A Brief History of Reformation Day

The son of a copper miner, Martin Luther was an exceptionally bright young man. He began studying law at the university level when he was only 13, and he completed his degree in the shortest amount of time allowed. When he was 21, Luther nearly died in a severe thunderstorm. He thought God was threatening him so in the middle of pouring rain and booming thunder, Luther vowed, “I will become a Monk if you save me!” After becoming a Roman Catholic monk, Luther grew to be terrorized by God’s wrath because of his sin. Luther had a tremendously sensitive … Continue reading A Brief History of Reformation Day

Justification by Tweet

Late last week, I tweeted something that I thought was pretty funny, clever, and theologically informed. (The Tweet has since been deleted, and I won’t tell you what I wrote. The content of the tweet isn’t important and it won’t benefit anyone if I repeat it here.) I came home later that day and after talking to Carly she gently rebuked me about my Tweet. She said, “You know, that was really unnecessary. You kind of seemed like the theology police.” What happened next can only be attributed to the Holy Spirit: I had this overwhelming sense that I actually needed … Continue reading Justification by Tweet

Martin Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses

Martin Luther helped spark a revival in the church that continues today. If you worship Jesus at any Protestant congregation, you can thank this German monk. The son of a copper miner, Martin Luther was an exceptionally bright young man. He began studying law at the university level when he was only 13, and he completed his degree in the shortest amount of time allowed. When he was 21, Luther nearly died in a severe thunderstorm. He thought God was threatening him so he vowed, “I will become a Monk if you save me!” As a Roman Catholic monk, Luther … Continue reading Martin Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses

Jesus: Son of God, Son of Man

I’m starting an in-depth study of Romans, so throughout this year as I work through the book I’ll post some of my notes here on the blog.  Here are some thoughts from Romans 1:3-4: Paul says that the gospel of God is directly “concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord.”  The gospel is never removed from the person and work of Jesus Christ.  Paul does not give a … Continue reading Jesus: Son of God, Son of Man

Try to be absolutely clear when you say, “I am a Christian”

I don’t really like labels in Christianity, because on the surface, they seem to divide people who are Christians.  That can be true.  But it is also true that labels can be helpful when talking to people who are not Christian, but say they are.  In today’s pluralistic, postmodern, theological buffet-type culture, we must be able to distinguish our beliefs from other false ideas about Christianity. To say to someone, “I’m a Christian,” is biblically correct, and should be sufficient (it would have been in the first century).  At the same time a friend might say to me, “I’m a … Continue reading Try to be absolutely clear when you say, “I am a Christian”

What Justification by Faith Says About God

I’ve been studying justification by faith for the past couple weeks.  I’m sure there are many other things, but as I studied Galatians 2 and 3, I thought of ten things that this doctrine says about God: He wants all the glory in the universe for himself. He wants man to be saved by faith so that they have no reason for boasting. He wants man to praise him for his promise and for his faithfulness in keeping it. He is sovereign and just in that he declares some righteous and some unrighteous. He is good in providing ill-deserving sinners … Continue reading What Justification by Faith Says About God