'Dr. Martin Luther' Tagged Posts

'Dr. Martin Luther' Tagged Posts

REFORMATION REVIEW

For Luther, the storm began in his own troubled heart in the monastery at Erfurt.  He learned quickly enough that his best efforts and sincerest attempts at devotion were not enough to erase the stain of sin from his heart.  For that he needed Christ. And Christ is whom he found when Dr. Staupitz sent him to study the Bible, to teach theology at the new university in Wittenberg, and to serve as pastor and preacher at the Town Church…

BACK TO THE BEGINNING

In the next few months we will go back to the beginning, to the opening chapters of Genesis.  The first eleven chapters of Genesis take us back to when the world was young. Dr. Martin Luther wrote a massive commentary on Genesis – 8 volumes when translated into English.  He continued to polish that work until shortly before he died.  He called Genesis “the most beautiful book in the world.” The last century or so has not been as kind…

THE AUGSBURG CONFESSION – JUNE 25, 1530

On this date in history (June 25, 1530), 487 years ago, the Augsburg Confession was presented by our Lutheran forefathers to Emperor Charles V. Dr. Martin Luther, with a price on his head ever since his famous stand before the emperor at Worms in 1521, corresponded with the Lutheran princes and theologians from the Castle Coburg by a sort of pony-express arrangement.  This arrangement was meant to protect the great reformer.  Even Luther’s most powerful friends were not sure they…

WHAT IS A “CONFESSIONAL” LUTHERAN?

The Gospels record how Peter boldly confessed His faith in Jesus as the promised Messiah, the Christ, the Son of the living God.   The word for “confess” in the language of the Bible literally means “to say the same thing.” When we “confess” our sins, we are “saying the same thing” God says about us.   We are agreeing with what God tells us about ourselves.  We are admitting that we are sinners in need of Christ’s forgiveness. When we…

WHEN THE CROWDS GO HOME

In the spring of 1521 Dr. Martin Luther was summoned to appear before emperor Charles V on charges of disrupting the church with his teachings. On April 7th he preached what he thought might be his farewell sermon in the church of his old monastery at Wittenberg.  The crowds spilled over into the courtyard.  The students in his lecture room swelled to 400. It took Luther and his group over a week by horse-drawn wagon to reach the city of…

“A MIGHTY FORTRESS IS OUR GOD!”

Psalms were meant to be sung.  The book of Psalms is the hymnbook of the Bible.  We no longer know what melodies the Hebrew people sang to the Hebrew words.  But we have based many of our own hymns on the psalms. “The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress,” says Psalm 46.  This is a mighty psalm.  It is the psalm on which Dr. Martin Luther based what many call “the battle hymn of…

FORSAKEN?

“Has God forsaken me?” is the question which “cross-examines” your heart and mine on this Good Friday. Christ Himself asked the chilling question on Calvary:  “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” After hours of meditating on these words, Dr. Martin Luther threw down his pen and said:  “God forsaken by God!?  Who can understand that?!” Jesus borrowed these words from Psalm 22 in which King David foretold even the piercing of Christ’s hands and feet a thousand…