I’m a Christian who was raised in the Lutheran church but who left it in my early twenties to join a Oneness Pentecostal church, convinced that I could experience God there in a way I could not in the Lutheran church. After ten years that church collapsed and I spent another ten years in various other churches in growing unhappiness as I became aware that my search for “more of God” outside the Lutheran church had gone badly awry. Finally I returned to the Lutheran church, where I’ve been very happy for the last seventeen years. This blog records my present thoughts about Christian life, worship, and doctrine in the light of those experiences.


Contents

Infant Baptism

September 3, 2021

This article explains why Lutherans believe infant baptism to be a scripturally valid practice.


The Method of Baptism

August 27, 2021

Lutherans believe that baptism can be done by immersion of the believer in water or by sprinkling or pouring water over the believer's head. Many other denominations insist that the method must be immersion because in the Greek of the ancient world the word “baptize” (baptizo) meant “dip,” “immerse,” or “submerge.” Lutherans say that fact does not bind us to the method of literally immersing the believer. This article explains why.


A review of the 2017 biography Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World by Eric Metaxas.


It took me a while as a Pentecostal to realize this, but Pentecostals don't really believe in Sola Scriptura, or at least certainly not in the sense it was intended by Martin Luther and the other early Reformers.


My thoughts about the claim made by some Oneness Pentecostals that the Trinitarian formula was added to the Bible by the Roman Catholic Church.


My review of a book that refutes one of the key claims made by modernism and postmodernism against Christianity.


I look at a key distinctive of Lutheranism that many other churches lack and which I completely missed the first time around.


There are almost as many meanings today of the word “Lutheran” as there are of the word “Christian” so here's a short explanation of what I myself mean when I speak of “the Lutheran church.”


The Holy Trinity (Book Review)

November 25, 2019

The first part of a planned multi-part review of the book The Holy Trinity by Carl L. Beckwith.


Initial Post: Main Themes

November 5, 2019

This briefly sums up what I expect to be the main themes of this blog.