Reformation Women: Gender Roles During the Reformation

We don’t tend to think of the 16th century as a time when people had to sort out female identity issues. But Roman Catholicism had very strong ideas about women and what they should be doing. For example, lactating nuns and celibate wives were both considered holy. That’s a problem! And because Roman Catholic tradition fell apart under a scriptural examination, the Protestant church had to deal with the fallout. Runaway nuns and priest’s wives revealed real issues of gender and identity confronting early Protestantism. The church turned to Scripture for guidance

95 eBooks Sale: Key Books on the Reformation and Reformed Theology

In recognition of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and Martin Luther’s writing of his 95 Theses, Zondervan has discounted 95 of their key eBooks on the Reformation, Reformed theology, and more. See the deals here. Many of the books in this sale are worthy reads; some of them have been reviewed on this blog. Below you will find a handful of the deals that are especially practical and powerful. Check out all the eBooks in Zondervan’s 95 eBooks Sale …

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4 Ways We Get the Reformation Completely Wrong

It seems like every publisher, organisation and church has been waving the reformation flag in some way as we celebrate 500 years of the protestant revolution.

No doubt there are many church members who have been helped to discover an aspect of our evangelical heritage that was invisible to them. But I wonder if there isn’t a different category of Christian that needs a different kind of help. Like any slice of history and heritage, we can easily get the wrong impression about what was really going on. Here are four common ones … you may have others.

How to Talk To Your Kids About Human Dignity

As Christian parents, it is important we teach our kids the truth about who they are, who God is, and about their place in the mission of God. One important piece of this role is to teach and talk to our kids about what it means to be human and to see the humanity of others.

How to Burn Out During the Holidays: A Guide for Pastors and Church Leaders  

It’s October, but if you work at a church, it’s already time to talk about Christmas. That says a lot about what holidays mean for those in ministry. Whether you’re a pastor or volunteer, if you’re not careful, you might spend more time cutting out paper snowflakes for the foyer than preparing your heart to lead others in worship. Consider this a Screwtape letter for the Christmas season: three ways you can burn out by New Years—and three ways Logos and Proclaim, which are on sale now, can help you fight back.

Is the Reformation Worth Celebrating?

It is my belief that the Reformation is worth honoring, remembering, and even celebrating. If our society can celebrate “World Tripe Day” (October 24), we as Protestants can set aside time on October 31, 2017 and remember the 500th anniversary of the event that “lit the powder keg of the Reformation”.

What Is Doctrine and Why Is It Important?

What is doctrine? Put simply, it is the way the central themes of God’s revelation in Scripture are summarized and taught. This teaching builds on their development through the Old Testament. It sees them as having culminated in Christ’s incarnation, words, and work. His teaching (Matt. 7:28; Mark. 1:22; John 7:16) was then expanded and applied by the apostles. Paul placed his own teaching side-by-side with the “preaching of Jesus Christ” (Rom. 16:25; cf. 1 Thess. 4:2). All of this was committed to writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. These inspired writings are now preserved within the biblical canon. This revealed Word defines for us how we should think about God, ourselves, our world, the church, and the future.

3 Pivotal Questions on the Reformation and the Doctrine of Justification

This sponsored post was prepared by Zondervan Academic and includes material written by Frank James, Douglas Moo, and Peter H. Davids for Zondervan Academic Online Courses. One of the decisive doctrines to emerge from the Protestant Reformation—and central to Luther’s theology—was the doctrine of justification by faith alone (sola fide). How did Luther come to understand justification? What, according to Romans, does it mean to be justified? And how are we to read Luther’s understanding of Paul alongside the book …

Six Encouragements to Holiness from Together for the Gospel

This sponsored post was provided by Together for the Gospel. Together for the Gospel (T4G) is a biennial three day gathering that encourages pastors and church leaders to stand together for the gospel.  Registration is now open for T4G 2018, scheduled for April 11-13, in Louisville, KY. Speakers include: Albert Mohler John Piper Mark Dever Kevin DeYoung Matt Chandler CJ Mahaney Thabiti Anyabwile David Platt Ligon Duncan John MacArthur While there are 10 speakers, T4G 2018 has one theme: Holiness. Why a Conference About Holiness? Our fallen …

God’s Providence in the Story of the Premium Bible Marketplace

The best crafted Bibles in the world are found at evangelicalbible.com – a company with an unlikely origin. Sky Cline and his wife Mahina moved to the San Francisco Bay area to lead a church plant in one of the most expensive regions in the United States. After moving to the west coast with three small children, Sky’s church stipend wouldn’t cover their monthly house rent where the church would begin to meet. Sky began to work at odd jobs in the bay area in order to make ends meet. As the flock grew, much of the new growth came from people with limited financial means, including immigrants, homeless, addicts, drifters and other low income people. It soon became apparent that a supplemental form of income would be needed to survive in an area where an 800 sq ft home would sell for $600,000.