The Gospel is Sprinkled Throughout Scripture (Melanchthon)

Philip Melanchthon's Loci Communes Theologici (Fundamental Theological Themes) was published early on in the Reformation - in 1521 when Melanchthon was only 24 years old. Melanchthon's Loci is something of a summary of the main Christian themes in Scripture. Martin Luther hailed the Loci more than once and said it should be included in the… Continue reading The Gospel is Sprinkled Throughout Scripture (Melanchthon)

Praise-Seeking Pastors [or Shaggy Donkey Ears] (Luther)

I probably don't have to explain the celebrity pastor ethos that is a major problem in Christianity today. In fact, some pastors want to be famous and well-known. Social media has made this problem worse. Anyway, in the "Preface to the Wittenberg Edition of Luther's German Writings", Martin Luther had some cutting things to say… Continue reading Praise-Seeking Pastors [or Shaggy Donkey Ears] (Luther)

The Clarity of Scripture (Bavinck)

One wonderful aspect or attribute of Scripture is that it is clear in the matters of salvation. This has been called the perspicuity of Scripture. The Westminster Confession explains this teaching quite well in chapter 1, sections 6 & 7. One thing the Confession says is that both learned and unlearned people can attain a… Continue reading The Clarity of Scripture (Bavinck)

Redemption and Revelation (Vos/Horton)

 As we grow in the Christian faith we learn more about God's word (and vice-versa).  Sometimes we take huge steps in understanding Scripture and sometimes we take smaller steps. Either way, we're growing in grace and knowledge.  For me, one major area of growth in understanding Scripture was when I began to learn about the… Continue reading Redemption and Revelation (Vos/Horton)

Crespin, the Reformation, Martyrs, and Scripture (Manetsch)

 In his contribution to The Reformation and the Irrepressible Word of God, Scott Manetsch spends some time discussing a book by Jean Crespin.  Crespin was a French Protestant who found refuge in Geneva where he set up a printing press around 1550.  He printed all sorts of Reformation material, including commentaries, Bibles, catechisms, and so on.… Continue reading Crespin, the Reformation, Martyrs, and Scripture (Manetsch)