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March 08, 2018
Luther’s Musical Innovations
Christianity Today's online Christian History feature has a special section on Martin Luther this month. It...
February 27, 2018
Catholic, Lutheran, & Reformed Approaches to the Poor
I've been reading a ground-breaking new book in the field of the sociology of religion...
January 19, 2018
An Interview About Our New Book
The Concordia Publishing House blog has posted an interview with Rev. Trevor Sutton and me...
January 11, 2018
The Protestant Reformation & the Protestant Revolution
Yesterday's post on the Reformation of America, made me realize that the distinction between revolution...
January 10, 2018
The Reformation of America
A revolution approaches problems by overthrowing the old order and replacing it with something completely...
January 05, 2018
Luther on Epiphany and Vocation
Today is the 12th and last day of Christmas. (Happy drummers drumming day!) Tomorrow is...
December 21, 2017
Luther on Music, Art, & Aesthetic Pleasure
In my previous posts on Mark Mattes’s new book Martin Luther’s Theology of Beauty, we first...
December 15, 2017
Martin Luther’s Handwriting as Computer Font
How would you like to write like Martin Luther? That is, how would you like...
December 14, 2017
Mary, the Mother of God
Roman Catholics venerate Mary, the mother of Jesus, with many titles: Queen of Heaven (the notion that...
November 24, 2017
A New Cranach Painting Has Also Been Authenticated
Leonardo da Vinci is not the only Renaissance artist to have a new work added...
November 22, 2017
Luther’s Theology of Beauty
During this Reformation quincentenary anniversary, Martin Luther has been credited and blamed for all...
November 07, 2017
Imagine my surprise, when reading an article by Charles Chaput, the conservative Catholic Archbishop of Philadelphia,...
November 03, 2017
Luther’s Reformation of Beer
Not only did Martin Luther reform the church. He also reformed beer too. Specifically, the...
November 02, 2017
How Ethiopia Influenced the Reformation
As early as 1517, when the Reformation was just getting started, Martin Luther became interested...
October 31, 2017
The 95 Theses
What better way to mark the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation than to read Luther's 95...
October 31, 2017
Other Takes on the Reformation
The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation--which is today--has received an extraordinary amount of attention. As...
October 30, 2017
How Lutherans View the Reformation Differently
Luther didn't split the church. The pope did.
October 27, 2017
What the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation is NOT About
The 500th anniversary of Luther's posting of the 95 Theses is soon upon us (next...
October 24, 2017
I was asked to write a guest post for the Tabletalk blog on "Why Luther?" Others, such...
October 16, 2017
How Luther Challenges Protestants
Martin Luther challenged and continues to challenge Roman Catholic theology in some profound ways. But...
September 25, 2017
Wittenberg’s Reformation of Science
Martin Luther was not the only faculty member of the University of Wittenberg to spark...
September 22, 2017
The Prosperity Gospel vs. the Theology of the Cross
Lutheran theology is pretty much the opposite of the Prosperity Gospel.
September 18, 2017
A Reformation best-seller to read and give away
Luther's Small Catechism is a marvel of clarity, depth, and spiritual insight. Used for centuries to...
September 15, 2017
A Unified Protestant Confession?
The Reformation, whose 500th anniversary is next month, had as its purpose the reformation of...
September 14, 2017
Tetzel on 7 Years in Purgatory for Every Sin
I came across a sermon from Johann Tetzel, the indulgence peddler who provoked Luther's 95...
September 07, 2017
Steve Jobs and the Trump Reformation
Can you connect these dots?: Gutenberg, Martin Luther, Steve Jobs, Donald Trump. In his column Steve...
September 06, 2017
Half of Protestants Agree With Catholics on Salvation
Over half of American Protestants (52%) believe that salvation--that is to say, getting into Heaven--requires...
September 01, 2017
My Book on Luther is Back
About 12 years ago, I wrote a little book on Martin Luther. I was asked...
August 22, 2017
Today’s Iconoclastic Outbreak
Periodically in history, people get caught up in a cause that finds expression in destroying...
August 07, 2017
Vatican Condemns U.S. Catholic Conservatives
An official Vatican publication has condemned Catholic conservatives in America for participating with evangelicals in...
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