The End

Rev. Philip Hale Originally written Dec. 2014 and also published in CN. —ed We see death all around us. Small towns are dying, our country itself is racing toward bankruptcy, and our entire population is aging and declining. With the exception of a few designated holidays, Christianity is a forgotten memory for most. What does … Continue reading The End

The Biblical case for forgiving student loan debt

Using words from the bible, without coherent interpretation or context, is not the same as treating the bible as authoritative. Just because a few select words fit a political agenda, does not mean we must institute a theocracy, such as the Old Testament Jews had.The author makes some major errors. First, he treats civil regulations … Continue reading The Biblical case for forgiving student loan debt

Why You Can’t Meet God Over Zoom Virtual services are inadequate — but I keep going

Of course, by “going” the author means turning on a screen and staying home. Watching a service is not the same as worshiping the true God, since worship revolves around faith. People have the same problem in church. Disinterested visitors are loath to be there and participate at all. They are there, but not mentally … Continue reading Why You Can’t Meet God Over Zoom Virtual services are inadequate — but I keep going

Words of Hope for Those Struggling With Mental Health

If everything that comes from man is “good” and “normal,” than sin is denied. This author accuses Christians of “overspiritualizing” mental illness, which means to approach it from a biblical and doctrinal point of view. But the therapeutic approach, at its root, is that people are ok and good, and should not feel bad about … Continue reading Words of Hope for Those Struggling With Mental Health

New year, same work anxiety: How capitalism makes work-life ‘balance’ feel impossible

This is another example of allowing everyone to be the victim, and blaming something impersonal, for real and personal sin. Anxiety is fear and slavery to what is not the true God. Working to support yourself and a family is not evil, nor is it supposed to be easy in a world cursed by sin.In … Continue reading New year, same work anxiety: How capitalism makes work-life ‘balance’ feel impossible

Married Lesbian Recruited by Nunes is the Artist for His Recent Book: Meant for More

Above is an illustrated self-portrait by Deaconess Lindsay Fertig-Johnson of Concordia, New York. The verse tattooed on her hand is Isaiah 43:19: “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” The new things God … Continue reading Married Lesbian Recruited by Nunes is the Artist for His Recent Book: Meant for More

Life Goals

One of my sons mentioned that he might like to be a pastor or farmer or a regular dad. It struck me, that being a father (or mother) is not a priority in our culture. Yet, most will be fathers or mothers, intentionally or not. That is God’s design. Since we were made for marriage … Continue reading Life Goals

There’s a new ‘manifesto’ circulating among Latter-day Saints, and it’s ‘radical’

Lutheranism has its own radical “Lutheran” orthodoxy. It aims to be truly and genuinely Lutheran in spirit and essence. It seeks to not be “fundamentalist,” which is a throw-away term in most religious conversion for “inflexible” and “steadfast.” Moderates tfrom he ELCA (and especially those who have recently left for the newer break-aways like the … Continue reading There’s a new ‘manifesto’ circulating among Latter-day Saints, and it’s ‘radical’