LCMS Roped Into Deportation Evasion Scheme

There would be Twitter-worthy convulsions if a Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS) affiliated agency was giving aid and comfort to Planned Parenthood. By contrast, there is almost total indifference to a Synod partner helping illegal aliens to evade deportation. … Continue reading

American Idolatry

Though the First Amendment has established what is commonly referred to as the separation of church & state, the state nevertheless promotes its own brand of civic religion—a religion which is fundamentally incompatible with the Christian faith. American civic religion features … Continue reading

A July 4th Rumination on  Resident Aliens

The blessed Reformers did not invent but discovered the theology of the two kingdoms in the Bible.  Jeremiah wrote of this in terms of the way Israel would live in Babylon: 5 Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat … Continue reading

Is Manipulation Ever Loving?

When thinking back about evangelistic efforts from my past, I must admit that manipulation was a welcomed friend. It wasn’t broadcast as such, but instead rationalized under the guise that “the ends always justify the means” when salvation is on … Continue reading

Understanding The Distinction Between The Two Kingdoms; An Art Of The Church’s Confession

By: Rev. Joshua Reimche It all started in the Garden, or rather, it began most immediately on the east steps of Eden. Husband and wife feared, loved and trusted the Tempter above all things, and so they sinned, failing God … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Out of the Marriage Game

Over at what looks to be his brand-new blog, “Lutheran Pastor Says”, Rev. Harrison Goodman writes that, “It’s time to get out of the marriage game. Let me clarify that. It’s time for the Church to get out of the … Continue reading

Living as Citizens of Two Kingdoms: A Post Election Sermon

Matthew 22:15-22. 15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted how they might entangle Him in His talk. 16 And they sent to Him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that You are true, and teach the way … Continue reading

The Rapprochement Between American Catholicism and Liberal Protestantism: Ripped from the Headlines

Our family reads cover-to-cover The Week. For those who do not know The Week, as it’s name states, it is a weekly news magazine.  The Week is a compendium of hard-news, opinion and view points from articles of major daily … Continue reading

Church as Minor Clerk in Caesar’s Court

Back in November, my brother-in-law, called me up because he was quite upset.  First, he and his family are members of an ELCA congregation.  His angst was over the pastor’s approving inclusion of a letter by Rev. Mark Hanson, the … Continue reading