Supreme Court Religious Bonus

Good news: Mon­day’s Supreme Court rul­ing on re­li­gious lib­erty was even bet­ter than we thought. The Jus­tices ruled 7-2 that a church could not be banned from a pub­lic ben­e­fit pro­gram merely be­cause it is a church. On Tues­day the Jus­tices ex­tended that prin­ci­ple by over­turn­ing a rul­ing that struck down Col-orado’s school voucher pro­gram … Continue reading Supreme Court Religious Bonus

Trinity Lutheran and Fairness

In 2012, Trinity Lutheran Preschool ranked fifth out of 44 applicants to a Missouri program that recycles old tires for new playground surfaces. Yet Missouri refused to let the school compete for the grant, pointing to the state’s Blaine Amendment—a provision that bans tax money from funding a church in any way—as the reason. The U.S. Supreme Court … Continue reading Trinity Lutheran and Fairness

They Should Have Called It, “Divine Service for Dummies”

The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod has seen enough of the worship wars. One side believes there is only one way to "do church," and that is orderly and formal. The other side believes that there is a freedom to do worship. There will never be a uniting of these two camps. In my pastorate, … Continue reading They Should Have Called It, “Divine Service for Dummies”