The Problem with Edgy, Cool, and Hip Theology

It seems that every generation has to push the envelope. What was taboo yesterday is acceptable today. Up until the 1970’s TV shows wouldn’t show the following: pregnant women, bathrooms, married couples sleeping in the same bed together, ladies’ navels. We … Continue reading

Idiotic Theology

In Greek the word ἰδιώτης (idiotes) is used to refer to that which belongs to one’s own self. The English word idiom is a derivative. So is the word idiot, meaning someone who is uneducated or unskilled. This Greek word … Continue reading

The Freedom of the Christian

“To make the way smoother for the unlearned—for only them do I serve—I shall set down the following two propositions concerning the freedom and the bondage of the spirit: A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to … Continue reading

It’s Convention Season…

My classmates are agreed to a man that dogmatics in the mid-1950s was a completely undistinguished enterprise. That’s a polite way of saying it was dull. You read the book. The highlight of the day was a poorly worded quiz. … Continue reading

Why the Praise Band & I Are Never, Ever, Ever Getting Back Together

Please note: This post is a response to Pastor Kent Reeders’ response to my post, “Why I Quit the Praise Band.” If you haven’t read those two articles already, please do so as it will provide you with the necessary context … Continue reading

Why I Quit the Praise Band

Quitting the praise band wasn’t easy for me. Nor did I just play in the praise band— I started it. It was my baby. I was a guitar performance major in college, and as providence would have it, my (LCMS) … Continue reading

If you are a pietist …

IF YOU ARE A PIETIST, FOR THE SAKE OF THE LUTHERANS, PLEASE REMAIN ONE. PLEASE. As you can see from the photo, the bottle is nearly empty. That’s not entirely my fault. I purchased this whisky on my way to … Continue reading

Martin Luther on Studying Theology and Reading Scripture

“Moreover, I want to point out to you a correct way of studying theology, for I have had practice in that.  If you keep to it, you will become so learned that you yourself could (if it were necessary) write … Continue reading

Why Heart Disease And Traumatic Head Injuries Should Be Avoided

When advocating for correct Biblical doctrine there will always be that one person who responds, “We are not saved by pure doctrine. You are a doctrinal Pharisee advocating for a salvation by works.” This refutation brings up a very valid … Continue reading

Thrivent for ???

The Star Tribune in Minneapolis, Minnesota reported (here), in an article on June 5, 2012, that Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is considering moving their enterprise to a wider audience by dropping the Lutheran requirement for membership. Is this a big deal … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web — Introduction to Theology

A new blog from Pastor Brian Kachelmeier, a frequent guest on Table Talk Radio, is found at He is Pastor of Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church in Los Alamos, New Mexico. The goal of the Redeemer Theological Academy is to … Continue reading