Becoming a Christian Cheaply (Kierkegaard)

I don't always agree with the Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard (d. 1855), but he always gets me thinking. For example, I recently read his essay For Self Examination, which has a section on Martin Luther, faith, and works. Although he doesn't use the terms, Kierkegaard was talking about legalism and antinomianism. Here's part of that… Continue reading Becoming a Christian Cheaply (Kierkegaard)

The Three Uses of the Law (Luther)

┬áHere's a great Reformation treatment on the purposes (or uses) of God's law. "What purposes does the Law then serve?"First, the Law helps to control violent outbursts of sin and keeps order in the world (a curb).Second, the Law accuses us and shows us our sin (a mirror).Third, the Law teaches us Christians what we… Continue reading The Three Uses of the Law (Luther)

A Preacher Who Does Not Preach God’s Word (Luther)

In a Christmas Day sermon in 1521 Martin Luther preached on the advent story in Luke 2. Luther touched on many points in this sermon, including the message of the angels and the reality that Christ is the fulfillment of so many Old Testaments promises and prophecies. At one point when Luther was talking about… Continue reading A Preacher Who Does Not Preach God’s Word (Luther)

Suffering…as a Christian (Luther)

Many of us have read the words of 1 Peter 4:15-16 more than a few times: "If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you… Continue reading Suffering…as a Christian (Luther)

The Disastrous Work of Spoiling Your Children (Luther)

Christian parents should, of course, lovingly teach their children the truths of the Christian faith. Christian parents should also do their best to model the Christian faith well, by God's grace. We need teach our kids theological truths and truths about morality and ethics - even ethics like working with our hands, being self-sufficient, and… Continue reading The Disastrous Work of Spoiling Your Children (Luther)