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Archive of entries posted on October 2013

The Bible for the People

“the reformation had to undo the untold damage caused by the decision made by leaders of the Roman Catholic Church that the Bible was too difficult for ordinary people, and was reserved for scholars; and that instead of the Bible, the ordinary people would have statues and paintings; ‘the bibles of the uneducated.’ This policy […]

Reformation Day 2013

Happy Reformation Day! Halloween just has no draw for me when we have the opportunity to celebrate the recovery of the gospel and its implications for life. We celebrate the recovery of God’s word, which points us to the gospel which brings life and the certain hope of resurrection. This year my family has been […]

Flung to the heedless winds

Here is another hymn related to the Reformation. A key aspect of the Reformation story concerns the people who died for the faith, seeking to being the Scriptures and the gospel to their people. This hymn written by martin Luther captures this reality. The story is that Luther wrote these words after getting word that […]

Children’s Books on the Reformation

At my children’s literature site I have listed some recommended books for children and families on the Reformation (some pictured in this photo). I hope they are helpful for families to make much of this important event together.

Poem for Reformation Week

This week’s poem comes from Paul Spe­ra­tus, who helped Martin Luther assemble the first Lutheran hymnal. It is long, but it nicely lays out the futility of works, the place of the Law, justification by faith alone and how works result from faith. SALVATION UNTO US HAS COME Salvation unto us has come By God’s […]

C. S. Lewis, Children, Property & Justice

Here is C. S. Lewis dealing, parenthetically, with an issue which parents often ask about. I think he is exactly right. “The question whether the disputed pencil belongs to Tommy or Charles is quite distinct from the question which is the nicer little boy, and the parents who allowed the one to influence their decision […]

“The Saints Should Never Be Dismayed”

My poem of the week this week comes from William Cowper, one who was well acquainted with feelings of dismay. Yet, in this hymn he draws comfort from the Scriptural testimony of God’s care and aid to his people. May these words encourage you as they do me.   THE SAINTS SHOULD NEVER BE DISMAYED […]

Erasmus, Confidence in Scripture

“Consider, too, that none of those things you see with your eyes and touch with your hands are as real as the truths you read there [in Scripture]…. Remember that men lie, that they are deceived, but that the truth of God neither misleads nor is itself misled.” – Erasmus, Enchiridion