December 14, 2017

Reformation 500: Some Ways We Get the Reformation Wrong

Getting the Reformation Wrong: Correcting Some Misunderstandings by James R. Payton, Jr. IVP Academic, 2010 * * * Originally posted on Reformation Day, 2013 Dr. James R. Payton, Jr. is a professor of history at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario. He grew up in an evangelical home and went to a Christian college, but […]

Reformation 500: Is It Time for the Reformation to End? (Scott Lencke)

Note from CM: Sorry for the delay today. As the old song says, “Rainy days and Mondays always get me down.” Actually, my slowness to post has little to do with today but with an extraordinarily busy weekend with friends, at church, and with family. Not to mention very little sleep because of the fantastic […]

Reformation Sunday 2017: Sermon & Cantata of the Week

Reformation Sunday 2017 Sermon & Cantata of the Week On this historic Sunday, I am actually preaching one of Martin Luther’s sermons (edited). I will be preaching the second “Invocavit” sermon, from March 10, 1522. See the history of these sermons below. It comes from a critical time in the Reformation, about a year after […]

Reformation 500:The Hiddeness of God in Luther’s Theological Method

In few areas did Martin Luther break more cleanly from the Roman Church than in his outright rejection of scholastic theology. This was not a superficial revision of certain scholastic abuses, but a full-blown condemnation of the heart of scholastic thought. Perhaps this is most clearly seen in his radical departure from the prevailing theological […]

iMonk Classic: A Reformation Day Meditation

From Oct. 31, 2005. “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord GOD, “when I will send a famine on the land- not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD. They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run […]

Reformation 500: Luther’s Prayers

Some Prayers of Martin Luther One of Martin Luther’s tasks in reforming the church and raising the level of faith among the people was helping them learn to pray. For example, in his greatest work, The Small Catechism, he encouraged families to have morning and evening prayers together. How the head of the family should […]

Reformation 500: Sermon on Conversion (1Thess 1:1-10)

Sermon: Conversion (1 Thess 1:1-10) Reformation Principles in 1Thessalonians Introduction One of life’s most difficult realities is change. Most of us have a way of doing things, a pattern of life, habits, routines; and we find it hard to adjust those or go in different directions. We have proverbs that talk about how we get […]

Reformation 500: What I Like about Lutheran Baptism

What I Like about Lutheran Baptism I had the privilege of baptizing two little girls this morning, and it reminded me that one of the stumbling blocks I had to get over as a post-evangelical was the issue of baptism. For most of my pastoral career I was a credo-baptist, that is, I practiced “believer’s baptism,” […]

Reformation 500: Christ Present in Faith

May grace and peace be yours in abundance in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has given us everything needed for life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. • 2 Peter 1:2-3 • • • To follow up on yesterday’s post, […]

Reformation 500: Luther vs. the Protestants

Indeed, the most serious challenges in Luther’s theology may be to the Protestant tradition. • Phillip Cary • • • In this month of commemorating the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation, you would do well to check out the interesting article at First Things by Phillip Cary, Scholar-in-Residence at the Templeton Honors […]