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)

Trials and the Artificer’s Gold (Wyche)

 In the early 15th century, John Wycliffe's influence was still being felt in the Western church even outside of England.  However, many church leaders were not fans of Wycliffe's critique of the church nor did they favor a major reformation of the church.  In fact, in a papal decree Pope Gregory XI called Wycliffe "the… Continue reading Trials and the Artificer’s Gold (Wyche)

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)