To Elsie, My Dear Friend in Christ (Luther)

Here's a great Reformation resource: Luther's Letters to Women. It was originally translated by Georgiana Malcom and published in 1865. It contains quite a few letters Luther wrote to his wife Katherine and other female Christian friends of his. These letters are not just a window into the Reformer's historical context, life, and thought, they… Continue reading To Elsie, My Dear Friend in Christ (Luther)

Persecution and Providence (Calvin)

In 1557 the Reformed church in Paris was facing pretty severe persecution. In a letter that John Calvin wrote to the church in Paris during this time he mentioned his prayers for them and his desire to help them more. It seems like some Christians had attempted to send some sort of aid and helps… Continue reading Persecution and Providence (Calvin)

…Neither in Prayer, Merit, Nor Works… (Luther)

Yesterday I mentioned that I just got Luther's Letters from Logos for $28. I started reading a few today and immediately was convinced that this is an awesome set to own. I had to force myself to stop reading and get other work done! Anyway, below is a letter that Luther wrote to Johann von… Continue reading …Neither in Prayer, Merit, Nor Works… (Luther)

A Deadly Brew: Mixing Law and Gospel (Luther)

(This is a re-post from May 2015) In November 1532, some princes of Germany who were sympathetic to the Reformation invited Martin Luther to preach for them in Worlitz.  His text was 1 Timothy 1:5-7.  In the sermon, among other things, Luther explained to the princes the dangerous error of mixing God’s judgment seat and… Continue reading A Deadly Brew: Mixing Law and Gospel (Luther)

Race, Ethnicity and Scripture (Linne)

I'm very much enjoying Shai Linne's 2021 publication, The New Reformation. I'm about half-way through at this point and I only put it down because I have other work that must be done! I've appreciated Linne's music/lyrics in the past and I also appreciate his new book. The quote below is one of the excellent… Continue reading Race, Ethnicity and Scripture (Linne)