Category Archives: Church history

Rediscovering the Scandalous God: Martin Luther’s Theology of the Cross (The Heidelberg Disputation of 1518)

Although we think of Luther’s famous 95 theses as sparking the Reformation in 1517, it would perhaps be more accurate to accord this honor to the theses that he prepared for the disputation in Heidelberg in 1518. It was at this event that … Continue reading

Posted in Church history, Dialectical theology, Doctrine of God, Justification, Law & Gospel, Martin Luther, Natural theology, Philosophy, Protestant theology, Reformation, Scholasticism, Suffering, Theologia crucis | Leave a comment

The Witness of Martin Luther to the Catholic Church of Today

As an introduction to this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the Catholic Church, under the auspices of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU), prepared and published the following statement [full text here]: In 1517 Martin Luther raised … Continue reading

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An Ocean of Love Unspeakable: Martin Luther’s Rediscovery of Christ’s Centrality (Reformission Monday)

It is Martin Luther week here at Reformissio! Last week I had the privilege (and fulfillment of a long-time desire) to visit Wittenberg, the home of Martin Luther and the birthplace of the Reformation. Living in Europe has its perks, one … Continue reading

Posted in Apostle Paul, Christology, Church history, Five Solas, Gospel, H.R. Mackintosh, Incarnation, Martin Luther, Mission & evangelism, Protestant theology, Protestantism, Reformation, Reforming Catholicism, Reformission, Roman Catholicism, Scholasticism, Theologia crucis | 2 Comments

More Fearsome than an Army of 10,000 Men: John Knox and the Power of Prayer (Reformission Monday)

The following is excerpted from Douglas Bond, The Mighty Weakness of John Knox (Lake Mary, FL: Reformation Trust, 2011), Kindle Locations 370-427. In 1909, on the four hundredth anniversary of the birth of John Calvin, civic and church leaders unveiled … Continue reading

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Forgotten in the Dust: Martin Luther, Scripture, and the Insignificance of Theological Writing (Reformission Monday)

This past Friday I had the privilege and opportunity to debate Don Ermis Segatti, an eminent Catholic priest and professor of theology, on the topic of Martin Luther and the start of the Reformation. Although both of our presentations were well … Continue reading

Posted in Church history, Five Solas, Martin Luther, Mission & evangelism, Protestant theology, Reformation, Reformission, Scripture, Sola Scriptura, Word of God

Reforming Rome: Karl Barth and Vatican II (according to D.W. Norwood)

Over the course of many posts that I have written on Roman Catholicism, Reformation, and Karl Barth — and especially on all three combined — it has sometimes been asked (or disputed), by Catholics and Protestants alike, if these subjects … Continue reading

Posted in Church history, Karl Barth, Pope Benedict XVI/Joseph Ratzinger, Protestantism, Reformation, Reformed theology, Reforming Catholicism, Reformission, Roman Catholicism

Post Tenebras Lux: After 500 Years, Can Reformation Finally Come to the Heart of Roman Catholicism?

No, your eyes do not deceive you. Yes, that is a picture of Martin Luther posted on the right in front of a Catholic Church in Italy in remembrance of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Don’t believe me? Here … Continue reading

Posted in Church history, Ecumenism, Five Solas, Italian evangelicalism, Italian Reformation, Italy, John Calvin, Martin Luther, Personal, Pope Benedict XVI/Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Francis, Protestantism, Reformation, Reforming Catholicism, Reformission, Roman Catholicism, Scripture

The Urgent Task of Waiting: Blumhardt and Barth on the World-Shaking Power of Patient Expectancy (Reformission Monday)

Reformission Monday is the time when I pause from writing in reformission to reflect on reformission itself. Reformission aims at fulfilling the church’s commission through reformation and renewal, bringing the gospel of Jesus Christ to bear on every sphere of human thought, … Continue reading

Posted in Church history, Karl Barth, Kingdom of God, Missiology, Mission & evangelism, Prayer, Reformission, Spiritual warfare

It’s All About Jesus! John Calvin on the Purpose and Meaning of Scripture

Writing the preface to the Genevan Bible of 1550, John Calvin set out to provide the reader with a sure guide for mining the riches out of the depths of the Word of God. What is this sure guide? Calvin … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical interpretation, Christology, Church history, Devotional, Doctrine of God, Gospel, John Calvin, Reformation, Reformed theology, Scripture

Beards Like Lions: Clement of Alexandria on the Mark of a Man

But for one who is a man to comb himself and shave himself with a razor, for the sake of fine effect, to arrange his hair at the looking-glass, to shave his cheeks, pluck hairs out of them, and smooth … Continue reading

Posted in Bearded theology, Church history, Patristic theology