Archive for the ‘Theology and Practice’ Category

Don’t Miss Part of the Story This Week

Nobody picks up a novel and reads the first chapter then the fourth and then the final.  Or if they do, they certainly will not take away everything that the author wanted the reader to know about in that story. In order to truly understand the novel, you need to read all the different chapters […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on April 12th, 2017 under Theology and Practice  •  No Comments

How Modern and Post-Modern Thought Neglect Proclamation

Scholars say that people have organized their thoughts regarding truth according to one of three ways throughout time.  They claim that these ways of thinking can be charted according to when one lived.  People living before 1500 generally are thought of as pre-modern thinkers.  People from 1500-1960 generally became more and more modern in their […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on January 30th, 2017 under Theology and Practice  •  2 Comments

Church Membership: Nothing or Everything?

This post should go viral. After all, church membership is just a red hot topic in Christianity today.  I can not even list all of the books that are one the Best Seller’s list that ruminate on the issues surrounding church membership.  The blogs devoted to it are too many to list.   Either that or […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on September 26th, 2016 under Theology and Practice  •  4 Comments

What the NYG and Higher Things have in common.

This year I went to the National Youth Gathering with my youth group.  A lot of my friends are right now in Colorado at a Higher Things gathering with their youth.   And of course many keystrokes have been tapped over these gatherings before and will be again. One group claims one of these gatherings is something to […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on July 27th, 2016 under Theology and Practice  •  9 Comments

Hating the Dead

On my recent trip to New Orleans, we went to the national WWII museum.  In the 4D movie featured there, Beyond All Boundaries, they mentioned that famous WWII journalist Ernie Pyle had one last column tucked inside his pocket when he died.  Reflecting on the war, he had written these words: “Dead men by mass […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on July 25th, 2016 under Theology and Practice  •  3 Comments

Theology for Laypeople – Baptized into Christ – Jordan Cooper

In his new book, Jordan Cooper seeks to fill a hole that many, including myself have noted over the years.  While Lutheran Publishing Houses have produced tremendous theological resources of for pastors and academics, theological writing for laypeople has been often overlooked or not published. Many pastors struggle with how to take their laypeople onto theological […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on June 13th, 2016 under Theology and Practice  •  No Comments

The Scalia Sermon was not as good as you thought.

Many Lutherans have been praising Father Scalia’s Sermon at the Mass said for his Father on the occasion of his death.    But I would suggest that those Lutherans let one or two lines shield their eyes from the great error throughout this sermon.  Let me prove this point as I comment on each part of […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on February 22nd, 2016 under Theology and Practice  •  2 Comments

Turning Acts 6 Upside Down

Acts 6:1–4 (ESV) — 1 Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. 2 And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on February 16th, 2016 under Theology and Practice  •  No Comments

DON’T Follow your Passion

Do what you love! Find your passion! Find a job you adore and you’ll never work a day in your life. This is the kind of stuff that is being served up and devoured by the people comprising the younger generations in our world. Maybe you have found yourself motivated by such inspirational dictums. But […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on February 9th, 2016 under Theology and Practice  •  No Comments

Word Vs. Sacrament?

It is a personal pet peeve of mine: the tendency of people to demean one thing in order elevate the thing they want to laud when there is nothing wrong with the thing they demean.  All of us do it at times, but all of us also should be called on it when we do it. […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on February 6th, 2016 under Theology and Practice  •  5 Comments