May 19, 2019

Chapter Two Continued: Work

(This is the third in a series of articles on the Christian life.  The other two can be found here and here.) There is an old and persistent heresy.  It involves separating the earthly from the godly, the material from the spiritual.  Gnostics, Cathars, and others have fallen into the error of equating material things […]

Fear Not, Little Flock

By Chaplain Mike Last Sunday, my wife and I entered the side door of the old church building. The small entryway had a few steps that led up to two vintage oak doors. The one on the left led to the back corner of the sanctuary. Next to it, the right door led to an […]

Vocation: A Hopeful Sign

By Chaplain Mike Scot, this sounds great. Too often in things I’ve read, “missional” is just another word for “church programs,” only this time they take place outside the church walls rather than within them. This, on the other hand, sounds more like the Lutheran doctrine of “vocation,” which I have come to think is […]

Richard Halverson’s Vision

By Chaplain Mike “Think of it this way. The program of our church is everything all the members are doing between Sundays. The church keeps house, goes to school, teaches, practices law, medicine and dentistry, runs business and industry, farms, works on construction jobs, researches in many fields, sits on school boards, city councils, county […]

A Thought for a New Year (Wendell Berry)

Suppose we did our work like the snow, quietly, quietly, leaving nothing out. From Leavings: Poems, by Wendell Berry

Shepherds and the Doctrine of Vocation

By Chaplain Mike As I outlined yesterday, in Luke’s Christmas story (Luke 2:1-20) there are six verbs describing the actions of the shepherds in response to the Good News the angels spoke to them. The shepherds went (with haste). They found. They saw. They made known the saying that had been told them. They returned. […]

“My Lord Katie”

By Chaplain Mike If someone wanted to do an intriguing Hollywood historical drama about a strong woman, holding her own in momentous times, he or she could do worse than to produce a film about Katharina von Bora, the nun who became Martin Luther’s wife. Today, December 20, she is commemorated by Lutherans on their […]

Advent IV: The Honor and Humility of Mary

By Chaplain Mike Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. • Isaiah 7:14, NIV It’s time again for the annual “Mary” discussion. This is the one time of year when Protestants are forced to consider her as they […]

Guest Post: A Woman in Ministry

MOD NOTE: Angie merely summarized her position on women in ministry in this post. If you want to see a full expression of my Biblical position on egalitarianism, read “Why I Am an Egalitarian,” which  I wrote in Sept. This will enable you to see the relevant Biblical texts without having to rehash them all […]

Mark Galli Uncovers Our Mixed Motives

By Chaplain Mike Mark Galli is one of those writers that seems to have insight into my soul. Almost every article or book of his that I read resonates deeply within me. Case in point, his current article in CT, “Insignificant Is Beautiful,” in which Galli asks the question, “Why exactly do we want to […]