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5 Reasons to Love/Hate the Internet
Originally Posted: 05/21/2014 - 10:48am | Type: Blog

Here are a few reasons why I, as an individual millennial, find myself loving and hating the World Wide Web. I was born in 1990. That puts me squarely in the middle of what is ref ...

Pope Francis Uses Smartphone Video to Urge Christian Unity
Originally Posted: 02/21/2014 - 5:28pm | Type: Blog

In an unusually informal video made on a smartphone held by a Pentecostal pastor, Pope Francis called on all Christians to set aside their differences, explaining his “longing” for Christian unity. ...

'Liberals With Guns' -- False Witness in a Viral Video
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 12:43pm | Type: Blog

A few weeks ago, I got one of those viral emails from a guy who shares my interest in Lutheran hymnody — but, most emphatically, not my politics. It linked to a video called “Liberals With Guns!” that claims t ...

Report: Americans Hold Different Views of What 'Religious' Means
Originally Posted: 07/19/2013 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

There is a lopsided divide in America about what it means to be a religious person, with a majority believing that it’s about acting morally but a strong minority equating it with faith. ...

Redefining Faith
Originally Posted: 05/10/2013 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

We often assume and speak as if faith = belief. If this leads to action, that is wonderful. Yet we still assume it is possible to speak about faith even if there is no action. La ...

Mixing Faith into Public Life?
Originally Posted: 11/12/2012 - 12:19pm | Type: Blog

I believe that our missional activity in the world as church should lead to transformation not only of individual lives, but of society itself. But how does this take place? How do we engage society without b ...

Reformation Day, God's Word, and Personal Faith
Originally Posted: 10/31/2012 - 1:48pm | Type: Blog

Perhaps the change I am most thankful for (other than a new awareness of justification by faith alone, simul iustus et peccator, and imputed righteousness of course) is that the Reformation paved the way for ...

A Tree-of-Life Politics of Abundance
Originally Posted: 10/26/2012 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

When people talk about the fall of humanity in the Jewish Genesis story, we never talk much about the Tree of Life. When people talk about the fall of humanity in the Jewish Ge ...

Searching for the Real Martin Luther
Originally Posted: 10/17/2012 - 4:34pm | Type: Blog

On Oct. 31, 1517, an Augustinian friar named Martin Luther nailed 95 theses for debate on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, and so sparked a religious reform even he could not control. ...

The "Atonement-Only" Gospel
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

I really enjoyed the "debate" I had Thursday night with Al Mohler , president of Southern Baptist Seminary, at my own seminary alma mater, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, in the northern suburb ...

Report from the Global Christian Forum in Indonesia: Day Four, Healing Memories
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the fourth in a week-long series of reports from the Global Christian Forum in Manado, Indonesia filed by Wes Granberg-Michaelson, the former General Secretary of the Reform ...