Author: David Steele

Long Before Luther: Tracing the Heart of the Gospel From Christ to the Reformation by Nathan Busenitz

Long Before Luther: Tracing the Heart of the Gospel From Christ to the Reformation by Nathan Busenitz recently hit the shelves. Busentiz sets out to discover whether or not the doctrine of justification by faith alone was taught and stressed before the days of the Protestant Reformation. Anyone familiar with the Reformers understands the motto, post tenabras lux (after darkness light). This little Latin phrase suggests that there was a darkness in the land in the days preceding the Reformation. Such an assertion is true; however, Busentiz asks whether or not any light existed at all. The answer is...

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Martin Luther: A Spiritual Biography

Herman Selderhuis, professor of church history at the Theological University Apeldoorn needs little introduction. His book, John Calvin: A Pilgrim’s Life was warmly received by many as he unpacked the Reformer’s life and legacy. Now the author makes his contribution to a growing list of books with Martin Luther: A Spiritual Biography. As we recently celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Selderhuis’s work is a fitting tribute to Luther and the many men and women who made a contribution in the sixteenth century. Selderhuis examines ten movements in Luther’s life including Child, Student, Monk, Exegete, Theologian, Architect,...

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Why the Reformation Still Matter by Michael Reeves and Tim Chester

October 31s, 2017, marks the 500 year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. This quin-centennial celebration is remarkable in many ways, as Protestants around the world will remember the accomplishments of the Reformers, most notably the bold move by Martin Luther in nailing the Ninety-Five Theses to the castle door at Wittenberg. Despite the widespread celebration of many who take delight in the rediscovery of the gospel, and the great doctrine of justification by faith alone, there is an ongoing debate concerning the relevance of the Reformation for our time. Michael Reeves and Tim Chester address this specific matter in...

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Soli Deo Gloria: To Glorify God Alone

500 Years of the Reformation Why We Need Revival and Reformation Today It has been said that Soli Deo Gloria is “the glue that holds the solas together”;[1] the way we view God influences everything about us. It influences how we parent our children. It influences our work ethic. Our view of God influences the way we relate to our spouse. It influences the way we worship. Indeed, the way we view God influences the way we live our daily lives. Defining the Glory of God Before we dig deeper into Soli Deo Gloria, we need to define the...

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Sola Gratia: Understanding Grace Alone

500 Years of the Reformation Why We Need Revival and Reformation Today On October 31st, 1517, Martin Luther hammered his now famous Ninty-Five Theses to the castle door at Wittenberg. It wasn’t long before his “beef” with Rome went viral and led to his excommunication. Less than four years later, Luther was summoned to appear at the Diet of Worms. He was asked if the books, which were publicly displayed, were his. Indeed they were, according to Luther. When Luther was asked to recant, his response reverberated throughout Germany and echoed around the world: “Unless I am convicted by...

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