1) The Gift of Time: Ephesians 5:16a
· Galatians 6:10
- Matthew 25:8-10
- Hebrews 12:1
- 2 Timothy 4:7
2) Grappling with Time: Ephesians 5:16b
- James 4:13-14
- Romans 13:11-14
Sometime during October 31, 1517, the day before the Feast of All Saints, the 33-year-old Martin Luther posted theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. The door functioned as a bulletin board for various announcements related to academic and church affairs. The theses were written in Latin and printed on a folio sheet by the printer John Gruenenberg, one of the many entrepreneurs in the new print medium first used in Germany about 1450. Luther was calling for a "disputation on the power and efficacy of indulgences out of love and zeal for truth and the desire to bring it to light." He did so as a faithful monk and priest who had been appointed professor of biblical theology at the University of Wittenberg, a small, virtually unknown institution in a small town.
Some copies of the theses were sent to friends and church officials, but the disputation never took place. Albert of Brandenburg, archbishop of Mainz, sent the theses to some theologians whose judgment moved him to send a copy to Rome and demand action against Luther. By the early months of 1518, the theses had been reprinted in many cities, and Luther's name had become associated with demands for radical change in the church. He had become front-page news.
The article also covers the Issue of Indulgences and the Message of Martin Luther
It is this simple reaffirmation of the ancient Christian "good news," the gospel, that created in the church catholic the reform movement that attracted legions in Germany and other European territories. The movement was propelled by slogans stressing the essentials of Christianity: faith alone (soia fides), grace alone (sola gratia), Christ alone (solus Christus). Many joined because Luther criticized the papacy, which had claimed to have power over every soul. "Why does not the pope whose wealth today is greater than the wealth of the richest Crassus (a wealthy Roman nicknamed "Fats," who died in 53 B.C.) build this one basilica of St. Peter with his own money rather than with the money of poor believers?" (Thesis 87).
The documentary COLLISION pits leading atheist, political journalist a nd a uthor Christophe r Hitchens (God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything) against fellow author and evangelical theologian Pastor Douglas Wilson on a debate tour arguing the topic “Is Religion Good For The World?”. Lives and worldviews collide as Hitchens and Wilson wittily and passionately argue the timeless question, proving to be perfectly matched intellectual, philosophical, and cinematic rivals. COLLISION is directed by prolific independent filmmaker Darren Doane (Van Morrison: To Be Born Again, The Battle For L.A., Godmoney).
Ever since I invited any champion of faith to debate with me in the spring of 2007, I have been very impressed by the willingness of the other side to take me, and my allies, up on the offer.Hitchens makes a tremendous complement to Wilson, reflecting on Wilson's belief system and apologetic style. It is a statement that relects a great complement on how we should stand for what we say we believe:
I have discovered that the so-called Christian right is much less monolithic, and very much more polite and hospitable, than I would once have thought, or than most liberals believe.
Wilson isn't one of those evasive Christians who mumble apologetically about how some of the Bible stories are really just "metaphors." He is willing to maintain very staunchly that Jesus of Nazareth was the Christ and that his sacrifice redeems our state of sin, which in turn is the outcome of our rebellion against God. He doesn't waffle when asked why God allows so much evil and suffering—of course he "allows" it since it is the inescapable state of rebellious sinners. I much prefer this sincerity to the vague and Python-esque witterings of the interfaith and ecumenical groups who barely respect their own traditions and who look upon faith as just another word for community organizing.
In the late afternoon of April 18, 1521, in the city of Worms, Germany, Martin Luther, a 37 year-old Catholic monk was called to defend himself before Charles the Fifth, the Holy Roman Emperor. The speech he delivered that day, Here I Stand, marked the beginning of the Reformation, a critical turning point in Christian history, that decisively altered the spiritual map of the world.
In this recording, Max McLean introduces the events leading up to the Diet of Worms: Martin Luther’s prayer the night before he delivered his speech; Luther's stirring defense; the Catholic church’s rebuttal; and, Luther’s final heartfelt response.
Recovering the treasures of the past is a marvelous gift to the church. I love these presentations of the classics given by Max McLean. However, Martin Luther’s Here I Stand is my favorite. R. C. Sproul
You can download it for free through Sunday, November 1.
Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York has opened up a new free sermon resource, starting with 150 of Pastor Tim Keller’s sermons, all categorized, labeled, and downloadable, at this site:
This is an amazing new resource, and there will be more content getting added regularly, so tell all your friends: Redeemer Free Sermon Resource.
In this book, Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears discuss the essentials of what it means to be a biblical church. Find out more.
1) Love is Enriching (1 Corinthians 13:1–3)
· 1 Corinthians 8:1
2) Love is Edifying (vv. 4–7),
a) Love Is Patient: Romans 12:17
b) Love Is Kind: Matthew 5:40-41
c) Love Is Not Jealous: James 3:14-16
d) Love Does Not Brag: 1 Corinthians 14:26
e) Love Is Not Arrogant: Proverbs 16:18
f) Love Does Not Act Rudely
g) Love Does Insist on its own way
h) Love Is Not Irritable: 1 Peter 2:21-24
i) Love Does Not Rejoice in Unrighteousness: Isaiah 5:20
j) Love Rejoices with the Truth: 2 John 1:6
k) Love Bears All The Things: Proverbs 10:12
l) Love Believes All Things: Galatians 6:1
m) Love Hopes All Things
n) Love Endures All Things
3) Love is Enduring (vv. 8–13).
"The laws in our country don't forbid suicide but they do forbid helping someone to take someone's life and there's good reason for that," he said. "An individual may have a moment of expression about dying without a genuine desire to really do so. Look at the number of people who have been let out of prison because we found out they didn't commit a crime. If we had the death penalty, we wouldn't be able to do that."
1) When are we to be thankful?—always.
· Revelation 15:1–4
· John 11:41–42
· 2 Chronicles 20:20–22
· Philippians 1:3–6
2) For what are we to give thanks?—for all things.
· 2 Corinthians 4:15
3) To whom are we to be thankful?—God the Father.
· Philippians 4:6
4) How are we to be thankful?—in the name of Jesus Christ.
· Philippians 2:7–8