On October 19-21 we gathered in San Diego to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the reformation at the Here We Still Stand conference. And what a celebration it was! Perhaps you thought that was it.
God's Word became flesh. That is a concrete, real fact. This means that the mystery of how God comes to us, to win us back from sin and death, is hiding in plain sight.
Now that the 500th Anniversary of Luther’s initial protest has come and gone, can we finally stop talking about the Reformation? No chance!
In “The Fellowship of the Ring”, when the fellowship begins to first form at Rivendell, there is a scene when the ring of power is first presented to the rulers of the races of middle earth.
“I really thought I would just sit in the car and stuff the muffler and just die,” she cried. She had just lost her husband. She was at the end of her rope.
Dodge a bus and cross the busy Waikiki Way, head southeast on Westlands Road and then turn left on Chiromo Lane, and there I would find the blind man.
There are no other words quite as precious as forgiveness. They are discovered deep in the dank depressions. Dirty, smelly, crusty covered in the slime of sin.
Here we stand 500 years after the reformation began. I had the great pleasure of attending the Here We Still Stand Conference in San Diego last month.
Perhaps few words pack more punch than “freedom.” Depending on one’s situation, freedom can mean a lot of things. To be honest, in a country that talks about freedom more than maybe any other, freedom can be harder to define in the United States of American than anywhere else. And so Christian freedom can be a dangerous topic.
From 1938 to 1949, dad was pastor of the Torpa congregation in Östergötland. The pastor’s office was housed in the parsonage, which meant that Papa, when he wasn’t out on visits somewhere in the parish
Have you ever heard people say during the baptism of an infant that there will come a day when the infant will make the pledges being made her own? Language like this ought to be dropped altogether.
Adam and Eve wanted to stay put and make a city of the garden, but God wouldn't have it that way. For Abraham, God's refrain: "Go out from your country, and from your family, and from your father's house to a land that I will show you."
There is a righteousness of God that comes to us apart from the Law because through the Law we only see a righteousness of God that amplifies and exposes that we are dead in our trespasses.
Why do we focus on our motivations for contrition? Why do we keep asking ourselves, “Am I heartily sorry? Do I sincerely repent? Or am I only going through the motions?”
Frederick the Wise collected many relics in his castle church; his inventory of 1518 listed 17,443 items, including a thumb from St. Anne, a twig from Moses' burning bush, hay of the holy manger,
The Donatist controversy in the early church provides a lens for understanding how Rome viewed Luther at the outset of the Reformation.
Was it Luther nailing the 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church at Wittenberg on October 31, 1517, and thereby protesting that the relationship between God and man could not be reduced to a financial transaction?
The one true Reformer is Jesus Christ. The Reformation then is not an event that began in 1517, or 1518, or 1528, or at any other time in Church History because of a man or any men.
Twelve years ago this month, my two oldest children were baptized. Their baptisms were received together because they were both over a year old before we realized the truth of baptism.