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The Problem with Edgy, Cool, and Hip Theology
Sean,
Very good.

Just because the Word of God is effective, doesn’t mean that we should be sloppy. Way back in the 50’s I knew a pastor who read his sermon without inflection. He said he did that so the word would not be influenced by his interpretation.

God uses people and methods to present His …
    Richard Lewer at Jul 25 2017 10:46 am

The Problem with Edgy, Cool, and Hip Theology
There wasn’t a whole lot of specific detail within the article of what one considers “edgy,” “cool,” or “hip” theology. Some of the article seemed to be pointing at actual theological subjects such as what practices constitute sin per the Bible vs. what is culturally acceptable. Certainly, any teaching that contradicts the Bible’s teaching on sin and repentance, justification, the nature and role of the trinity, etc., are off base. Our …
    Sean at Jul 24 2017 01:34 pm

The Problem with Edgy, Cool, and Hip Theology
Good article, though I would dare to add the following:

The biggest issue of churches being “edgy” is that it is, essentially, unbelief. The Bible says in no uncertain terms that the Word of God is effective (see Hebrews 4:12, Romans 10:17, and Isaiah 55:11 as examples of this). There are no promises that human beings cause belief or conversion, no matter how clever or innovative they might be. At best, to be “edgy” is to say “The Word of God …
    Joseph Gerth at Jul 24 2017 01:13 pm

Love, Homosexuality, and Christianity – Do Ask, Do Tell
@Robert #9

According to Jesus Christ, St. Paul and the Lutheran Confessions, chaste male/female “marriage” is the antidote to sexual desire, whatever the spot or stripe.

Interesting idea, which apparently doesn’t always work, as cheated wives have discovered! [I think “whatever the spot or stripe” is your own …
    helen at Jul 22 2017 09:20 pm

Gospel Notes for The Seventh Sunday after Trinity
Uber-Lutheran, with a dash of Sasse, Loehe, and sacerdotalism to …
    Steve at Jul 22 2017 11:48 am

Love, Homosexuality, and Christianity – Do Ask, Do Tell
@Robert #9

Bull crap. St Paul and Christ do say it is a gift to be celibate but neither says it is rare nor how it is give. That it is rare is one of the stupider comments to come out of the reformation and wasn’t really needed in the fight against enforced clergy …
    Mathew Andersen at Jul 22 2017 11:01 am

The Problem with Edgy, Cool, and Hip Theology
@Terri #4

Terri, it seems to me you are home. Welcome …
    Mark at Jul 22 2017 10:06 am

The Problem with Edgy, Cool, and Hip Theology
Thank you for the article and for the response posts as well.
I only recentlty rejected 40 yrs of American Christianity’s theology. It’s a daily struggle.
Returning to charismatic, mystical, pious , enthusiasm and the ‘happy optimistic christian’ who God “spoke to”,taunts my thoughts.
My evangelical friends would like to redirect my ‘detour’ to an LCMS congregation and have me return ‘home where I belong’.
But…I’ve heard the gospel …
    Terri at Jul 22 2017 01:48 am

Gospel Notes for The Seventh Sunday after Trinity
@Glenn Dowling #1

I believe the term you are looking for is …
    Rev. William Ringer at Jul 21 2017 07:54 pm

Love, Homosexuality, and Christianity – Do Ask, Do Tell
According to Jesus Christ, St. Paul and the Lutheran Confessions, “celibacy” is a rare, divine gift given only to a few.

It is not an antidote to unnatural sexual attraction.

According to Jesus Christ, St. Paul and the Lutheran Confessions, chaste male/female “marriage” is the antidote to sexual desire, whatever the spot or stripe.

The word “celibacy” needs to be used as Jesus Christ, St. Paul and the Lutheran Confessions use it, not as a …
    Robert at Jul 21 2017 05:56 pm

Gospel Notes for The Seventh Sunday after Trinity
@Glenn Dowling #1

BJS is a site authored by Lutherans as a teaching gift to the world. It follows the pattern of Lutherans reaching out to other Lutherans (Jerusalem), Christians (Judea and Samaria) and all people (the rest of the world). You may think this is for ultra-Lutherans, but you are wrong in that …
    Jason at Jul 21 2017 04:20 pm

Gospel Notes for The Seventh Sunday after Trinity
Would you say this site if for the …
    Glenn Dowling at Jul 21 2017 01:30 pm

Luther on the Crusades
@John J Flanagan #2

Amen. Nothing has changed, we are still at war, this never ending Crusade and we shall continue to fight against this evil with Christ as our …
    Dylan TD at Jul 21 2017 12:15 pm

A Tiny Error Overthrows the Whole Teaching
My friend, and hopefully my brother in Christ, if you are anyone thinks they hold the golden key; the only interpretation of scripture which gives them the right to withhold love from anyone, may God have mercy and enlighten your understanding. The love of Christ’s is unconditional. There are millions who’ve never heard of Drs. Luther or Phillips and their views regarding a proper understanding of the Lord’s supper.

You do well to study …
    Glenn Dowling at Jul 21 2017 12:31 am

The Problem with Edgy, Cool, and Hip Theology
I dunno…Rob Bell in skinny jeans sure seems to fit with “gross enthusiasm” to me. 😀

It all boils down to whether or not the Church engages the culture by conforming to cultural norms, or standing firm in the maelstrom in spite of them.

I happen to like heavy metal music…not merely the type that recalls the arena-rock of decades gone-by, but stuff that would quite possibly give those unfamiliar with the genres (and sub-genres) a …
    Wyldeirishman at Jul 21 2017 12:02 am

A Tiny Error Overthrows the Whole Teaching
@Glenn Dowling #1

Your initial objection to Dr. Phillips was that you were greatly concerned by the following statement:

“Our congregations and specific Lutheran organizations should not give even the appearance of associating with those who teach or promote false doctrine.”

Are you similarly concerned by Dr. Luther’s statement:
(i.e. the …
    Jesse at Jul 20 2017 09:03 pm

The Problem with Edgy, Cool, and Hip Theology
Great article. Very apropos. We avoid playing around the edgy part of the cliff because you might fall off. Fatherly, pastoral advice says “stay away.” It isn’t about being a self-promoting rockstar, but rather the theology. As pastors wear a collar or vestments in the Divine Service, our manner of teaching should engage but not become the main point, however tempting that can be. The messenger should decrease that Christ increases. …
    Rev. John A. Frahm at Jul 20 2017 02:48 pm

A Tiny Error Overthrows the Whole Teaching
In all fairness, the topic is about “tiny” errors. The doctrine of the Real Presence is by no means “tiny”; it is a mainstay of our faith.
Some time ago I started to go through the Lutheran Service Book systematically to read the texts of our hymns. Out of the first 100 or so, I discovered about 10% had words that I do not believe should be sung by believing Lutherans. In the process I also marked with an “X” those hymns which I …
    George A. Marquart at Jul 20 2017 10:31 am

A Tiny Error Overthrows the Whole Teaching
Glenn, our credentials are about the same. Achieving ecumenism is a pipedream. But because of the Scriptural mandate to maintain unity of spirit in the bond of peace, we should never stop trying to agree on doctrine. It’s a catch-22, really. The more one fights for the faith, the pure Gospel, the more he is maligned as a disturber of the peace. If one is not willing to fight, argue, contend for the faith, then doctrine will erode or morph …
    Mark at Jul 20 2017 08:27 am

The Problem with Edgy, Cool, and Hip Theology
“Ask yourself three questions. 1. Is it true? 2. Is it clear? 3. Is it …
    Franklin at Jul 20 2017 08:14 am

Who is your favorite pastor?
I think we all can agree that most people searching for a church home base their membership decision on whether a particular pastor connects with them. Are his sermons compelling and engaging? Does he have a good “bedside manner”? Does he have a good sense of humor? Is he popular? etc. These are all superficial to the question they really should be asking, “Is he faithful to his ordination vows, and is he apt to teach?” The sheep …
    Mark at Jul 20 2017 07:54 am

A Tiny Error Overthrows the Whole Teaching
Hello, Mark. As a born-again Christian, your comments, “our spirit cannot go together…” …and “Indeed, it is quite obvious that we do not have the same spirit,” seems extremely premature.

Searching the web on communion, I came upon the Steadfast Lutherans link and found it interesting. My comments were based on my understanding. I had no idea of the tensions Lutherans felt against Calvinist. I’ve never heard it coming from this …
    Glenn Dowling at Jul 19 2017 10:36 pm

Who is your favorite pastor?
We are too pastor-centric as in the sense of the personality of the pastor can overshadow the Word. Mention a congregation and the response is often ‘oh Pastor …
    RK at Jul 19 2017 07:19 pm

Who is your favorite pastor?
@Mark #1

I cannot give a loud enough …
    Rev. David Mueller at Jul 19 2017 07:00 pm

A Tiny Error Overthrows the Whole Teaching
@Glenn Dowling #8

Thank you for your willingness to engage with Lutheran teaching. I provided a link above that discusses the theological issues you raised. Have a great …
    Dr. Matthew Phillips at Jul 19 2017 03:51 pm

Who is your favorite pastor?
Thank you, Pastor Berg. They are both sobering and comforting …
    Pastor Ryan Loeslie at Jul 19 2017 09:58 am

A Tiny Error Overthrows the Whole Teaching
Thanks, Reverend Mayes. I would like to receive your paper. In case it’s not showing on this site, my email is [email protected]

Grace and …
    Glenn Dowling at Jul 19 2017 08:55 am

Who is your favorite pastor?
God bless those who remember to pray for their pastors. But, speaking as one of those pastors, let me identify one of the most profound ways to support your pastor in his ministry. Go to church.
Pastor Larry Peters
Grace Lutheran Church in Clarksville, …
    Mark at Jul 19 2017 08:35 am

A Tiny Error Overthrows the Whole Teaching
@Glenn Dowling #8

Hello brother.

I have an unpublished paper on the doctrine of the Ascension and how it relates to the Lord’s Supper, making what I think is a decent argument as to how the Lutheran understanding of the Lord’s Supper is quite in line with the doctrine of the Ascension. If you wish, email me and I will send it to you. And you …
    Rev. Robert Mayes at Jul 19 2017 08:35 am

I Know My Faith is Founded
We should fear and love God so that we do not curse, swear, use satanic arts, lie or deceive by His name (or, I might add, toss it around like a beach ball at a rock concert) but call upon it in every trouble, pray, praise, and give …
    Mark at Jul 19 2017 08:07 am