'Rome' Tagged Posts

'Rome' Tagged Posts

REFORMATION 501 – THE HEIDELBERG DISPUTATION

Last year we marked the 500th anniversary of what most folks consider the starting pistol of the Lutheran Reformation – Luther’s hammering of the       95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Oct. 31. 1517.   With these theses or statements in Latin, Luther proposed a debate among…

THE CONSOLATION OF BRETHREN

In one of our Lutheran Confessions, The Smalcald Articles, Martin Luther talks about the different ways in which the Gospel gives us counsel and help.   Predictably he says, “Through the spoken Word…Secondly, through Baptism, Thirdly, through the holy Sacrament of the Altar, Fourthly through the power of the keys.”  And then Luther adds this neat little phrase:  “And also…

GOD’S JUSTICE FILES

There is, legally speaking, a different burden of proof needed to convict in a criminal trial as opposed to a civil trial.  There are judicial reasons. But after all the “legalese” has been explained, it’s still hard for the average Joe or Jane to figure out how O.J. could be “not guilty” of the murder of his wife, Nicole, and Ronald Goldman in a criminal trial – while at…

LIBERTY OR LICENSE?

Paul once framed an issue with a question so shocking that it hits us upside the head.  He asked the Christians at Rome:  “Shall we keep on sinning so that grace may increase?”  He hastened to answer:  ”Absolutely not!” There have always been people who turn liberty from sin into a license to sin.  Noting that Christ’s grace and forgiveness are full and free, they assume…

GOOD HABITS

Luke tells us that Jesus “went to Nazareth where He had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day He went into the synagogue, as was His custom…” We find similar statements throughout the four Gospels.  Each worship day, Jesus could be found in some synagogue or at the temple in Jerusalem.   Christ did not stand aloof from the family of believers, gathering only with the…