Luther at 500–Credo Magazine

 
The year 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The reformer who ignited this Reformation was none other than Martin Luther. But who was Luther, why was his understanding of God’s grace so radically different than Rome’s, and what was his contribution to the Reformation as a whole? These are the type of questions this new issue of Credo Magazine,
“Luther at 500,” aims to answer as we turn our attention not only to Luther’s life but to Luther’s doctrine.
 
Click this Link  for the full article and related stories.
 
  • “The Priesthood of All believers:  Ministry to Match the Message of the Gospel” by Chase R. Kuhn
  • “Benefitting from Luther’s Small Catechism – as a Calvinist” by Daniel Hyde
  • “The Life of Martin Luther” by Anthony T. Selvaggio
  • “By God’s Grace:  Rome and Luther on Salvation” by Timo Laato
 
Interviews:
  • Martin Luther and the doctrine of vocation:  A matter of discipleship by Derek Brown
  • Resources for teaching your children about the Reformation by Timothy Raymond
  • How the Bible started Luther’s revolution by Brandon D. Smith
  • Luther’s 95 Theses by Matthew Barrett


What Does Washington Have to Do with Jerusalem?

What Does Washington Have to Do with Jerusalem?
a Talk by Senator Ben Sasse
 
[Ben Sasse] What Does Washington Have to Do with Jerusalem?
[Ben Sasse] What Does Washington Have to Do with Jerusalem?
“Sadly there are too many of us that, too much of the time, act like something as mundane as politics might possibly be the answer to why we weep and why we hope. That’s an absurd answer. The answer for why we weep and why we hope is because our God is coming quickly, and he is a liberating king, and he is the ruler of the city that has foundations, the hope of the nations.”
 
Speaker: Senator Ben Sasse
Date: April 4, 2017
Event: The Gospel Coalition 2017 National Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana
 
Ben Sasse was elected in 2014 as a United States senator representing Nebraska. He earned a PhD in American history and served for five years as president of Midland University. He is a member of Grace Church (PCA) in Fremont, Nebraska.


Do Paul and James Disagree?

Do Paul and James Disagree on Justification by Faith Alone?
by Thomas Schreiner for 
The Gospel Coalition
 
Critics of the slogan “faith alone” often point out that Scripture only speaks once about whether we are justified by faith alone-and that text denies it: “You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone” (James 2:24, CSB).

What does James mean in saying we are justified by works?

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God Will Give You More Than You Can Handle

God Will Give You More Than You Can Handle
by Mitch Chase for The Gospel Coalition
 
Christians can make the strangest claims when comforting those who are suffering. What do you say to someone whose life is falling apart? If you have but few precious minutes with a person who’s lost a job, home, spouse, child, or all sense of purpose, what comfort do you give?

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Pray for Your Pastor

 8 Prayers You Should Regularly Pray for Your Pastor
 
by Stephen Altrogge for The Aquila Report
 
Pastoral ministry is a business unlike any other. It is a dangerous business. A sacred business. A business where the souls of people are at stake.
I was a pastor for many years, so I have a feel for the perils and pleasures of ministry. It’s very hard, supremely rewarding work.

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The Shack and the Second Commandment

 Why I Won’t Be Seeing (or reviewing) The Shack Movie
by Tim Challies
 
The day The Shack sold its hundred thousandth copy, it became likely there would be a movie adaption. The day it sold its millionth, it became practically guaranteed. And, sure enough, it comes to theaters March 3, starring Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, and Tim McGraw.

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The Heresy behind The Shack

What Does The Shack Really Teach?
“Lies We Believe About God” Tells Us
by Tim Challies
 
The Shack has sold twenty million copies and along the way generated at least twenty million conversations. Many of these have been attempts to discern the fact behind the fiction, to interpret what Paul Young means to teach through his story. Some have read the novel as a fresh expression of Christian orthodoxy while others have read it as rank heresy. In the end, only Young knows what he really believes.

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The Sovereign God of “Elfland”

The Sovereign God of Elfland
Why Chesterton’s Anti-Calvinism Doesn’t Put me Off
by John Piper
 
Ever since my days at Wheaton College, when I followed Clyde Kilby’s advice to read G. K. Chesterton’s Orthodoxy, it has been one of my favorite books. I think it’s the only book I have read more than twice (except for the Bible).
 
This is strange. Not only was Chesterton a Roman Catholic, he also hated Calvinism. So what’s up with me and Orthodoxy? I still think at least half a dozen Roman Catholic distinctives are harmful to true Christian faith (e.g., papal authority, baptismal regeneration, transubstantiation, justification as impartation, purgatory, the veneration of Mary). And I think “the doctrines of grace” (“Reformed theology,” “Calvinism”) are a precious and healthy expression of biblical doctrine.
 

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Adoption

First Comes Love, Then Comes Adoption
by Aaron Menikoff for 
The Gospel Coalition
 
 
Superman. Snow White. Harry Potter. Luke Skywalker. Princess Leia. Peter Pan.
 
Why do so many inspiring stories have orphans as main characters?

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Author of The Shack

Scandalized by the Substitute:  
A Response to Young and Gungor
by Owen Strachan for 
The Gospel Coalition
The doctrine of atonement for sin is-or at least has been-at the center of Christian faith and practice since Jesus’s earthly ministry. But in recent days, various voices have raised objections to the cross. Musician Michael Gungor 
called the atonement “evil” and “horrific” on Twitter, decrying a God who would mandate blood sacrifice for sin. William Paul Young, author of the 20-million-copy-selling The Shack, concurs. In his new Lies We Believe About God, Young says of Christ’s death:
 
Who originated the Cross? . . . If God did, then we worship a cosmic abuser, who in Divine Wisdom created a means to torture human beings in the most painful and abhorrent manner. Frankly, it is often this very cruel and monstrous god that the atheist refuses to acknowledge or grant credibility in any sense. And rightly so. Better no god at all, than this one.
 
Don’t miss this: The most popular Christian writer in our time labels the biblical God a “cosmic abuser.” Ancient false teaching returns.

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