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February 07, 2018
A Free Lenten Devotional
How to download a free Lenten devotional that Chris edited: inspired by his book, The...
January 26, 2018
Slavery, Euphemism, and the New Testament
Translation is a difficult and devious process. You can render the individual words used perfectly...
January 05, 2018
Grasped by Darkness
The Christmas readings in our church featured the magnificent Prologue to John’s Gospel, about the...
December 19, 2017
Last-Minute Christmas Gift Ideas for History Buffs
Still trying to find a Christmas gift for the history buff in your life? Chris...
November 14, 2017
Seeking Truth in a World “With Devils Filled”
Chris ponders the intersection of higher education with a topic to which he rarely gives...
November 06, 2017
Why I Sing With a Hymnal
Beauty, unity, and history: why Chris insists on singing hymns out of a hymnal, even...
October 31, 2017
The Best of The Anxious Bench: The Protestant Reformation
On this 500th anniversary of Luther's 95 Theses... some of the best Anxious Bench writing...
October 27, 2017
The 500th anniversary of the Reformation offers plenty of opportunity to commemorate, but also to...
October 24, 2017
3 Ways to Remember the Reformation
How should we remember the Protestant Reformation?
October 10, 2017
Sola Fide: The Reformation Board Game
Chris and his young son test out a new Reformation board game, with amusing results.
September 05, 2017
How Do Protestants and Catholics View Each Other in 2017?
For the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, new survey examines how Protestants and Catholics view...
July 18, 2017
What Makes Protestants “Protestant”?
What makes Protestants "Protestant"? A new history suggests that it's not about Reformation doctrines or...
April 18, 2017
“Come, Lord Jesus, Be Our Guest”
The murky history and theological power of one of the most familiar, mundane, and meaningful...
October 25, 2016
Reformed and Always Reforming… Even 499 Years Later
Next week we'll mark the 499th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his 95 Theses, taking us...
September 20, 2016
Beyond Books: “Come, Lord Jesus, Be Our Guest”
Chris Gehrz continues his series on types of Christian writing other than books by reflecting...
September 19, 2016
Counting Down to the Reformation at 500
There’s an African proverb, I am told, that goes like this: “If I don’t beat...
October 23, 2015
We usually refer to “the Reformation” as if the European movement of the sixteenth century...
August 31, 2015
Rome, for Protestants
Most people today ooh-and-aah when they experience or envision a trip to Rome. It was...
October 24, 2013
Luther and the Word of God
Martin Luther did not want to preach in Wittenberg's city church. The year was --...
July 22, 2013
Hilary Sherratt, an alumnae of Gordon College and a guest blogger for this post, was...
July 05, 2013
ABOLISHING THE LEGEND
In a number of recent posts, I have argued that long after the time of...
July 01, 2013
From earliest times, Christians have produced an abundance of alternative or pseudo-gospels, usually with a...
August 10, 2012
MARTIN LUTHER AND ANGELA MERKEL
Unless you have been living in a very remote Appalachian cave, you will know that...
August 09, 2012
Luther, Cranach, and Me
I became a historian through the Bible and the Reformation. For starters, at a certain...
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