Lessons from a Visit to Luther Land
Jeff Straub Recently I returned from two weeks in Europe, leading a group of seminary and church friends through Germany, Switzerland, and Italy. It was eleven days of walking, looking at and listening to the story of the Protestant Reformation. It was also a time of warm fellowship, spectacular sights, and great food. All who journeyed with us found the trip to be worthwhile in every way. I logged over sixty miles of walking. We [more]
Authority and Authoritarianism
When authority is usually discussed, about three sentences later, the word authoritarian will make its entrance. In fact, for some, authority is authoritarian - there is no other kind. Recovering the mangled word authority from all the thought-debris that has been hurled at it requires distinguishing it from authoritarianism. I'm not sure whether dictionaries help or hurt the cause of clarification, but for what it's worth, Webster's has authoritarian as "of, relating to, or favoring [more]
The Grace of Jesus Christ
What is the grace of Jesus Christ? A search for “grace” and “Jesus” or “Christ” allows us to answer this question in brief, as seen below. This grace is divine favor to us, given to us, His undeserving people, for a variety of reasons. This grace from Christ is from the Father as well, as the opening prayers of many of Paul’s letters show (Rom 1:7; 1 Cor 1:3; 2 Cor 1:2; Gal 1:3; Eph 1:2; Phil 1:2; 1 Thess 1:1; 2 Thess 1:1; 1 Tim 1:2; 2 Tim 1:2; Titus 1:4; Phm 3; 2 John 3). Often, however, when [more]
Providence and Evil
Jon Pratt Following last week’s Nick of Time essay entitled, “Fate and Providence,” I received the following email from a pastor: Dear Brother, I always enjoy and appreciate your writing. I struggle with this present [essay] however. Just recently a young lady started attending our church. Nine years ago she married her college sweetheart—(both from a Christian college). They were in ministry together in her father’s church. Just this last February her husband kissed her and her children goodbye as he headed for work—and he never came home. He [more]
I’m Still Here, Too
The most recent issue of Frontline Magazine is apparently getting a bit of buzz. I [more]
Beautiful Poetry Anthologies for Children
In honor of national poetry month, here is a list of my favorite poetry anthologies [more]
Pastors – Become Literate in Christian Culture
When the topic of music and worship comes up, a favorite slap-down argument against thoughtful [more]