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At the risk of overgeneralization, let me say that Ugandan Christians who are passionate about their faith tend to stress emotions over the life of the mind. It is not uncommon to hear a faithful Ugandan preacher or lay Christian say, “The things of God are to be believed, not reasoned.” Reason, many feel, puts God in a box. [...]

Joseph Byamukama
Tuesday, April 16th 2024

In the Bible, the heart is not just where people have emotions. It’s also where they think. In a good translation of Scripture, you will often hear about the thoughts of the heart. It’s a holistic way of talking: it unites thoughts and feelings in a single whole by putting them together in the same place [...]

Phillip Cary
Friday, April 5th 2024

There is a now and not yet,
you see, let us not forget
that we are counted as sheep.
Be stoic? No, freely weep
and cry, yet hold our only
hope to be completely free. [...]

Joshua Pauling
Thursday, April 4th 2024

“And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt” (Dan. 12:2). As with many quotations from the later half of the book of Daniel, this verse sounds like it could have been taken straight from the book of Revelation instead. What great resurrection hope this must have provided Old Testament believers! [...]

Daniel Titus
Saturday, March 30th 2024

"Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice." [...]

Jonathan Landry Cruse
Friday, March 29th 2024

“Your dead shall live; their bodies shall rise. / You who dwell in the dust, awake and sing for joy! / For your dew is a dew of light, / and the earth will give birth to the dead” (Isa. 26:19). This series seeks to demonstrate that Old Testament saints (like those in the New Testament) showed a conscious hope of resurrection—a hope that they received from the pages of Scripture. [...]

Daniel Titus
Friday, March 22nd 2024

“If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied” (1 Cor. 15:19). New Testament believers are blessed with the hope of resurrection, but what of Old Testament saints? Were such blessings theirs? Did they have a conscious hope for the next life as well? According to the New Testament, the answer is yes. [...]

Daniel Titus
Friday, March 15th 2024

What is a Pietist? I’ve been searching for a good answer to this question since my graduate student days when I was studying this remarkable seventeenth-century movement and its subsequent influence. One common perception I found is that a Pietist is simply a Lutheran version of a Puritan. But then, what is a Puritan? [...]

Dan Van Voorhis
Thursday, March 14th 2024

Where the trail, young traveler, divides,
Thy fate, unlike thyself,
Has long already taken sides,
And waits but for thyself. [...]

Ryan Post
Wednesday, March 13th 2024

Ships that fail to reach their destination cause trouble. For six days in March 2021, the container ship Ever Given—more “sideways skyscraper than boat”—got stuck in the Suez Canal, scotched the global movement of goods, and froze nearly $10 billion in trade daily. We know this lesson well [...]

Zachary Purvis
Tuesday, March 12th 2024

Life is filled with choices. Some are as mundane as paper or plastic, while others are more serious, like the friend who insists, “You’re either with me or against me.” We are told that we must choose between success or happiness, hard work or a social life, science or art, being an extrovert or an introvert. It’s this or that. [...]

A. Craig Troxel
Thursday, March 7th 2024

Imagine you’re asking two friends for counsel in making a difficult decision. “Now, carefully think this through,” one friend cautions with a wagging finger, while the other jabs you in the ribs and winks. “Nah, just go with your gut!” This scene reflects an all-too-common false choice between considering humans as [...]

Brannon Ellis
Friday, March 1st 2024

“It's official: Truth is dead. Facts are passe.” So declared The Washington Post back in 2016 when they reported on Oxford Dictionary’s decision to select for their international word of the year: “post-truth.” The official definition reads: relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief. [...]

Jonathan Landry Cruse
Monday, February 26th 2024

Rod Rosenbladt was one of the original hosts of White Horse Inn. Rod died after a brief illness on February 2, 2024. For many of us, “Dad Rod” was more than just a regular voice articulating a confessional Lutheran distinctive on the radio. He was a mentor, a father in the faith, and a trusted friend. [...]

Michael S. Horton
Wednesday, February 7th 2024

As we focus on thinking theologically about the arts, let’s not forget the art that most fundamentally shapes us: the drama of the liturgy. In accordance with the early fathers, Calvin called the divine service a “celestial theater." In Christian worship, heaven and earth embrace in response to the presence and activity of the Triune God. [...]

Michael S. Horton
Thursday, February 1st 2024

“Modern Reformation has championed confessional Reformation theology in an anti-confessional and anti-theological age.”

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