Category Archives: Luther/Lutheranism

The Salvation of God

Lowell Green concludes his excellent analysis of Reformed interpretation of I Timothy 2:4: The dire consequences of claiming human freedom in spiritual matters are staggering. Thereby, salvation is wrested from the hands of God and placed into uncertain human hands. … Continue reading

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Exhortation: Pardon is Grace

On this day, we celebrate the Reformation. More specifically, we celebrate the nailing of Luther’s 95 theses to the Wittenberg Wall. We speak of the 95 theses, but very few people have actually read them. Unless you are aware of … Continue reading

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DeYoung, DeRestless & DeRealLiteralLutheran Ninjitsu

I am a happy Calvinist, but I have a particular love for my Lutheran brothers. This is a fine response to Kevin DeYoung’s question in his post What’s Up With The Lutherans? Fisk makes a couple historical assumptions such as the fact … Continue reading

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Luther and The Small Catechism

Luther in his preface to The Small Catechism writes why it became necessary to write it: The deplorable, miserable condition which I discovered lately when I, too, was a visitor, has forced and urged me to prepare [publish] this Catechism, or … Continue reading

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Living the Double Life

Luther says that in Christ every Christian leads a kind of double life. In Philemon, Paul is not just a prisoner, he is also the embodiment of Christ, who reconciles and pays our debts. Lutheran scholar John Nordling observes: There … Continue reading

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O Lord, Look Down From Heaven, Behold by Martin Luther

From Martin Luther: Hymns, Ballads, Chants, Truth page 26-27: “A paraphrase of Psalm 12, this hymn was written in 1523, the same time as many of Luther’s other psalm-hymns. It was published in the first Lutheran hymnal, Achtliederbuch, of 1524. … Continue reading

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Lenten Quote, Day 3

Lent has become mere mockery because our fasting is a perversion and an institution of man. For although Christ did fast forty days, yet there is no word of his that he requires us to do the same and fast … Continue reading

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Martin Luther on the role of princes and potentates…

Parents keep their children with greater diligence and care than rulers and governors keep their subjects. Fathers and mothers are masters naturally and willingly; it is a self-grown dominion; but rulers and magistrates have a compulsory mastery; they act by … Continue reading

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Catholics and Romans 13

In a recent conversation with a Lutheran pastor here in Milton, Florida we discussed the nature of the Roman Catholic revelations of abuse in the church,which has been going on for decades. In my mind, the issue boils down to … Continue reading

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Martin Luther and the Two-Kingdom Theology

Wedgeworth continues his review of William Wright’s Martin Luther’s Understanding of God’s Two Kingdoms.

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Happy Reformation!

Unless I am convinced by Scripture and by plain reason and not by Popes and councils who have so often contradicted themselves, my conscience is captive to the word of God. To go against conscience is neither right nor safe. … Continue reading

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Lutheran and Reformed traditions…

When I studied Reformation History in seminary, Dr. Frank James was always clear in defining the distinctions that arose during the Reformation. He was always careful to differentiate the various traditions. One clear distinction was the Lutheran and Reformed traditions. … Continue reading

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Calvinism: A Comprehensive Worldview

Calvinism, from its earliest days, has expressed a comprehensive worldview. This does not mean that Calvinism has developed a distinctly Christian identity in every area; neither does it mean that the area Calvinism claims has been fully faithful to Biblical … Continue reading

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The New Lutheran on the block

One of my dearest friends has become a Lutheran. Some weeks ago we discussed about our experiences and how God has led us to where we are. John and I went to college together, roomed together, and grew in our … Continue reading

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This is My Body: A Reformational Comparison of Calvin and Luther’s Sacramentology, Part VI CONCLUSION

Calvin and Luther had many things in common. Both believed firmly that the Eucharist was a means of grace. 1 The elements nourished the believer and prepared them for their labors in the Lord. Calvin says that the Eucharist is … Continue reading

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This is My Body: A Reformational Comparison Between Calvin and Luther’s Sacramentology, Part V

For Luther, Jesus’ words were simple and clear. And for those who would oppose its literal rendering he had strict condemnation. According to Luther’s crucial work on the words of Jesus called: “That these words of Christ, ‘This is my … Continue reading

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An Analysis of Luther’s Understanding of the Fruit of the Spirit and Its Implications for our Sanctification Part III

Interestingly, instead of relating “goodness” in Paul’s list as referring to a sort of benevolent human nature, Luther relates it to social matters. Once again the fruit of the Spirit are seen as outward manifestations of a new life. For … Continue reading

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An Analysis of Luther’s Understanding of the Fruit of the Spirit and Its Implications for our Sanctification Part II

Before we enter into an analysis of Luther’s view of the Fruit of the Spirit, it is important to quote Paul in Galatians. Galatians 5:22-23 reads: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, … Continue reading

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An Analysis of Luther’s Understanding of the Fruit of the Spirit and Its Implications for our Sanctification Part I

Professor Sinclair Ferguson has said that “All the energy of the Trinity for our salvation has been focused on transforming us into Christ-likeness.”[1] Christ-likeness is our greatest goal in this present existence. Far from the existentialist who desires to live … Continue reading

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