Category: Theology For Life

The Unquenchable Flame: Discovering the Heart of the Reformation by Mike Reeves

The Unquenchable Flame: Discovering the Heart of the Reformation Reviewed by James Forbis The Unquenchable Flame: Discovering the Heart of the Reformation, by Michael Reeves, may be the most important book you can read this year in preparation for (or in celebration of) the 500th anniversary of the Reformation on October 31st. Although this book was published and released in 2010, it is important for pastors, lay leaders, and Christians of all stripes to be familiar with, and understand why, the Reformation still matters and must continue on. Reeves does a masterful job weaving the narrative of Martin Luther’s...

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Why Christians Should Read the Dead Guys

500 Years of the Reformation Why We Need Revival and Reformation Today “Thus says the LORD: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.” But they said ‘We will not walk in it.’ (Jeremiah 6:16, ESV) We are living in an unprecedented age of information. We used to say, “With just a click of a button you can get all the information you want on the internet.” We’ve taken even this incredible feature to the next level: we carry it...

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Is Calvinism Good for the Church?

500 Years of the Reformation Why We Need Revival and Reformation Today It’s an innocent question at first, “Is Calvinism good for the church?” Some people will not be alarmed by that question in any way, shape, or form. Others will think that this question doesn’t need to be asked at all. To them, Calvinism is a disease, a plague, a cancer that needs to be opposed with all their energy. Such people view Calvinism as opposed to the gospel, the Church, the Great Commission, and Biblical Christianity. Entire movements in entire denominations are focused to this end, on...

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What Is Revival and Where Do We Find It?

500 Years of the Reformation Why We Need Revival and Reformation Today The idea of revival originates in the reality that, on the one hand, God is the decisive giver of all spiritual life and, on the other hand, humans, even those who are born again and part of God’s covenant family, from time to time drift into a kind of lifelessness and lethargy and backsliding and indifference and weakness. And when you put those two together — God as the giver of life and man as ever drifting towards lifelessness — what you get is the need for...

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