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Luther’s Attack on Indulgences

As we get closer to October 31, 2017, let us remember the bold and courageous effort made 500 years ago by Dr. Martin Luther (1483-1546) to attack a gross theological error that was being promoted within the Roman Catholic Church. He argued in his 95 Theses against the selling of Indulgences (i.e. “certificates of pardon”). When […]

Two Heroes

Two Heroes: Winston Churchill and Theodore Roosevelt. Over this past summer I enjoyed reading through these two compelling biographies written by Candice Millard. Each volume deals with a unique and challenging part of life–Winston Churchill’s daring escape from a South African Boer prison in 1899, and Theodore Roselvelt’s treacherous journey down the Brazilian “River of […]

The Impact of Jan Hus

One of the significant influences on Martin Luther (1483-1546), the great German Reformer, was Jan Hus (1373-1415), the bold and intrepid Reformer of Bohemia. Hus paved the way for Luther’s work, and Luther himself when he was accused of being a “Hussite” declared that he was happy to be identified with a man like Jan […]

The Joy of Teaching

The fall classes at Redeemer Presbyterian Church (PCA) here in Austin have now begun! My class is called, “Two Reformation Giants: Martin Luther & John Calvin.” For the next six weeks I have the luxury of slowly unpacking the theology of Martin Luther. I’ll go through the details of his life, and also the key […]

Digging for Insights on Luther

As I prepare to teach on Martin Luther’s life and theology this coming Sunday at Redeemer Presbyterian Church here in Austin, I find myself reaching back into some “classic” treatments of Luther! What a treasure these four volumes are. Each one has stood the test of time and proven over and over to be a […]

Focusing on Martin Luther

This coming October 31st will be the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his “95 Theses” on the door of the Wittenberg Cathedral. With that one bold act, the Protestant Reformation was launched and the recovery of the Gospel had begun! Over these fall months, then, I’ll be focusing a lot of my research, teaching, […]

The Legacy of John Wycliffe

I just finished revising an article I wrote many years ago about Dr. John Wycliffe (c.1330-1384), the translator of the English Bible. Here is a comment about the lasting impact of his work: “Let us imagine him in his quiet study: on his table is the Vulgate text, corrected after the best manuscripts; and lying […]

Reflecting on John Wycliffe

Over this past week I’ve been updating an article I wrote 25 years ago about John Wycliffe (c.1330-1384). Once finished, I’ll post it here on the Genevan Foundation website. In the meantime, here are a few moving quotes I found by Merle D’Aubigne on the “Morning Star” of the Reformation: “Hunted down unceasingly while living, he […]

Two Reformation Giants

On Sunday, September 10th, I’ll start teaching a 13-week class here in Austin at Redeemer Presbyterian Church (10:15 am). It is entitled, “Two Reformation Giants–Martin Luther (1483-1546) and John Calvin (1509-1564).” Here is a description: “If serious Christians in this current age desire to understand the practices, peculiarities, and problems of the modern church, then […]

A Biblical View of History

More on a Biblical view of “history” from Dr. Rousas J. Rushdoony: “For the orthodox Christian, history is determined by eternity, and ‘the eternal does not exist for us as a principle but as a person, and that as an absolute person.’ Moreover, ‘For us God’s being is ultimate, while created being is, in the […]