Martin Luther and the “Epistle of Straw”

MARTIN LUTHER, 1529 by Lucas Cranach the Elder [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well, ” but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it? So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead. Indeed someone might say, “You have faith and I have works.” Demonstrate your faith to me without works, … [Read more...]

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The Catholic Luther? Wait… What?

I was web surfing recently when I ran across a discussion of the "Catholic Luther."  I remember reading that Martin Luther had a deep devotion to Mary as the Mother of God, and that he had a statue of Mary near his burial site in the Castle Church in Wittenberg.  But wasn't he really an opponent of Catholicism?My friend Dave Armstrong has written a book on the topic, and today I've invited Dave to share his insights into Luther's Catholic beliefs, drawn from the reformer's own wr … [Read more...]

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That They May All Be One: From the Reformation to Christian Unity

PREFACE Almost 500 years ago—on October 31, 1517—an Augustinian monk named Martin Luther posted his Ninety-Five Theses on the Wittenberg door.  Looking ahead to the 500th anniversary of what is today called the Reformation, Lutheran and Evangelical churches are even now planning for a grand celebration to mark the date. According to the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), the great Reformers—Luther, Melanchthon, Zwingli, Calvin and others—are among the prime sources of ideas in religious, poli … [Read more...]

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