November 17, 2019

Reformation Sunday 2019: Can’t Buy Me Love

REFORMATION SUNDAY 2019 Can’t Buy Me Love (Luke 18:9-14) On this day, in our tradition, we commemorate Reformation Sunday. We recall the work of German reformer Martin Luther in the 16th century, who pointed out abuses, faulty teaching, and pastoral neglect in the churches of his day, and who sought to bring renewal and reform […]

Getting Ready for Reformation Sunday

Getting Ready for Reformation Sunday Note from CM: Sorry for the delay, but I had a very busy day. I just cleaned a lot of spam out of the comment thread. • • • The Gospel reading for this week is Luke 18:9-14, Jesus’ parable about the Pharisee and the tax collector. He also told […]

Another Look: The “Failed” Reformation

Another Look: 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 […]

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

Note from CM: Should be an interesting week. We just got back from Italy and I’ve been immersing myself in Franciscan ways. This Sunday, Reformation Sunday, will be my first week back in the pulpit at my ELCA Lutheran congregation for the rest of the fall, winter, and spring until Easter. We have invited Catholic […]

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. • • • […]