The Reformers tried to persuade their audience to live a life based on what Christ had done on the Cross for man. For Luther and the Reformation movement it was important to preach with simplicity and clarity.
On 31 October the Protestant Reformation is commemorated around the world, just over five centuries after Luther nailed his 95 theses in Wittenberg (Germany).
While we are in this life we are still engaged in waging war against sin, despite the fact that it has no lawful power over us.
Christianity departs from any kind of moralism. What is good news for Duch, is bad news for those who consider themselves too be good and righteous.
Gospel believers belong to Father Abraham.
Rome can be very softand adaptable in many respects, but the Eucharist is the core of its “Roman” identity and so it is strictly safeguarded.
Defining a Christian's relationship to the Law of Moses.
Let the Reformation continue… yes, but let it continue in the gospel terms of Scripture alone and Faith alone.
The 2013 document, signed by the Lutheran World Federation and the Roman Catholic Church in preparation for the 2017 Reformation anniversary, indicates the goal of an ecumenical trajectory for the two church bodies.
On the surface, the Pope’s comments on justification seem to be very biblical and indeed very Protestant.
Five hundred years later, the Solas give us as followers of Jesus our identity. When people ask, “What makes you an evangelical?”, we can respond with the five solas.
Speaking in Wittenberg on 31 October, the German Chancellor said the Reformation anniversary is “a great opportunity to strengthen the awareness about the Christian roots in our society”.
Theologian Michael Reeves explores some of the lessons we can learn from how the Reformers learned to preach Christ half a millennia ago.
We sometimes receive strong criticism from evangelical Christians over our friendly interaction with senior Roman Catholic leaders. A response by Thomas Schirrmacher and Thomas K. Johnson.
I have attempted to demonstrate that the Catholic and Protestant systems of salvation are mutually exclusive, and that ecumenical dialogue must take seriously the distance that the word “alone” puts between them.
Key doctrines that characterize the church’s preaching during seasons of revival.
For the Catholic Church, “by grace alone” means that grace is intrinsically, constitutionally, and necessarily linked to the sacrament, and thus to the Church that administers it.
The only way the Reformation could possibly not still matter would be if beauty, goodness, truth, joy and human flourishing no longer mattered.
Theologian Don Carson spoke on the freedom offered by the gospel. Rising numbers of children and youth among the 4,000 conventioners visiting the English Lake District each week.
A week of lectures, seminars, and discussions to study and evaluate Roman Catholic theology and practice.
In Wittenberg, the WCRC signed the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification (1999).
With Pope Francis the Roman Catholic Church is simply becoming more “catholic”, i.e. embracing and absorbing all, without losing its being “Roman”.
In assessing the ecumenical scene, the risk of looking at Lund without being aware of what happens in Rome is real.
Four Differences between Justification and Sanctification.
“The aim of the JDDJ is to find commonalities, not differences. But with that comes a lopsided methodology that obscures those differences”, says theologian Michael Reeves.