Results tagged “Word of God” from Reformation21 Blog

The Necessity of Preaching

Article by   April 2017
Salvation is an expansive term. It essentially means "safety." Salvation includes the application of Christ's work from the new birth, through faith and repentance, to Justification, adoption, sanctification, and glorification. Christians share in Christ's benefits because they are united... continue

The Missing Message

Article by   September 2016
While preparing talks for a forthcoming Reformation Conference, I happened across Heiko Oberman's outstanding 1961 Theology Today lecture, "Preaching and the Word in the Reformation," in which he set down what he believed to have been the three most important... continue

John Calvin on the True Church

Article by   May 2016
When is a "church" not a church? How do we recognize the true church of Jesus Christ? And how do we discern the false? Calvin's answer, in the Institutes 4.2.1 - 4.2.12, to what was in his day--and remains--an important question,... continue

Justification by God's Word of Promise Alone

Article by   March 2016
"One thing," Martin Luther writes in the Freedom of a Christian (1520), "and only one thing, is necessary for Christian life, righteousness, and freedom. That one thing is _______." Knowing Luther to be the author, we're quick to assume that "faith" belongs... continue

Apologetics & the Power of God's Word (including a little more from Origen)

Article by   December 2014
The primary apologetic value of the efficacy of God's word is obvious: the gospel is the power of God to save everyone who believes and the instrument the Spirit ordinarily uses to bring people to faith and keep and grow... continue

Bavinck on Speech Acts and the Power of God's Word

Article by   November 2014
It seems as though some version of speech act theory--the rather simple but significant observation that we use words to do things--pokes out from under every stone in evangelical discussions of Scripture these days. This has been the case at... continue

On the Word, Wittenberg Beer, and Christian vs Islamic Expansion

Article by   November 2014
"I can drive no man to heaven or beat him into it with a club." So observed Luther on March 11th, 1522, in a sermon to Wittenberg parishioners. Though his point was rather obvious, Luther felt compelled to make it... continue

The Visible Word

Article by   November 2014
Jason HelopoulosChristward CollectiveI was visiting a church once and heard an exchange between a pastor and one of his congregants that has stayed with me ever since. A woman asked the pastor before the service, "Is the video this morning... continue

Finders and keepers

Article by   February 2014
I have just seen two profoundly moving videos at Justin Taylor's blog. The second I have seen before: the Kimyal tribe of West Papua, Indonesia, receiving New Testaments in their own language for the first time. The first, equally telling,... continue

"Come, merciful and mighty God"

Article by   July 2012
C.M. (Brent)Come, merciful and mighty God,And break these hearts of stone:Your word the heavenly instrument,The power yours alone.These stubborn wills conform to yours;To feeble minds give light;Put fire into these empty hearts;Exert your gracious might.Give life where death is ruling... continue

Fire in the dry sticks

Article by   March 2012
It is usually after I have thought through or more formally prepared the introduction to a sermon that I again sit back and remember to pray. I do not mean that I should not or do not pray until that... continue

Hidden in the heart

Article by   March 2012
We are repeatedly warned that the interweb, not least Google (other search engines are available), is changing the way we think, the way we remember. Tech gurus tell us that no longer do we remember information, we remember where to... continue
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