I’m a Christian who was raised in a 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 Pentecostal churches in growing unhappiness as I became aware that my search for “more of God” had gone badly awry (my version of the story of that church's collapse and its aftermath is here). 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.

Initial Post: Main Themes

November 5, 2019

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


Contents

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 favorite 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.