Perhaps few words pack more punch than “freedom.” Depending on one’s situation, freedom can mean a lot of things. To be honest, in a country that talks about freedom more than maybe any other, freedom can be harder to define in the United States of American than anywhere else. And so Christian freedom can be a dangerous topic.
From 1938 to 1949, dad was pastor of the Torpa congregation in Östergötland. The pastor’s office was housed in the parsonage, which meant that Papa, when he wasn’t out on visits somewhere in the parish
Adam and Eve wanted to stay put and make a city of the garden, but God wouldn't have it that way. For Abraham, God's refrain: "Go out from your country, and from your family, and from your father's house to a land that I will show you."
Was it Luther nailing the 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church at Wittenberg on October 31, 1517, and thereby protesting that the relationship between God and man could not be reduced to a financial transaction?
I’ll never forget the first time I saw my first “fire and brimstone” street preachers. I was descending the stairs outside a Denver Nuggets basketball game at the old McNichols Sports Arena when I caught my first glimpse:
On October 31st, 1517, Martin Luther could never have imagined how far the Lutheran Reformation would spread as he posted his 95 theses. Recently, there has been a flurry of new Luther publications, for the scholar and the layman alike.
What is the scariest word in the Bible? What word stirs up the most anxiety amongst believers? Whenever I ask Christians this question the most common answers are: "judgment," "wrath," "damnation," and, "hell."
“Well, we talked about looking for little miracles all around us, you know, to find God…” My daughter sheepishly slumped back a bit in her chair as those words crossed her lips.She was in the middle of recounting her conversations in another friend’s youth group.
“So the Christian who is consecrated by faith does good works, but the works do not make him holier or more Christian, for that is the work of faith alone. And if a man were not first a believer and a Christian, all his works would amount to nothing and would be truly wicked and damnable sins.”
Before all this techno hubbub I was raised playing board games with my family. My kids today call them ‘bored’ games. But not in my house back in the day. If someone wasn’t crying or screaming it wasn’t a good night of competition.
Respectable religious types can spot an absence of good old fashioned piety a mile away. Take the religious leaders in Jesus’ day as an example. The more they see and hear from Jesus, the more they are sure they want nothing to do with Jesus.
“Question everything,” my generation has been told. To many millennials, doubting any information passed down to us comes as second nature. This characteristic gives us courage to ask hard questions and assurance that the answers won’t break any exterior system we’ve constructed.
The image of a German monk nailing a revolutionary document—The 95 Theses—is inspiring and iconic. For this reason, some who don’t know much about Martin Luther and his legacy turn first to those theses from 1517.
A couple of weeks ago, the brilliant T.V. revival, Twin Peaks: The Return, came to a close. The writer and director David Lynch baffled his giddy audience with 18 episodes of near absurdity, robbing nostalgic fans of their desire to return to the past.