September 21, 2019

The Coming Roman Catholic Collapse?

If the structure of clericalism is not dismantled, the Roman Catholic Church will not survive, and will not deserve to. • James Carroll • • • James Carroll, former priest from the Vatican II era, Boston Globe columnist and author, has written a devastating and poignant call for a complete reformation of the Roman Catholic […]

Luther’s Deadly Doctrine

UPDATE: Added a paragraph below, showing how Luther’s hymn “A Mighty Fortress” applies to this subject. • Luther’s Deadly Doctrine I had made up my mind to write no more either about the Jews or against them. But since I learned that those miserable and accursed people do not cease to lure to themselves even […]

Tuesday with Michael Spencer: Letting Some of the Air Out of the Reformation Day Balloon

Note from CM: Here’s another post from Michael Spencer today on the Reformation, while I work on a piece for tomorrow that is timely — about the antisemitism in Europe during the Reformation, and Martin Luther’s complex and ultimately abhorrent perspective on the Jewish people. • • • Tuesday with Michael Spencer Letting Some of […]

Reformation Day Sermon 2018

Reformation Day Sermon 2018 They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on […]

Reformation Week (2018): Another Look: God’s Righteousness

Note from CM: This coming Sunday our church, along with others around the world, will commemorate Reformation Sunday. I thought it would be fitting to look at some thoughts about this momentous movement in church history for a few days this week in preparation. • • • Another Look: God’s Righteousness I’m not ashamed of […]

Fridays with Michael Spencer: November 4, 2016

Note from CM: For a time Michael Spencer called himself a “Calvinist” and dwelt among the reformed. But he recognized pretty soon that there were a lot of ways he didn’t fit in. For our final “reformation consideration” this week, we present this address MS made to his friends in that world. • • • […]

Reformation Week 2015: The “Failed” Reformation

Like all of us, Martin Luther didn’t always remember or apply his own theology in the face of life’s realities. The following story by David Lose illustrates this. This past summer I was visiting Wittenberg and heard a story about Martin Luther I hadn’t heard before that seems appropriate for those observing Reformation Sunday this […]

Reformation Week 2015: Another Look — God’s Righteousness

I’m not ashamed of the good news; it’s God’s power, bringing salvation to everyone who believes — to the Jew first, and also, equally, to the Greek. This is because God’s covenant justice is unveiled in it, from faithfulness to faithfulness. As it says in the Bible, “the just shall live by faith.” – Romans […]

Reformation Week 2015 — David Lose on The Pharisee, the Tax Collector, and the Reformation

Reformation Week 2015 Reformation Day is October 31 Note from CM: I love the article by David Lose from 2013 at Working Preacher that I reference in this post: “The Pharisee, the Tax Collector, and the Reformation.” I encourage you to read it in its entirety. It is a wonderful statement about the subversive nature […]

Reformation Week 2015 — Michael Spencer on the Reformation

Reformation Week 2015 Reformation Day is October 31 Note from CM: We begin our Reformation Week posts with an excerpt from a 2007 piece by Michael Spencer, called “Letting Some of the Air Out of the Reformation Balloon.” • • • My reading on Luther and the Reformation has changed my mind about a lot […]