Who was this John the Steadfast, anyway?

Kick off your Reformation celebration this year at the annual Reformation Lectures at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, MN, Thursday, October 27 to Friday, October 28, 2016.  This year’s topic is “The Cost of Confessing: Luther and the Three Princes.”  Hear what … Continue reading

Book Review of Stitched Crosses: Crusade

From the beginning of Genesis to the end of Revelation, God tells us a story, the true story of our sin and salvation in Jesus. Jesus himself was a story-teller in the imagery, metaphors, and parables he used to communicate … Continue reading

These Are Not Exceptional Times For The Two Kingdoms

This is a guest article written by Rev. Scott Adle, associate pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Collinsville, IL.   Over the last few decades (at least) Christians in America have lamented that the notion of a “separation of … Continue reading

The Christmas Gospel In Prophecy and Persecution

I came across a video  that brings home what the Bible says about the Advent of Christ: both His first and His second Advent. The text cited by the old man in the video is the Old Testament lesson for … Continue reading

Labor Day and Apologetics

As I was looking ahead on the calendar this morning for the upcoming Labor Day weekend, I found myself thinking about the doctrine of vocation. Granted, it’s a civil holiday. Nevertheless, it is one occasion where the secular realm calls … Continue reading

The Bible and The Walking Dead

I’d like to take a brief moment to write something positive about the entertainment industry. I know what you’re thinking, can anything good come from Hollywood? Believe me; I know. I live in Southern California. We know crazy (Britney Spears, … Continue reading

Sundays are for the Walking Dead

There are several reasons why I nerd out when it comes to AMC’s The Walking Dead. I’ve enjoyed reading the graphic novels and following the story threads woven between the books and television version. I’ve equally enjoyed the television series … Continue reading

Winter is Coming

I have always found it puzzling that we have been quick to remove pastors from office for immoral conduct but slow to rebuke false teaching in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Of course moral conduct is expected of pastors; as 1 Timothy 3:2 says, an overseer must … Continue reading

Suffering as the Key to Evangelism

Recently I was up at the hospital providing pastoral care to one of my members. As usual, I was wearing my clerical attire, and, as often happens, this gave me an opportunity to share the Gospel with someone I wouldn’t have … Continue reading

Lego Bricks and Apologetics: Imagination, Art, and Sub-Creation, Part 1

Part 1 Fantasy remains a human right: we make in our measure and in our derivative mode, because we are made: and not only made, but made in the image and likeness of a Maker. J.R.R. Tolkien, On Fairy Stories[1] … Continue reading

Climbing the High Dive

Every year in January my congregation holds a special assembly. We call this gathering our “Getting Organized” meeting. At the meeting this past year, I presented the results of an informal survey I conducted. Essentially, I called the local Methodist, … Continue reading

Even a Presbyterian “Smacks Down” the Likes of “Five-Two”

Once upon a time, in a time long, long ago, all the way back in 1987, Eugene Peterson, now retired Presbyterian pastor and professor, “smacks down” the likes of the “Five-Two” crowd, even before they were a glimmer in the … Continue reading

Good Storytellers Make Good Apologists

What makes a good apologist? We know some of the usual suspects. Eyewitnesses make good apologists. Matthew, John, Peter, and Paul, come to mind in the New Testament. These eyewitnesses—and hundreds more according to Paul—testify to the truth of the … Continue reading

Heaven in Nebraska: Reflections on the 2014 LCMS Institute on Liturgy, Preaching, and Church Music

  “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God and this is the gate of heaven.” Genesis 28:17   This July, several of Redeemer’s music staff and I attended the 2014 LCMS Institute on … Continue reading

Good Thing He Didn’t Debate with an Obstetrician

Don’t go by this post because I don’t know how or where to look on the internet for accurate information on such things.  But my take is that in the great debate between Hamm and cheesy Bill Nye the Science … Continue reading

C.S. Lewis and the Grand Miracle of Easter

Note: Although there certainly are many more, here are a few of my favorite quotations from the writings of C.S. Lewis that only add to the joy and supreme gladness of this day. On Miracles In the Christian story God … Continue reading

Tolkien and the Great Easter Eucatastrophe

Note: When J.R.R. Tolkien couldn’t find a word to express precisely what he was thinking, or trying to convey in his writing, he would simply invent a word. As he was a philologist, this is not difficult to imagine. So, … Continue reading

“For All the Young Dudes and Gals”: A Lenten Midweek Sermon on Youth

Note: For the sixth year in a row, Redeemer is participating in a Lenten midweek pulpit exchange with fellow LCMS churches in the Southern California area. Each previous year the midweek sermon series has covered each of the six chief … Continue reading

Christianity and Disney’s Frozen

With the recent theatrical re-release of Disney’s Frozen the sing-along version came a resurgence in exploration of the movie’s themes and possible connections to the Christian faith. Some of the producers working with the film have even acknowledged the presence … Continue reading

Is theistic evolution compatible with the Christian faith?

On February 4, Ken Ham, founder of creation science organization Answers in Genesis, debated famous scientist and children’s television host Bill Nye “the Science Guy” on the question “Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern, scientific era?” … Continue reading

Christian Apologetics and “The Hobbit”

The consolation of fairy-stories, the joy of the happy ending: or more correctly of the good catastrophe, the sudden joyous “turn” (for there is no true end to any fairy-tale): this joy, which is one of the things which fairy-stories … Continue reading

A Sermon in Defense of the Incarnation

Text: 1 John 1:1-4 In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit + Amen.  There’s an apocryphal story that Luther once told: Once upon a time the devil attended Mass in a … Continue reading

Diary of an Advent Father

Note: Every year the LWML at Redeemer, Huntington Beach asks me to attend their Advent by Candlelight tea. It’s always a joy to share the Advent and Christmas story with them. Please pay close attention to the disclaimer at the … Continue reading

Atheist Mega-Churches

“Now, I say that whatever you set your heart on and put your trust in is truly your god.” –       Martin Luther, Large Catechism, First Commandment “During the service, attendees stomped their feet, clapped their hands and cheered as Jones … Continue reading

Killing History: A Book Review of “Killing Jesus” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

Forget what you think you know about Bill O’Reilly. Forget about his right-leaning politics, his top-rated television show, and the millions of dollars he makes annually in books sales and entrepreneurial endeavors. And forget about his claim that God inspired … Continue reading