Holy Week, Ceremonies, Rituals, and Reformed Churches (Miller)

This time of year it's hard to miss the emphasis on Lent, Ash Wednesday, Holy Thursday, and so on. Many churches celebrate these rituals and ceremonies - even churches that are not in the Roman Catholic family. Speaking of, for Rome, this time of year means a full assortment of rituals, ceremonies, feasts, fasts, vigils,… Continue reading Holy Week, Ceremonies, Rituals, and Reformed Churches (Miller)

Pastors Protecting People from the Real God? (Lovelace)

This section of Richard Lovelace's The Dynamics of Spiritual Life caught my eye this morning. The following quote comes right after Lovelace's mention of the Protestant Reformation and its emphasis on Scripture's teaching about the holiness of God, the sinfulness of man, and man's need for justification by faith, not works. Subsequent generations, however, gradually… Continue reading Pastors Protecting People from the Real God? (Lovelace)

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)

The Christian’s Sacred Calling (Veith)

God did not create people to be idle and lazy do-nothings. Even in the beginning, the Lord put Adam and Eve in the garden to keep it, work it, and exercise dominion over it (Gen. 1:28; 2:15). As Christians, we can think of our work in terms of God's calling (or vocation). This is a… Continue reading The Christian’s Sacred Calling (Veith)

Justified by Faith without the Law and Works (Bullinger)

Here's a nice excerpt on justification by faith alone by Henry Bullinger. It's found in the first Decade of Bullinger's sermons. I've edited it slightly for readability: But, honored brothers in the Lord, good works here come into no jeopardy to be set aside, because of this doctrine, which teaches that faith alone justifies. Thus… Continue reading Justified by Faith without the Law and Works (Bullinger)