Playing the Pietist Card

A few years ago, Issues ETC. host Todd Wilken wrote a great piece for the Issues ETC. Journal called “Playing The Pharisee Card”. Here’s the start to that article, which I think is one of Pastor Wilken’s finest: “I have been called a Pharisee more times than I can remember. It goes with the territory. […]


The Doctrine of Angels

On today’s program I was joined again by Rev. Lewis Polzin of Trinity Lutheran Church in Bemidji, MN to continue discussing Henry Eyster Jacobs’ book A Summary of the Christian Faith. We discussed chapter VI on the Angels. We talked about common misconceptions about angels, the purpose of angels, demon possession, and many more topics. Here […]

Advent IV, and my first Baptism!

This is my last Advent sermon. It’s about the Temple, the Annunciation, and the Baptism of a little boy named Noah (which made the Flood Prayer even a little bit better than usual). Texts: 2 Samuel 7:1–11,16; Romans 16:25–27; Luke 1:26–38. I look like a pirate in the screen capture.

Make Way for the King of Hearts

My pastor’s sermon from this past Sunday.  The title above is what I have assigned to it.  The bold is mine. “And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David” Luke 1:32 Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Crown Prince William and his wife Kate were in New York City […]

Episode 29: Reliculì, Reliculà…dem bones, dem bones, etc.

Today’s pseudepodcast featured the return of Trent to the hallowed halls of the…of the…oh, dear. This is certainly falling apart… Today the pseudepodcasting trio put their thinking-caps part of the way on and had a discussion about the history and use of relics and what Lutherans think of them. Or what at least three Lutherans […]


Intuitu Fidei

On today’s program I discussed the doctrine of election and the debates over the subject which have existed in Lutheranism since the nineteenth century. I tried to show that there are four different positions which have been held among Lutherans, and that holding to intuitu fidei (though wrong) does not necessarily make one a synergist. […]

Very Short and Very Sweet Martin Luther Devotions

What does Martin Luther have to say about the inner-life of the Christian?  Newly translated comments on Bible texts for every day of the year are now being made available free of charge by Lutheran Press.  Simply “like” Lutheran Press on Facebook to receive Luther’s intriguing insights daily. Lutheran Press, started by pastors Paul Strawn […]