Category Archives: Suffering

“We Only Have God”: Learning about the Hell-Storming Power of Prayer from the Church in China (Reformission Monday)

The following post is excerpted from David Wang, “Lessons from the Prayer Habits of the Church in China,” in Teach Us To Pray, ed. D.A. Carson (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2002), 247-254. The phenomenal growth of the church in China … Continue reading

Posted in Missiology, Mission & evangelism, Prayer, Reformission, Spiritual warfare, Suffering

Serving and Suffering Under the Cross: Martin Luther on the Visible Sign of the Militant Church (Reformission Monday)

As I suggested in my post “Rediscovering the Scandalous God“, Martin Luther’s concept of the “theology of the cross”, as opposed to the “theology of glory”, is one that has significant implications for the mission of the church. Luther himself … Continue reading

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“Nothing Other Than Sheer Life”: Martin Luther on Preparing to Die (1519)

In 1519, Martin Luther preached a sermon in which he offered counsel on the importance and manner of preparing to die. This message has become particularly relevant to me in light of the passing of a dear family member. In … Continue reading

Posted in Assurance, Christology, Church history, Martin Luther, Reformation, Resurrection, Sin and evil, Suffering, Theologia crucis, Union with Christ | 2 Comments

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 | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Eschatology, Gospel, Judgment of God, Mission & evangelism, Prophets & prophecy, Suffering, T.F. Torrance, Word of God | 1 Comment

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

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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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