Lutherans have officially apologized for persecution of anabaptists

In the past, even shortly after the Reformation was kick-started by Luther, the Reformation period wasn't all that rosy.  Followers of Luther’s doctrinal beliefs began to persecute the Anabaptists because they had other ideas of how far the Reformation should go.  This persecution in Lutheran lands lasted for many decades, if not centuries.  The Lutheran …

Martin Luther’s Here I Stand – free download

FYI, there a free download of Martin Luther's Here I Stand, a 24-minute recording by Max McLean. Download it by November 1.HT: TC We just celebrated Reformation Sunday this morning, and showed our youth a clip from the Luther movie Joseph Fiennes (2003) during confirmation class.

Calvin (Abingdon Pillars of Theology)

Calvin Abingdon Pillars of Theology Author: George W. Stroup Publisher: Abingdon Press (August 2009) ISBN: 9780687659135 Here’s another book written in honor of Calvin’s 500th anniversary.  The focus of this book is the theology of John Calvin.  Author, George Stroup, covers how Calvin views the knowledge of God, scripture, God’s good and sovereign will, justification …

Reformation Day – October 31

Thanks to Stan McCullers who informed us about the offer of a genuine leather ESV Reformation Study Bible for a donation of any amount to Ligonier Ministries. Offer good till Nov.2.Ligonier Ministries - Renewing Your Mind has some good audio programs:Making of the Protestant Reformation (Pt. 1)Making of the Protestant Reformation (Pt. 2)Below, the first …

October 31 is Reformation Day–not just Halloween

October 31 reminds most of Halloween and of ghosts, goblins and kids dressed in costumes wandering through the streets on Halloween “trick or treating," but most people know little about what October 31 means to the church. It means much more. For Protestants, October 31 is a very special date because it marks the beginning …

Origin of the word “Protestant”

On church history:Back in Luther’s time, Germany was ruled by princes, both Lutheran and Roman Catholic. If Charles V, the Roman Emperor, had his way, he would have forced all of Germany, including all of Europe, to remain Roman Catholic. Six of the princes who ruled Germany had already converted to Luther’s view, including its …

Luther’s German translation of the New Testament

I wish continue to blog about the history of the New Testament and continue with Luther’s German translation. Luther was a radical for his own time. His views of the bible and of theology was reason enough for the Roman Catholic Church’s high authorities to want to take his life. In 1415, the Church burned …

Martin Luther on bible translation: in the common language of the people

The importance of bibles being translated into the language of the common people (or the vernacular) cannot be better expressed than through the words of Dr. Rev. Martin Luther, the Reformer. The Latin Vulgate (translated by Jerome in 405 CE) was the Bible used in the Western Church. For 1,000 years after the Vulgate, bible …

Erasmus’ influence on evangelicalism

Erasmus of Rotterdam was the first great religious humanist. He translated the Textus Receptus and was hugely influential in the philosophy of the 16th century reformers. His ideas of the “freedom of the will” introduced new liberating ideas into the center of the Reformation in Geneva, Switzerland and Wittenberg, Germany. You could say that his …

On political theology: nations, prosperity and moral values – Part 1

Nations and cultures in North American and western Europe have been on a moral decline since the enlightenment period, even though there have been periods of ups and downs. Nevertheless, there has been a gradual secularization of the Christian civilization, especially in the late 20th century. Today, a secularized North America and Western Europe lacks …

Sin is a virus, but Christ is the remedy

Human sin seems to rear its ugly head day-in and day-out—everyday! Somebody help rescue us from this virus that we can't shake off! It’s in front of us, behind us, to our left and to our right. We can’t get away from it. It's like a viral infection we can't sem to shake off. It's …

Can the Orthodox doctrine of sin be post-modern?

I have come across an alternative view of original sin which I find very compelling. The Eastern Orthodox view of sin is a little different from how Luther and Calvin saw original sin. The Reformers saw our human nature and essence as so thoroughly corrupted and damaged (total depravity) that it cannot be recognized by …