500 Years Later: For Whom the Bell Tolls

There’s always great sadness when a friend dies, but especially when their death is viewed as an injustice. Plato recorded these final words of Socrates as his condemned friend prepared to drink the hemlock. All of the wisdom of this world is but a tiny raft upon which we must set sail when we leave […]

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Carl Trueman and the Reformation: Part Eighteen

[ Carl Trueman on the Reformation: Part Seventeen ] In lecture 18, Dr. Trueman enters the difficult terrain of Luther and the Jews. First, he explains the history of anti-Semitism in Europe, beginning in the 12th century. During this part of the lecture, he comments on blood libel, the stories that claimed Jews kidnapped Christian babies and […]

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Now and Then

It’s the same routine every October—the phone calls, the procrastination, the dithering. Then my better self shows up and submits to the long wait in a cramped closet space called a “Lab Waiting Room,” the assault of germs from other better selfs who expel coughs and sneezes in my direction, and the final insult, a […]

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Carl Trueman on the Reformation: Part Seventeen

[ Carl Trueman on the Reformation: Part Sixteen ] In lecture 17, Dr. Trueman continues his lecture on Ulrich Zwingli. The Reformation leaders met for debate at Marburg Castle in 1529 because Philip of Hesse desired to unite the Protestant states in a political alliance. The Reformers were able to agree on 14 out of 15 items, […]

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Carl Trueman on the Reformation: Part Sixteen

[ Carl Trueman on the Reformation: Part Fifteen ] In lecture 16, Dr. Trueman continues discussion of Zwingli and the Swiss Reformation. However, the main emphasis is on the Lord’s Supper and the contrast of views among the reformers. Trueman spends much of the time explaining the context in which these men lived and its bearing on […]

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Katharina Luther: Nun, Rebel, Wife in Review

Would it be too much to say that part of being human is to love a good story? I believe we were created with the ability to learn significant truths from the stories we read and hear, often times unaware that anything at all has transpired. But then the bits and pieces come together over […]

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Dipping into the Community Pool: September 18

There’s a lot to share this week, from the Protestant Reformation to Sally Quinn’s shocking admission that she’s an occultist. A short and sweet account of how the Protestant Reformation began. In the same vein, here’s an interesting article on Tetzel and his views on purgatory. “Don’t Be Caught Without a Confession” by Michael Reeves […]

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Carl Trueman on the Reformation: Part Fifteen

[ Carl Trueman on the Reformation: Part Fourteen ] In lecture 15, Dr. Trueman discusses the The Bondage of the Will. Part of this discussion includes the contrast between Augustine and Luther, Augustine focusing on the fall, Luther on the nature of our being (ontology). Luther believed Erasmus destroyed the Gospel because he made it something man can […]

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The Beauty & Glory of the Reformation: Day Three

[ The Beauty & Glory of the Reformation: Day Two ] We woke up Saturday morning and asked each other, “Can this really be the final day of the conference? It seems as if we’re just getting started!” After a quick breakfast, we found our seats and again were transported back to the 16th century. Dr. Haykin […]

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The Beauty & Glory of the Reformation: Day Two

[  The Beauty & Glory of the Reformation:  Day One ] Have you even been so captivated by a speaker that time seemed non-existent and the space you occupied faded from your conciousness? That has been our experience at the Prince Center the past few days. We walk into the conference room, take our seats, and […]

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