Postcards from Palookaville

Postcards from Palookaville

‘To be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant.’ So wrote John Henry Newman in his famous essay on doctrinal development. I have critiqued this comment from a confessional Reformed perspective in First Things and will do so again in a forthcoming collection of essays on the...
My favourite church history book of 2016 is Bruce Gordon’s John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion . I confess to being a little partisan: Bruce is my oldest scholarly friend since we were both postgraduates in Scotland in the late 80s and denizens of the Scottish Church...
My favourite church history book of 2016 is Bruce Gordon’s John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion . I confess to being a little partisan: Bruce is my oldest scholarly friend since we were both postgraduates in Scotland in the late 80s and denizens of the Scottish Church...
I’ve spent the last few months finishing up a book with Bob Kolb, the Luther scholar, entitled Between Wittenberg and Geneva: Lutheran and Reformed Theology in Conversation . It is due from Baker later next year. Bob is, for my money, the greatest living Luther scholar in the English-speaking...
Todd’s inaugural post as the new editor of this blog (all complaints to Pruitt from now on, please) makes a very good point and also highlights Fred Sanders’s fine review of Richard Rohr’s book on the Trinity . Sanders is witty and sharp as always – and rightly so, for the...
It's been interesting seeing some of the sharp rhetoric being used about Christian voting over the last few weeks, rhetoric that has if anything become more extreme in the last twenty-four hours. But here's the thing: if you are a pastor who thinks an evangelical who voted for Trump has...
Reformation Day 1516 brings us to the final year countdown to the 500th anniversary of Luther's call for a debate about the nature and scope of indulgences, the event which is popularly seen as the start of the Reformation. It promises to be a busy year for Luther maniacs like myself and here...
If reading about Luther’s life is essential as a means of orienting you to understanding his theology, the next thing is to read that theology for yourself. If you have Latin and German and access to a decent theological library, then the Weimar edition of Luther’s works is an option...
As October looms, so does Reformation season. And this year, of course, we stand on the threshold of the 500 th anniversary of the posting by Luther of his Ninety-Five Theses Against Indulgences . Next year will no doubt bring a bumper crop of Lutherana in its wake but in a series of posts over the...
As 2017, the 500th anniversary of the nailing of the Ninety-Five Theses to that infamous door, looms, we can expect a deluge of Luther materials. It is going to be the nearest thing to church history heaven on earth for those of us who love the Doc. Almost first out of the blocks, it seems, is an...