…His Undeserved Mercy Intervened (Augustine)

In his commentary on Romans 9:21-26 Martin Luther began explaining these verses with a great quote from Augustine. But before I share that quote, here are some of the verses Luther was commenting on: Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes… Continue reading …His Undeserved Mercy Intervened (Augustine)

I Believe! (Luther)

In 1520 Martin Luther wrote a brief explanation of the Ten Commandments, the Apostles' Creed, and the Lord's Prayer. This explanation came before his catechisms. While I was reading through it this morning, I came across this edifying section where Luther commented on the first part of the Creed, 'I believe in God the Father… Continue reading I Believe! (Luther)

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)