Monthly Archives: January 2017

A Lutheran Perspective on the Refugee Crisis and Immigration

With the current refugee crisis and immigration issues at the forefront of the news, I thought it might be helpful to provide a Lutheran perspective on these.  I’ll caution up-front, though, that I won’t be providing “the answer.”  Instead, what I hope to do is provide a theological framework for thinking about the issues.  I also want to stress that …

Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Other Theologians to Whom I Owe Thanks

Dietrich Bonhoeffer is one of a number of theologians who have greatly impacted my own life and faith.  In his company I would also put men like C.S. Lewis, Martin Luther, St. Augustine, and the early Church Fathers (e.g. Tertullian, Ireneaus, etc…). Each of them has given me something valuable.  To C.S. Lewis I owe thanks for a simple explanation of …

Tertullian and His Apology

(The following is from the introduction to my edition of Tertullian’s Apology, available at Amazon)   Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus was a Christian writer who lived in the Roman province of Africa (Carthage) at the end of the second century and the beginning of the third century AD.  We know him better as Tertullian.  Possibly trained as a Roman lawyer, he would eventually …

Justin Martyr and his Apologies

(The following is from the introduction to my edition of Justin Martyr’s First and Second Apologies, available at Amazon)   Justin Martyr (also known as Justinus) was a mid-second century Christian writer.  A Greek-speaking Gentile, he was born in Flavia Neapolis (present day Nablus) in Samaria and was martyred around 165 AD in Rome.  He was familiar with Greek philosophy and …