The Word that Sparked the Reformation

I’ve heard it said that one spark from a campfire can travel over a mile before burning out. But there is one spark that has managed to travel thousands of miles, even across oceans, and through five centuries of time and has spread a blaze across the world; this spark is the reformation doctrine of … Continue reading The Word that Sparked the Reformation

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“I admit I deserve death and hell…what of it?”

In 2003 the Movie Luther was released.  One of the reasons I like the movie so much, and think you should watch it, is because it is almost exactly historically accurate.  My favorite quote from the movie comes when Luther (played by Joseph Fiennes) is preaching and says this: Those who see God as angry, do not … Continue reading “I admit I deserve death and hell…what of it?”

“…whether he yet lives I know not…”

Albrecht Dürer was a notable German engraver, painter, and print-maker of the Reformation era. He was deeply moved by Luther’s calls for reformation. When Frederick the Wise imprisoned Luther to protect him, the outside world did not know what had happened. Dürer was distraught as this journal entry from May 17, 1521 shows: “On Friday (May 17) … Continue reading “…whether he yet lives I know not…”

Was Luther a Calvinist?

Douglas Sweeney: During the years I’ve taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, I’ve frequently been asked whether Luther was a Calvinist. The answer, of course, is no. Calvinism didn’t emerge until the end of Luther’s life. Arminianism emerged long after Luther had passed away. So Luther himself never engaged the controversy that divided Reformed Protestantism after … Continue reading Was Luther a Calvinist?

The Same Food Served in Silver and in Tin & Rejecting Free Will

Martin Luther: Would to God that we could gradually train our hearts to believe that the preacher’s words are God’s Word and that the man addressing us is a scholar and a king. If someone announced: “I know of a place in the world where God speaks and anyone can hear God there”; if I … Continue reading The Same Food Served in Silver and in Tin & Rejecting Free Will