Category: Church History

John Knox and the Reformation – Iain Murray and Martyn Lloyd Jones

“The fact is that you simply cannot understand the history of Scotland unless you know something about the Protestant Reformation. It is the key to the understanding of the history of your great country in the last four hundred years.” So said, Martyn Lloyd-Jones in his short work, John Knox and the Reformation. Lloyd-Jones and Iain Murray combine forces to commend the life and ministry of John Knox in a book that should be read by young and old alike. Lloyd-Jones sets the context for the Protestant Reformation and alerts readers to the cultural and theological landscape that God...

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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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Biblical Authority After Babel: Retrieving the Solas in the Spirit of Mere Protestant Christianity (Kevin J. Vanhoozer)

“The problem is not biblical authority but how to negotiate the conflict of interpretation of that authoritative source” (21). Vanhoozer states the problem outright, the tension that we feel when we read our Bibles, individually and corporately. Most of us affirm the Word of God as authoritative, so that’s covered. But these questions remain, “How can one have say-so over another?” Also, “Why does this tradition have the right to make an authoritative interpretation of the Bible over against another?” Lastly, “How do we determine whose views are the one’s to follow, which ones are tolerable, and which ones...

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Theologians You Should Know

As a self-titled book nerd and Seminary survivor, I can humbly state there are many, many theologians for which I have at least a passing familiarity. It seems everyone gravitates towards certain scholars/theologians for a variety of reasons ranging from the subject matter that formed the locus of the author’s writings, to perhaps the way the theologian framed their points. Given the wide range of individuals, one can rightly claim they had a lasting influence and thus should be paid attention to, even though it is somewhat difficult to narrow down the list to a select few. Michael Reeves...

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Rescuing the Gospel: The Story and Significance of the Reformation by Erwin Luther

The 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation will soon arrive. A handful of evangelicals awaits this special day of celebration, when on October 31, 2017, they will remember Luther’s courageous act as he nailed the Ninety-Five Theses to the Castle Church in Wittenberg. Tragically, most will allow the day to pass by – completely unaware of the significance of the day. Dr. Erwin Lutzer’s new book, Rescuing the Gospel: The Story and Significance of the Reformation tell the fascinating tale of the Protestant Reformation and walks readers along a God-glorifying path that shine the spotlight on the central figures...

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