Portraits of Protestants

Herman Bavinck: The Man and the Mind

Bavinck, the Man To the extent that Herman Bavinck is known among English-speaking, theologically aware people, he is known as a thinker and as the author of his four-volume Reformed Dogmatics. Now, no one can read the Reformed Dogmatics and fail to learn some...

Three Reasons to Celebrate Reformation Day

I have heard mature Protestant believers say that the Reformation was a tragedy. Certain aspects and outcomes were indeed tragic. Yet, how quick are we to discard the joy and truth, which also accompanied those decades of change! The Lord commanded the Israelites to...

4 Essential Ingredients of Reformed Preaching

4 Essential Ingredients of Reformed Preaching from Crossway on Vimeo. Letting God Speak The vision for reformed preaching is to bring a comprehensive worldview of what Scripture is presenting in terms of truth. What reformed preaching does is it aims to take all of...
The Forgotten Women of the Reformation

The Forgotten Women of the Reformation

The Forgotten Women of the Reformation from Crossway on Vimeo. The untold story of the Reformation is of the women of the Reformation. We tend to tell the story of all the men, and that's because they were pastors, and believe based on the teachings of Scripture, that...

2 Essential Doctrines of the Reformation

2 Essential Doctrines of the Reformation

2 Essential Doctrines of the Reformation from Crossway on Vimeo. Authority of Scripture The Reformation addressed many different theological issues, and as an entire movement, affected a reformation for the whole church. There were at least two issues—two doctrines...

Why the Reformation Isn’t Over

Why the Reformation Isn’t Over

 Why the Reformation Isn't Over from Crossway on Vimeo. More Than History People might think that the Reformation is irrelevant today—just a feature on the pages of history. And they may not like history so they might not find that at all interesting. People might...

10 Things You Should Know about the Reformation

10 Things You Should Know about the Reformation

1. The Pope started the Reformation. The fourteenth century was a bad time for the papacy. For a period, there were two rival popes and the papacy was under pressure from the French monarchy. It wasn’t a good time for the city of Rome either—seven successive popes...

Reformation Theology: Soli Deo Gloria

Reformation Theology: Soli Deo Gloria

Soli Deo Gloria – for the glory of God alone – is the motto that grew out of the Protestant Reformation. At the core of this motto is the pulse beat of Christianity – we have been saved by grace to the praise of His glorious grace (Eph. 1:6). All things lead to the...

Luther: The Monk of Wittenberg

Luther: The Monk of Wittenberg

When tasked with writing about Martin Luther, there are many ways to 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...

10 Things You Should Know about Reformed Theology

10 Things You Should Know about Reformed Theology

1. Reformed theology celebrates the glory of God. The heart and soul of Reformed theology is the glory of the triune God (Ps. 96:3; John 17:1). For this reason, it is often called “God-centered” theology. B. B. Warfield said, “The Calvinist, in a word, is the man who...

A Brief Introduction to the Life and Ministry of John Calvin

A Brief Introduction to the Life and Ministry of John Calvin

A Brief Introduction to the Life and Ministry of John Calvin from Crossway on Vimeo. God Changes Calvin’s Plans When we first meet John Calvin, we find him at the University of Paris, and he’s twelve years old. We sometimes make a big deal about the fact that he was a...

5 Myths about John Calvin

5 Myths about John Calvin

Dispelling Urban Legends Like many larger-than-life figures in the history of the church, the memory of the French Reformer John Calvin has been subjected to various distortions that amount to urban legends. Myth #1: Calvin had Michael Servetus executed. During what...

John Knox: The Founder of the Presbyterian Church

John Knox: The Founder of the Presbyterian Church

When we consider the Reformers, we may picture strong men and women with booming voices that echoed around the gathered crowd. We picture them as fearless, rebuking whoever contradicted the true teachings of Scripture, calling out heresy for what it was. But this...

Jan Hus “The Goosefather of the Reformation”

Jan Hus “The Goosefather of the Reformation”

Jan Hus was born in 1372 in the small bustling village of Hussenic, Bohemia, which is in modern-day Czech Republic. Ironically enough, his village's name means “Goosetown,” and his last name means “Goose,” but we’ll get to more of that later. Jan Hus was a common...