Category: Theology For Life

Who is Jonathan Edwards?

500 Years of the Reformation Why We Need Revival and Reformation Today In order to gather a sense of Jonathan Edwards’ titanic legacy in American religious history, one needs only to survey the host of nicknames ascribed to him by various scholars through the years. In 1988, Robert Jenson pronounced Edwards “America’s theologian”. For the seemingly endless shadow he still casts upon American Protestantism, Richard Niebuhr boldly declared Edwards to be “the American Augustine” (1937). In an early eighteenth century, New England, dominated intellectually by English and Continental authors, it was a Congregationalist preacher’s son from rural East Windsor,...

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Who is Martin Luther?

500 Years of the Reformation Why We Need Revival and Reformation Today   When tasked with writing about Martin Luther there are many ways in which one can approach the man. There are books on his influence on the Christian life, biographies aplenty, commentaries on his Tabletalk’s, commentaries on his letters and writings, there are even books devoted to the sheer volume of pithy sayings he had. I myself am quite fond of The Wit of Martin Luther and find the collection of sayings to be useful in sermon prep or whenever I want to rib one of my...

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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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Reforming Mission: How the Reformation Informs the Task of Missions

500 Years of the Reformation Why We Need Revival and Reformation Today   Over the past several decades there has been considerable debate among Christians regarding this question, “Should the term “mission” be used exclusively to refer to the task of evangelism and disciple-making, or can it be broadened to include socially-oriented activities?” Some missiologists, for example, see mission as “as everything God wills to do in the world, whether through the church or outside it.”[i] It can include anything that people do that reflects God’s will for creation including “the pursuit of justice, the furthering of human dignity,...

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Being John Calvin

500 Years of the Reformation Why We Need Revival and Reformation Today Born on July 10, 1509, in Noyon, Picardy, in northern France, John Calvin was raised in a family of deeply committed Roman Catholics. Calvin would long remember his mother taking him on pilgrimages to see the relics of the saints, while his father, the financial administrator of the cathedral of Noyon, sought to arrange things so that John would become a priest like his older brother Charles (d.1537). At the age of fourteen, in 1523, Calvin went up to Paris to realize his father’s dream. After initial...

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