Why I Quit the Gideons

Associate Editor’s note: this is the first of what will hopefully be many posts by Joseph Klotz. He’s the author of the forthcoming “Lutheran Book of Hours”, a talented musician, and a solid Lutheran layman (St. Paul, Brookfield, IL). He’s also bought … Continue reading

Dr. Becker’s Ever Shrinking Word of God (Part 3)

Associate editor’s note: In the part 1, we saw Dr. Becker pit Jesus against Scripture and his dismissal of certain biblical books (Hebrews, James, 2 Peter, 2 John, 3 John, Jude, and Revelation), saying that they cannot serve as principal sources or norms for … Continue reading

Dr. Becker’s Ever Shrinking Word of God (Part 2)

Associate editor’s note: In the part 1, we saw Dr. Becker pit Jesus against Scripture and his dismissal of certain biblical books (Hebrews, James, 2 Peter, 2 John, 3 John, Jude, and Revelation), saying that they cannot serve as principal sources or norms for … Continue reading

Dr. Becker’s Ever Shrinking Word of God

Dr. Matthew L. Becker[1] is known for teaching publicly that qualified women should be ordained as pastors.[2] Many wonder how he can reach this conclusion, since they believe God’s Word plainly says pastors should be qualified men. The explanation lies … Continue reading

New Older Manuscript of Mark? Cool it, please.

There is something people are passing around on FaceBook that is a bit befuddling. It sounds fantastic, but, really….It is not news or even really newsworthy.The Blaze ran a sensationalizing story on January 20th, 2015 titled Bible Scripture Found Hidden … Continue reading

Catechesis integrating the Small Catechism with the Liturgy — Didache by Prof. John Pless

It seems like pastors are always looking for some ways in which to catechize their members of all ages (new or veteran ones) in the truths of the Scriptures and the Catechism.  This is what most catechetical materials are built … Continue reading

Sasse, Harrison, and Inerrancy

It has been a long time since I have been so thoroughly edified, educated, and stimulated by one book.  I am talking about Hermann Sasse’s Letters to Lutheran Pastors, Volume 1, 1948-1951 (Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2013) (available here in … Continue reading

Last Sunday of the Church Year: Wake Awake, for Night is Flying (St. Matthew 25:1-13)

The Bridegroom soon will call us, “Come to the wedding feast.” May slumber not befall us nor watchfulness decrease (LSB 514, st. 1). Ten virgins went out to meet the bridegroom, but only five got in to His wedding feast. The … Continue reading

Do Hebrew and Greek Really Matter?

When I was first learning the Biblical languages, I found a great deal of encouragement in Luther’s  words:  “In proportion then as we value the gospel, let us zealously hold to the languages. For it was not without purpose that … Continue reading

Christian Behavior?

How do Christians behave? Also, what is a Christian? I bet you’re thinking the answer is someone who believes in Jesus. You would be correct. Maybe the question would be served up like – What does it mean to believe … Continue reading

Neutering the Bible

Words matter.  Luther once said, “And let us be sure of this: we will not long preserve the gospel without the languages [Hebrew, Aramaic & Greek].  The languages are the sheath in which this sword of the Spirit [Eph 6:17] … Continue reading

Keep Watch For The Theological Underpinnings Of Word-Faith Tenets In The History Channel’s “The Bible”

Last night The History Channel aired its miniseries, “The Bible.” It is a miniseries produced by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett. Leading up to this miniseries there seemed to be a well organized marketing campaign to promote this series. The … Continue reading

The Bible – Night One review…

So last night the History Channel docudrama “The Bible” premiered.  It was overall a hard episode (actually two episodes) since it covered the time of Creation (covered by Noah retelling Gen 1-3 on an Ark filled with terror and worry) … Continue reading

A Reflection for July 4th, 2012

From The Constitution of the United States of America, Article 2, Section 1:  “Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation: ‘I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully … Continue reading

Biblical Apologetics, Part 1

Logical, philosophically reasonable arguments can – and indeed, must – be used in the defense of the Christian faith. But are Christians able to claim Biblical precedent for apologetics? Is it right for Christians to understand that Holy Writ teaches and … Continue reading

“A Church without Chicken”: Comments on Marcus Borg’s Lecture Notes

A month ago a well-known Biblical scholar, Marcus Borg gave two lectures at Lexington Presbyterian, “Lex Pres”, here in Lexington,Virginia. Lexington is home to Washington and Lee University and the Virginia Military Institute.  Lex Pres is one of the historic churches … Continue reading

Steadfast ELS — It is written.

Gegraptai, “it is written.”  This was the motto found on the seal of the old Norwegian Synod.  It has served as the byline for the Lutheran Sentinel, the official monthly publication for the laity of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod, for … Continue reading

Bible or Bylaws? (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

In reading the answers of the candidates for synod president, a number of people have noted how the leading candidate, Rev. Matt Harrison, makes frequent and able use of the Bible, while Rev. Jerry Kieschnick does not. This is not … Continue reading

Read through the Bible: A Good Time to Start!

Have you ever read through the Bible? This is a good time to start! Many of us have just finished reading through the Book of Concord. Well, now The Lutheran Study Bible has been published, which has “A Two-Year Reading … Continue reading