• Reformation 500 – Sola Fide

    Posted Oct 27th, 2017 By in Pastor Brian's Blog With | Comments Off on Reformation 500 – Sola Fide

    As noted when thinking about sola scriptura, most religions and religious movements have formal and material principles from which authority is derived and by which doctrines are summarized, respectively. Usually the formal principle is a text(s)—hence sola scriptura is the formal principle of the Reformation—while material principles tend to be the summary or central teaching(s) …

  • Reformation 500 – Sola Gratia

    Posted Oct 18th, 2017 By in Pastor Brian's Blog With | Comments Off on Reformation 500 – Sola Gratia

    More than anything, the Reformation began as a soteriological struggle. Medieval Christianity had degenerated so much that the gospel had become a demand to make oneself acceptable to God by improving on the infused grace received in baptism and the Lord’s supper (see Vanhoozer, Biblical Authority After Babel: Retrieving the Solas in the Spirit of …

  • Reformation 500 – Sola Scriptura

    Posted Oct 13th, 2017 By in Pastor Brian's Blog With | Comments Off on Reformation 500 – Sola Scriptura

    All religions have authoritative texts and persons to whom they look for direction and guidance. This is sometimes called the formal principle of religion. As we have noted recently in our Sunday school class, the formal principle of Orthodoxy is the Bible and sacred tradition. In Catholicism it’s the Bible and tradition and the pope …

  • Reformation 500

    Posted Oct 6th, 2017 By in Pastor Brian's Blog With | Comments Off on Reformation 500

    October is the month that Protestants usually celebrate and remember the Protestant Reformation. Although political, economic, and theological controversies were already churning beneath the surface, the date of the Reformation is usually linked with Martin Luther’s nailing of his 95 Theses on the churches in Wittenberg on October 31, 1517. These 95 Theses come in …

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