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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

At the end of twenty-four hours,
There was still work left to be done.
Satisfaction as to the results was low.
Cheerful moments numbered, few to none. [...]

Mike Hall
Wednesday, January 31st 2024

Classic Protestants are intrinsically ambivalent about human nature and thus human culture. On one side, we’re haunted by historical shadows. We’re disturbed by the specter of Constantinianism, since both Scripture and history bear witness to the pitfalls of wedding faith with political culture; we’re sensitive to [...]

Mark Bowald
Tuesday, January 30th 2024

How sweet to see on brightest banks
The King’s Tree stooped with luscious fruit
No knot or mold on pearly flanks
No rot within its roots [...]

Thomas Wysong
Monday, January 29th 2024

Paul didn’t ask to be saved.
He was out “serving God”
But was really depraved.
To his laws and traditions
Was fully enslaved, [..]

Sarah Steele
Monday, January 29th 2024

I have a love/hate relationship with poetry. My appreciation for the literary form swings on a pendulum between “Is there anything more beautiful than the crafting of words?” and “What in the world does this even mean and why did I waste my time reading it?” This is not necessarily due to a deficiency on the part of the poet [...]

Jonathan Landry Cruse
Tuesday, January 23rd 2024

My weathered family walks the eroding beaches under cream and pewter
sky that’s seen vacations faded and dull with blight,
the wind pulls out what’s layered beneath, the great revealer
of these visions unclear in the indifferent light [...]

J. A. Baker
Monday, January 22nd 2024

In the following exchange, theologians Mark Mattes and Michael Horton take turns asking each other some of the questions on their minds as they wrestle with the similarities and differences between their respective Lutheran and Reformed traditions on the role of images in worship, the difference between art and idolatry, and the nature of beauty. [...]

Michael S. Horton
Mark Mattes
Tuesday, January 9th 2024

The great Christian hope is that we will see God. Jesus assured us that “blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matt. 5:8). In this age, “we walk by faith, not by sight,” suggesting that sight is the better experience (2 Cor. 5:7–8). Waiting on this side of Christ’s return [...]

Harrison Perkins
Friday, January 5th 2024

In 1556, Jean de Léry sailed across the Atlantic Ocean, the “abyss of water that is the Western Sea.” When he saw giant porpoises, sea turtles, and flying fish—just a few of the marvels and terrors he witnessed—he remembered Psalm 104:25–26: “The sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number—living things both large and small. [...]

Zachary Purvis
Tuesday, January 2nd 2024

Growing up, I always wanted to be an artist. I drew in my sketchbook whenever I had free time (all right, even when I was supposed to be doing something else). I don’t draw much anymore; I’ve long since moved on to other creative outlets. But I’m still awed by [...]

Brannon Ellis
Monday, January 1st 2024

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

Picture of J. Ligon Duncan, IIIJ. Ligon Duncan, IIISenior Minister, First Presbyterian Church
Magazine Covers; Embodiment & Technology

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

Picture of J. Ligon Duncan, IIIJ. Ligon Duncan, IIISenior Minister, First Presbyterian Church
Magazine Covers; Embodiment & Technology