I went through my course schedule, which included one of the three dogmatics classes required … Continue reading

The Most Neglected Part of the Small Catechism

As is my custom, I was wasting time on Facebook one day, and I came across a post from a friend that posed this question: “What is the most neglected part of the Small Catechism?”  I thought about it for … Continue reading