Grace Is Profoundly Existential, Beginning With the Church

Jeremy Bouma on 11 hours ago. Tagged under ,,,,.

9780310515760“Grace is a profoundly existential matter” (157).

That’s the verdict in Carl Trueman’s new book Grace Alone, a tour de force through the biblical, historical, and existential conversations surrounding salvation as a gift of God. How is grace existential?

[Grace] does not simply explain how the Creator and his fallen creatures are brought back into communion with each other… Grace should hold us in its grip in such a way that our whole being is affected. That which brings us from being under God’s wrath to being his beloved children is surely something that we cannot contemplate in a dispassionate manner. (157)

This is why Trueman culminates his book with an extended conversation on the means of grace through the church, preaching, the…

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Was Katie Luther Spiritual? The Piety of the Reformation’s First Lady

Jeremy Bouma on 2 weeks ago. Tagged under ,,,,.

9780310532156In Katie Luther, Ruth Tucker introduces us to Katharina von Bora, wife of Martin Luther and First Lady of the Reformation.

This is not the sweet and submissive, subdued and godly woman many assume the great Reformer married. Instead, we discover a strong, independent woman whose voice echoes among modern women, wives and mothers who have carved out a career of their own.

Last week we learned five notable things about Katie—including that she was a nun who escaped her convent and a businesswoman who ran a brewery and inn. But what about her faith? When we consider her husband Martin’s profound spiritual nature imbued by a deep love for theology and the Bible, does Katie’s piety come up short?

As one person put it, “Her piety is more…

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A Woman for All Seasons – An Excerpt from Katie Luther, First Lady of the Reformation

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“How do we make a five-hundred-year-old Katharina relevant to North American culture? Is there anything she has to say to Western women and men today? Why should we take the time to make her acquaintance?” (9)

In today’s excerpt from Kathie Luther, First Lady of the Reformation, Ruth Tucker invites readers to discover this no-nonsense, confident and determined woman, and to consider why her life is relevant for men and women today.

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9780310532156In many ways, Katharina’s voice echoes among modern women, wives, and mothers who have carved out careers of their own. And unlike so many of the Reformation women we read about, her primary vocation was not related to ministry. She was a farmer and a brewer with a boarding house the size of a Holiday…

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5 Things You Need to Know About Katie Luther

Jeremy Bouma on 3 weeks ago. Tagged under ,,,,.

9780310532156They say behind every great man is a great woman.

The same holds true for Martin Luther. And Ruth Tucker wants to introduce her to you in her new book, Katie Luther, First Lady of the Reformation. In it, she shows how, save for Martin Luther himself, Katharina von Bora was one of the most indispensable figures of the German Reformation:

Take her and their twenty-year marriage out of the picture, and his leadership would have suffered severely. Had it not been for the stability she brought to his life, [Martin] may have gone off the rails emotionally and mentally by the mid-1520s…Only Katharina von Bora—no other woman—could have accomplished what she did with this most unstable man. (11–12)

So who was this great woman behind the great Martin Luther? Here are five…

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You Can Love Him or Hate Him, but You Can’t Ignore Him: Augustine on Grace–An Excerpt from Grace Alone

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“Grace is the heart of the Christian gospel. It is a doctrine that touches the very depths of human existence.” (19)

In today’s excerpt from Grace Alone–Salvation as a Gift of God, Carl Trueman, professor of Historical Theology and Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary, reveals the importance of Augustine’s thinking as a foundation for the church’s understanding of this magnificent gift.

9780310515760Grace Narrated: Augustine’s Confessions

The history of theology is essentially a story. How one tells that story, which characters and places and actions receive prominence, will vary from historian to historian. But when we look at the “history of grace,” an undisputed key figure in that history is Augustine, fifth-century bishop of Hippo Regius in North Africa. Augustine’s life and writings profoundly shaped all later debates about grace.…

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[Common Places] The Five Solas: Soli Deo Gloria

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This year we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation, looking back to Martin Luther’s 95 Theses and the theological debates kick-started by their posting. The Reformation continues to be lauded, cajoled, and debated in circles of all sorts today. At Common Places we will begin the year by focusing on some of the central principles and most relevant texts that shaped early Reformation theology and that have continued that conversation in the centuries that followed. Each month we will begin with a post related to an ongoing book project from Zondervan Academic that addresses the five solas of Reformation theology. We will then conclude each month with an annotated reading guide on classic and contemporary works that address that particular principle.

Soli Deo Gloria—Glory to God Alone—in some ways seems the odd man out…

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[Common Places] Five Solas: Grace Alone by Michael Horton

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This year we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation, looking back to Martin Luther’s 95 Theses and the theological debates kick-started by their posting. The Reformation continues to be lauded, cajoled, and debated in circles of all sorts today. At Common Places we will begin the year by focusing on some of the central principles and most relevant texts that shaped early Reformation theology and that have continued that conversation in the centuries that followed. Each month we will begin with a post related to an ongoing book project from Zondervan Academic that addresses the five solas of Reformation theology.

Referring to the Nicene Creed, Cardinal Newman observed that the Rubicon separating orthodoxy from heresy was a vowel: Jesus is of the same…

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[Common Places] The Five Solas: Grace Alone

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This year we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation, looking back to Martin Luther’s 95 Theses and the theological debates kick-started by their posting. The Reformation continues to be lauded, cajoled, and debated in circles of all sorts today. At Common Places we will begin the year by focusing on some of the central principles and most relevant texts that shaped early Reformation theology and that have continued that conversation in the centuries that followed. Each month we will begin with a post related to an ongoing book project from Zondervan Academic that addresses the five solas of Reformation theology. We will then conclude each month with an annotated reading guide on classic and contemporary works that address that particular principle.

One thing that the Protestant Reformers…

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eBook Sale on Reformed Theology: Deals Start at $1.99

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Save up to 76% on timely and popular eBooks by Timothy Keller, D. A. Carson, Michael Horton, Tim Challies, and over 16 other authors in our new eBook sale on Reformed theology.

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Giving Credit to Katharina von Bora (Katie Luther, First Lady of the Reformation)

Ruth A. Tucker on 3 months ago. Tagged under ,,.

There are a thousand reasons to celebrate advances women have made as we contemplate Women’s History Month, but from another perspective, a picture is worth a thousand reasons. The recent setting was the White House, March 23, 2017 where Vice President Pence was leading a meeting related to health care. On the docket was the proposal to remove maternity care as a required aspect of the Republican health care bill. That no women were pictured among the thirty men at the table was telling.

In fact, to demonstrate how few women hold high positions of leadership, Elle Magazine, in their #MoreWomen campaign of 2015, photoshopped men out of significant groupings of leaders in various arenas, from politics to business. The results were startling. In a grouping of more than thirty world leaders, only three women were left.

What if we…

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[Common Places] Reading Notes: Faith Alone

Erik Herrmann on 4 months ago. Tagged under ,,,.

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This year we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation, looking back to Martin Luther’s 95 Theses and the theological debates kick-started by their posting. The Reformation continues to be lauded, cajoled, and debated in circles of all sorts today. At Common Places we will begin the year by focusing on some of the central principles and most relevant texts that shaped early Reformation theology and that have continued that conversation in the centuries that followed. Each month we will begin with a post related to an ongoing book project from Zondervan Academic that addresses the five solas of Reformation theology. We will then conclude each month with an annotated reading guide on classic and contemporary works that address that particular principle.

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[Common Places] The Five Solas: Faith Alone

Thomas Schreiner on 4 months ago. Tagged under ,,,.

This year we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation, looking back to Martin Luther’s 95 Theses and the theological debates kick-started by their posting. The Reformation continues to be lauded, cajoled, and debated in circles of all sorts today. At Common Places we will begin the year by focusing on some of the central principles and most relevant texts that shaped early Reformation theology and that have continued that conversation in the centuries that followed. Each month we will begin with a post related to an ongoing book project from Zondervan Academic that addresses the five solas of Reformation theology. We will then conclude each month with an annotated reading guide on classic and contemporary works that address that particular principle.

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