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
One particular genre I always enjoy and in which we can see a great deal about who we are is music. There is a list of songs as long as the Mississippi river that mention faith. Faith is a very widespread concept in popular culture. But faith in this respect is usually spoken of in relation … Continue reading Faith: A Receiving and A Resting
Today is the 499th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. To give attention to this anniversary NPR news ran an article today on Pope Francis' efforts to heal the divide between Catholics and Lutherans caused by Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation. They quote Gerard O'Connell who says, "Perhaps, both sides missed something at the time of … Continue reading The Reformation is Over? Ummm…No.
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?”
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…”
Today marks a wonderful day in church history. October 31, 1517 is the day Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany. To make much of Luther today I want to discuss Halloween? Why? Because Luther was known for mocking the devil, and that is precisely what Halloween is all … Continue reading Trunk or Treat….Fall Festival? C’mon Guys!
To make much of Reformation Day 2014, I want to point you to a podcast I listen to very often. It's called "5 Minutes in Church History" by Dr. Stephen Nichols, and it's one podcast I look forward to every week. Click here to listen to today's episode called, "Happy Reformation Day." Below is a … Continue reading Happy Reformation Day!
Martin Luther is my largest dead influence. There are two large reasons for this. First, Luther's life is a huge example to me about who one ought to fear. Of all men in history, Luther had every reason to fear man, but he chose to fear God instead. The entire known world seemed against … Continue reading Martin Luther: My #1 Dead Influence
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?
A very insightful blog from Justin Taylor on Luther: Here are a few quotes you’ll often hear attributed to Luther, though none of them are exact actual quotes, and a few of them are things that Luther would have disagreed with! Alleged Luther quote #1: If I believed the world were to end tomorrow, I … Continue reading 5 Quotes that Luther Didn’t Actually Say
Today is Reformation Day! This day, October 31, back in 1517 Martin Luther nailed his 95 thesis on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany, and unintentionally began what we now call the Protestant Reformation. Let's all raise a glass to the obscure German Monk who loved the Bible enough to stand up for it. Martin Luther … Continue reading Happy Reformation Day!
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
Martin Luther: "I never work better than when I am inspired by anger; for when I am angry, I can write, pray, and preach well, for then my whole temperament is quickened, my understanding sharpened, and all mundane vexations and temptations depart." "Satan, the god of all dissension stirs up daily new sects. And last … Continue reading Preaching from Anger & Stirred Up by Satan
When I think of a one word summary of how the gospel actually works itself out in the life of a believer, the word REPENTANCE comes to mind more than anything else. In this manner, repentance is not only how one becomes a Christian, but how a Christians lives everyday of their lives. I think … Continue reading R: The Regular Routine of Repentance
Jonathan Parnell over at the Desiring God Blog has a great reminder for us today about the figure head of the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther. Today 467 years ago he died, and that really matters for us today. Why? Read his post below. Jonathan Parnell: In Germany 467 years ago, in a small, backwater town … Continue reading The Day Luther Died