The power and source of doctrine is the Scriptures. History can be illuminating, and should be considered respectfully, but tradition can only show something is not completely new. God does not change, and neither does His truth. Lutherans have always used history in a supportive way, without bending God’s Word to the to the words … Continue reading Francis Chan, Christian Unity and the Real Presence of Christ
Life is what we make it to be--that is the lie we have been sold: that we get to be who and what we want, that our aspirations make life worth living; our dreams should be chased no matter the cost. The reality is that human life, as the fleshly person knows it, is empty … Continue reading Life and Death: Christ and Children
Happiness, man’s desires, and the end results do not determine the value of life or the start of human conception. This kind of thinking puts sinners in the place of God. But we are made in God’s image; we don’t have permission to remake life or marriage. While all life is good and divinely created, … Continue reading Anti-abortion activists want embryos to have 'rights,' limiting IVF
The recently published part two of Voelz’ commentary on Mark has brought the issue of Scripture to the forefront in the LCMS. In most modern Bibles there is a note or footnote to the effect “the most reliable early manuscripts and other ancient witnesses do not have Mark 16:9-20” (NIV). The ESV (the official translation … Continue reading What is the Word of God? Has the LCMS taken a New Position on the Books of the Bible?
It is not enough for the world to deny that Jesus is the Son of God. They have to lower Him and make Him a dirty sinner in their own image to entirely discredit His Gospel. This new Netflix special is clearly a play off the 1988 drama film The Last Temptation of Christ by the celebrated director Martin … Continue reading Bishop Denounces Netflix as ‘Blasphemous’ over Gay Jesus
Christianity is so often turned upside down. It is made to be about us—our work and efforts to make the world better. Helping the poor, the homeless, the disadvantaged. These are good things, but in and of themselves they have nothing to do with Christianity. The Spirit, Christ, or faith is not required to do … Continue reading Sermon on Revelation 21:1-5, using verse 3 of Lo! He Comes With Clouds Descending
It is strange that this is the only commentary in the series that has two authors. This is not because Voelz was unable to finish it, but because he was unwilling! Evidently, he has taught that Mark 16:9-20 is not part of Mark to his students for decades. He takes his Martin Luther stand on … Continue reading A Snapshot of the State of Biblical Interpretation at the LCMS Seminaries: Initial Impressions of Concordia Commentary Mark 8:27-16-20 by Voelz and Mitchell
The former president made some very startling statements recently. He shows the true end of the race for “equality,” that of destroying families and shaming men, making them seem utterly useless. In making outrageous claims, without any substance of proof, he shows his biases: men serve no purpose if they are better at everything, especially … Continue reading Barack Obama Says Women Could Solve Many Of World's Problems — Which Men Have Caused
People are fond of telling others what to do with their money, but rarely want or appreciate the financial mandates of others. To the world money is power, perhaps the ultimate power. The authority of civil government to tax is legitimate, as Christ and Scripture declare. But private citizens lobbying and stating how the tax … Continue reading Taxation of Churches
Why Christian News? There are many less than compelling reasons to continue Christian News: just because it is 57 years old and people are used to receiving it; for the memory of Herman Otten and his work; to relive the glory days of Christianity in America and the LCMS; as a tribute to the steadfastness … Continue reading Why Christian News?