February 19, 2017

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 […]

Rachel Held Evans Is Going “Biblical”

By Chaplain Mike Friend of IM Rachel Held Evans has announced the project that she will be undertaking over the course of the coming year, which will result in her next book. Right now, she’s calling it “A Year of Biblical Womanhood.” I will let her introduce it via this video: The book won’t be […]

Calvin on Loving Our Neighbors

By Chaplain Mike As I have been thinking and reading about the doctrine of Vocation lately, it struck me that one of the foundations this teaching is built upon is the theology of common grace. One group of Christians that has thought (and battled!) about common grace are the Calvinists. In fact, debates and conflicts […]

Christ Has No Body but Yours

By Chaplain Mike At my church today, our pastor began a series on Vocation, a theme we began to explore on Labor Day in our post, “The Masks of God.” We will continue to explore this vital theological theme in days to come. On this Lord’s Day, here’s a chance to meditate on the subject […]

The Masks of God

By Chaplain Mike For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance […]