Growing up in the Reformed tradition, we did not observe the season of Lent. As with crucifixes, vestments, and other traditions within the Christian church, Lent was simply 'too Catholic' to be observed within our circles. At first blush, I suppose such an objection may seem valid, but it really won't hold up to any . . .
Several months ago, Joe Carter wrote a blog article titled 'Ten Deadly Trappings of Evangelism,' where he describes his concern for "the way in which evangelicals tend to embrace whatever trends and kitsch happen to be hot sellers at 'Christian' bookstores." As I read his post for the first time this morning, I . . .
The Holy Scriptures undeniably describe faith as the only thing necessary for salvation. They also teach that good works cannot justify a person before God or contribute in the least toward the attainment of salvation. The Old Testament says that Abram 'believed the Lord, and He counted it to him as righteousness' . . .
Luther and Lutherans aren't exactly known for being bold or fervent prayer warriors, which is unfortunate. In fact, quite the opposite is true. We are scorned by many Evangelicals for our prepared collects and carefully crafted prayers...though clearly the Holy Spirit is more glorified by extemporaneous prayers, right? . . .
Lutherans are often accused from without of being antinomian, in the pejorative sense, and teaching (formally or at least in practice) that God establishes no moral norms on the Christian believer. This unfortunate reality is nothing more than the result of poor doctrinal instruction mingled with our uncanny sinful ability to . . .
Martin Luther's ideas shook up the mid-sixteenth century Roman Catholic Church, and they continue to shake up the Christian world today. That said, no one that I know of looks to Luther often for progressive ideas about youth and children's ministry, which is a mistake. For those who aren't familiar with Luther's . . .