Category Archives: Suffering

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

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The New Heaven and the New Earth (T.F. Torrance on Revelation 21)

Revelation 21:1-4 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out … Continue reading

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The Kingdom of Heaven Suffers Violence (T.F. Torrance on Revelation 12)

Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And the great dragon was … Continue reading

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The Two Witnesses (T.F. Torrance on Revelation 11)

This post is dedicated to the estimated 90,000 Christians that were martyred in 2016 and who “conquered by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death” (Revelation … Continue reading

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Under the Fearful Cross: John Knox and the Cost of Reformission

Anyone who has followed this blog for any length of time will already be familiar with the concept of reformission. It is, of course, the overriding theme of all that I write about here at Reformissio. The idea of reformission is … Continue reading

Posted in Church history, Gospel, Italian Reformation, Italy, John Knox, Mission & evangelism, Protestantism, Reformation, Reformed theology, Reforming Catholicism, Reformission, Suffering

John Knox and the Unstoppable Power of a Fragile Weakness

My family and I are currently listening to the audiobook version of The Mighty Weakness of John Knox, a didactic biography written by Douglas Bond. The title of this book is indeed striking: the mighty weakness of John Knox. It is … Continue reading

Posted in Apostle Paul, Devotional, John Knox, Reformation, Suffering

The Seal of God (T.F. Torrance on Revelation 7)

After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, that no wind might blow on earth or sea or against any tree. Then I saw another angel … Continue reading

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The Weakness of God that Trumps the Power of Politics

The unsettling drama that has played out on the stage of American politics during this last presidential campaign has rightly, in my view, been called ‘historic’, though of course in a very negative sense. Although candidates typically resort to personal … Continue reading

Posted in American evangelicalism, Apostle Paul, Evangelical theology, Kingdom of God, Politics, Suffering

Beyond Chaos (T.F. Torrance on Revelation 4)

Daniel declared,”I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the great sea. And four great beasts came up out of the sea, different from one another…After this I saw in the night visions, and … Continue reading

Posted in Eschatology, Kingdom of God, Preaching, Providence, Revelation, Sin and evil, Sovereignty of God, Suffering, T.F. Torrance

The King and his Church (Revelation 2-3)

And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: “The words of the first and the last, who died and came to life. I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich) and the slander of those who say … Continue reading

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