June 25, 1530

Augsburg Confession of Faith presented to the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. Written by Philip Melanchthon and representing the views of the early Lutheran reformation, it took a strong stand on the necessity of justification by faith alone. Hopes that the emperor would sign the confession were dashed when he commissioned traditionalists to respond and then…

A Promise Unfulfilled

There are few people who don’t love to read or watch a good mystery story. There is an allure to that which is mysterious, a thrill in the search of the valiant detective for the truth that draws us to (vicariously) join in the quest. Conspiracy theories take this allure to a whole new level.…

And I Quote—June 6

The true gospel is radically exclusive. Jesus is not a way; He is the way, and all other ways are no way at all. If Christianity would only move one small step toward a more tolerant ecumenicalism and exchange the definite article the for the indefinite article a, the scandal would be over, and the…

The Church: The Gospel Made Visible | Part Six

Chapter Thirteen: A Gathered Church: Putting Together the Membership of the Church “The physical gathering of the church presents a theological reality. The refractions of God’s image in thousands of cultures and races and millions upon millions of individuals is presented, however partially and imperfectly, in the weekly meeting. The visual witness of the diversity…

Friday Findings—June 3

3 Truths to Speak To Your Temptation “The temptation to sin is inevitable when you are a sinful person living in a sinful world. But the actual committing of sin is by no means inevitable when you are made a saint through Christ Jesus. Learn to speak truth, his truth, to every temptation.” 10 Ways…

Athanasius… Yet Speaking

What we have said is, indeed, no small proof of the destruction of death and of the fact that the cross of the Lord is the monument to His victory. But the resurrection of the body to immortality, which results henceforward from the work of Christ, the common Savior and true Life of all, is…

April 19, 1529

Five princes and fourteen cities formally protest the decision of the majority at the second diet (sort of like a parliament) of Speyer  to re-impose religious uniformity throughout the Holy Roman Empire. The first diet of Speyer, in 1526, had voted unanimously to give significant leeway to the individual princes and cities in religious matters—the protest…

Filters

Filters are useful and helpful things that typically demand little attention until there is a problem with them. When we ignore and neglect them, they impede the day-to-day operation of many items we use on a regular basis, such as a furnace, air conditioner, or dryer. For instance, I never think to monitor the vacuum cleaner’s…

And I Quote—May 30

And-I-QuoteSometimes standing against evil is more important than defeating it. The greatest heroes stand because it is right to do so, not because they believe they will walk away with their lives. Such selfless courage is a victory in itself.

N.D. Wilson, Dandelion Fire, (Random House, 2009), pg 173