Why Do Pastors Receive a Tax Exemption for Housing?

Why exactly do ministers receive a tax exemption for their housing allowance?

Because of this reality, the courts cannot allow the parsonage exemption and exclude the housing exemption without showing preference for certain religious groups over others. Both the parsonage and pastor housing exemption are part of a legal tradition that serve to prevent the entanglement of the state in ecclesiological concerns. That’s an ideal even atheists... Continue Reading

On the Word, Wittenberg Beer, and Christian vs Islamic Expansion

The use of force is unnecessary and unfruitful for the successful expansion of God's kingdom

“Luther discovered a perfect example of the Word’s ability to grow God’s kingdom sans a baton or baseball bat in his own experience of the preceding years. “I opposed indulgences and all the papists, but never with force. I simply taught, preached, and wrote God’s Word; otherwise I did nothing. And while I slept, or... Continue Reading

She Is A Public Nuisance

Of these two neighbors, which is more to be pitied? Which of the two lives under the greater delusion?

“One of my neighbors is succumbing to age and infirmity and living in a sad fantasy. The other is willfully blinding himself to the most obvious reality in the world—that he and all that he sees and experiences have been made and formed by the Creator. He, by far, is most to be pitied because... Continue Reading

Why Did Jesus Have To Die? (Part 2)

We say that it was a satisfaction for sin owed to the justice of God

“Of course the Scriptures clearly teach that justice is. Our Lord made a covenant of works, a covenant of nature, a covenant of life conditioned upon obedience to his law. He said that we might eat from any of the trees in the garden but one. They day we ate from that tree “You shall... Continue Reading

Apologetics: Basic Approaches

There are three basic approaches or schools of what is called “apologetics”

“Numerous weaknesses to each of these arguments have been made.  For our purposes here, the most important one is that none of them necessarily leads to the one true God who has revealed himself uniquely in Scripture and in his Son.  These classical arguments can lead to a general concept of God; but at some... Continue Reading

The True Reformers

Mere men are not the true reformers, but rather they are stewards and servants of God’s reformation

“Fundamentally, Reformed theology is theology founded on and fashioned by God’s Word. For it is God’s Word that forms our theology, and it is we who are reformed by that theology as we constantly return to God’s Word every day and in every generation. At its core, this is what the sixteenth-century Reformation was all... Continue Reading

Liberal “Christianity” Reveals Its Soul and Bares Its Fangs

There are two reasons why the Islamic Friday prayers at the Episcopal National Cathedral on November 14, 2014, was strictly a form of religious non-sense.

The future struggle for religious truth will involve not only the historic confrontation between Gospel truth and the pagan lie but will increasingly divide Christendom, pitting “Christians” who have abandoned the Gospel and have joined with God-denying paganism, against Christians who defend biblical truth.   The Church’s conflict with non-Christian religions is to be expected.... Continue Reading

The Most Important Passage in the Whole of Scripture

This passage is the basis for the great Reformation doctrine of sola fide–the idea that we are saved by faith alone and not by the works of the law.

What is it that solves the problem of our sins?  “A righteousness of (from) God has been manifested apart from the law…through faith in Jesus Christ” (3:21-22).  Luther referred to these verses as “the center of the whole Bible.”  Martin Lloyd Jones called it “the most important and crucial passage in the whole of Scripture.” ... Continue Reading

The Joy Of Not Being So Intentional…

If being intentional means over-thinking, second guessing, guilt-baring, people pleasing parenting and all-around doing life, then this lady has left the room.

I know my grandparents generation was by no means perfect and they could probably have used a little more intentionality in their parenting. And I don’t doubt there was still gossip, slander and judgment between friends and neighbors as sin has no generational bounds. But I imagine the scale was not nearly as far-reaching as... Continue Reading

Pitting Holiness Against Holiness

Is justification better than sanctification?

Of course Jesus comes first; of course we are nothing but sinful wretches without him; of course good works do not save us and we have no confidence in them for that.  But for us to say that the good works are therefore not “better” than that which makes them possible seems to forget that... Continue Reading