1517. The Legacy Project

1517 The Legacy Project serves churches and the world by providing a safe place for those broken by the church, supplying theological resources to strengthen congregations, and modeling ways of engaging the culture in a manner that is thoughtful, courageous, and Christ-centered.

Getting What We Don’t Deserve

It would be better, we imagine, if God treats us and others as we deserve. Those who believe they’re faithful, pious, or good dedicate themselves, with God’s help, to becoming better so that they can earn heavenly reward, an increase of earthly blessings, and the like. Those who believe they’re not faithful enough, not pious […]

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The Law of Christ

What’s more human than running head-long into sin? Selfishness, self-seeking, and a “me-first” attitude doesn’t attack us suddenly like a migraine. There’s nothing more human than selfishness. Self-deception and self-destruction are our birthright. And, as odd as it may seem, this knowledge can be a great comfort to us and can save our life, so […]

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A Steak Than Which None Greater Can Be Conceived?

I’ll be the first to admit that philosophers are an odd bunch of people. We love arguments—discussions that float free from empirical facts, and definitions. In this way, we are not much different from mathematicians. The philosopher’s laboratory, as well as the mathematician’s, is the mind and I can’t communicate to you how relaxing and […]

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A Matter of The Gospel

What makes a Christian “Christian”? The Gospel and the gifts do, full stop. The Holy Spirit “calls us by the Gospel, enlightens us with His gifts, sanctifies and keeps us with Christ in the true faith,” wrote Martin Luther in his Catechism. For Lutherans, since the Reformation, this short explanation of the Third Article of […]

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You’ve Got Your Faith, I’ve Got Mine

When we talk about faith do we begin with ourselves, our ability to believe something unbelievable, or with the unbelievably dead and risen God Himself? If we begin with ourselves, how come? Even if we could figure out our problem for ourselves, could we forgive our own sin? Could our minds ever stop justifying what […]

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The Great Comfort That You Are A Sinner

What differentiated Martin Luther from other theologians, even to this day, is that he found great comfort in the knowledge that he was a sinner. For in the knowledge of sin God’s grace overshadowed the sinner. In his Romans lectures Luther flooded his students daily with this insight. As he said on one occasion: “God […]

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God’s New Year Resolution

We are bean counters. Weight watchers. List makers. No more-so than this time of year, the first weeks of the new year. Gym memberships spike. Shelters, churches, and soup kitchens see a significant increase in volunteers. Extra chairs need to be set out at A.A. Meetings. Family and friends want to know, “What kind of […]

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