In the News

The Real War on Science – John Tierney

The real threat to science is from the Left. Read more here.

Literal interpretation of Bible helps increase church attendance – Harriet Sherrwood

It’s really about having something to believe in, not necessarily Biblical literalism. Read more here.

Lawsuit Challenges Federal Regulation Forcing Doctors to Provide Gender Transition Treatment for Children

Government pressure. Read more here.



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Gender Conformity (3) – Kathy Kersten

A child’s ability to resolve gender dysphoria tends to correlate with
parental attitudes, with success much more likely if parents minimize the
problem, which is exactly the opposite of what transgender ideologues such
as the Edwards are doing.

Read more here.

A Medical Response to Alberta Education’s Gender Diversity: Guidelines for Best Practices – Donna Trimble

Secondly, we are concerned that the conclusions drawn from this document are faulty, namely that a child’s subjective gender self-identification be accepted without question or concern and, thereby, encouraged and entrenched. Mr. Eggen’s proposal states that “No student or family should be referred to programs which purport to ‘fix’ ‘change or ‘repair’ a student’s sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.” This naïve and oppressive statement disregards the underlying emotional, mental or physical reasons that might lead someone to identify sexually as someone other than his or her morphological and genetic identity. Nowhere else in medicine, other than gender identity and sexuality, is such a reckless stance taken or practiced presently.

Read more here.

Transgender Conformity (2) – Katherine Kersten

“Post-Christian man views his body as a tabula rasa-a canvas on which to
express his identity and exert his will. In fact, the more contrary to
nature one’s new self is, the more “authentic” it can claim to be. The
recent mania for tattoos and piercings is a case in point. The desire to be
free of the human condition and its limitations has ancient roots. It has
taken Gnostic form in both the ancient and modern worlds. The Gnostic
impulse rejects physical reality as evil. It seeks a higher, hidden
knowledge-available only to an elite-in its quest for personal salvation.
Animated by this knowledge, the Gnostic approach creates a kind of magical
reality that refuses to admit conditions that resist the human will.

“Today’s transgender crusade can be seen as the latest manifestation of this
denial. It is inherently authoritarian, as other latter-day Gnostic projects
have been, because it has to be. Nature and common sense oppose it. In the
“Gnostic dream world,” as Eric Voegelin once put it, “non-recognition of
reality is the first principle.” Critics who persist in drawing attention to
reality must be discredited or silenced. Otherwise, the Gnostic fantasy
world crumbles.”

Read more here.

In the News

Transgender Conformity – Katherine Kersten

“Every cell in the human body marks individuals as either male or female,
with males bearing an XY and females an XX chromosome….

“Transgendered men do not become women, nor do transgendered women become
men. All … become feminized men or masculinized women, conterfeits or
impersonators of the sex with which they “identify.” In that lies their
problematic future.”

Read more here.

Conservative cardinals challenge Pope over teachings on family – Phillip Pullella

Pope Francis sowing confusion. Read more here.

Barth on Luther

What Karl Barth asked about Luther in 1933 is still worth pondering this Reformation Day:

“What else was Luther than a teacher of the Christian church whom one can hardly celebrate in any other way but to listen to him?”

In the News

The ‘Trolley Problem’ and Moral Progress – Steve Fuller

For pastors, here are some great illustrations.

The Chicago Cubs’ Religious Context – Andrew Beaton and Kevin Helliker

More sermon material here.

Supreme Court case on Columbia church could have national implications – Rick Montgomery

Playground and religious freedom. Read more here.

Karl Barth and the all-sufficient word “indeed”

Do you want to appear intelligent and attentive in any conversation? Karl Barth once said that you only need one word: Indeed.


To strongly affirm…indeed!

To be noncommittal…rub your chin and say…indeed

Questioning, raise your eyebrows…indeed?

To be blandly neutral, sigh and say…indeed

Bored to tears, politely nod and say…indeed…………

Express surprise…indeed!?

To give support, smile and say…indeed.


This word can get you through meetings, classes, and even the holidays.

In the News

Pronouns, Ordinary People, and the War over Reality – Anthony Esolen

Do not dismiss the war on pronouns. Read more here.

Pope’s words open door to confusion – Michelle Smith

“Francis is fond of ‘creating a mess.’ Mission accomplished.” Read more here.

“Freedom” vs. “Liberty” – Stephanie Russell

The word “liberty” brings something extra to the table. Read more here.

John 17: What to preach this Reformation season

What about John 17 and Christian unity?

Raymond E. Brown, renown Roman Catholic New Testament scholar and specialist in the “Johannine community,” helps with John 17:21-22. Read more here.

Luther on the famine of the hearing of the Word:

“I refrain from saying anything about the utterly stupid and incompetent persons whom bishops and abbots nowadays promote everywhere to the pulpit. We really cannot say that they are called and sent, even if we wanted to, because in this case incompetent and unworthy men are given the call. This is the work of God’s wrath, for it is he who withdraws his Word from us on account of our sins, and he increases the number of vacuous talkers and verbose babblers.”[1]

Luther in a sermon April 7, 1521: “He pronounced the world ‘utterly perverted’ and blamed it on the absence of faithful preachers. Among perhaps 3,000 preachers, he contended, only four good ones could be found.”[2]


[1] LW 25:447; Commentary on Romans 12:7 (1516). Above translation from Wilhelm Pauck, ed. and trans., Luther: Lectures on Romans. Library of Christian Classics 15 (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1961) 335-36.

[2] LW 51:65; quoted in Scott H. Hendrix, Martin Luther. Visionary Reformer (New Haven: Yale, 2015) 102.