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Doing Life Together: A Priesthood of All Believers

Fifty million American adults attend faith-based small groups regularly, according to a 2016 survey of the U.S. Census Bureau.1 Yet just over...

The Source of Revolution

October 31, 1517 is the 500th anniversary of a revolution. It began when a young, obscure theologian in an insignificant town in...

The Call to Reformation

When Martin Luther wrote his 95 theses, I imagine he had little thought about how it would affect not only his life...

How the Reformation Shapes our Life Together

Last Spring I was planting vegetables and noticed printed on the plastic wrapper around one tomato plant the slogan, “Deep roots produce...

Seeking A Correctible Conscience

Had things gone differently for Luther at the Diet of Worms—where he was on trial before representatives of Pope Leo X and...

Luther’s Mistress and Knowledge of Ourselves

Martin Luther had a mistress. It can be denied and has been many times. But the fact is he did, or at...

Who Needs Confessions of Faith?

Why do we have confessions of faith? There are many reasons. Some are not so obvious. But for Protestants the first and most important reason is simple: We have confessions not because we want to say more than the Bible says. We have them because we do not want to say less.

Surveying Presbyterian Beliefs

Recently the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) released the results of a Presbyterian Panel survey entitled “Theological Reflection.” There is some good news in these data, along with evidence of considerable misinformation and confusion.

Is the Reformation Ever Finished?

The Church is never simply ecclesia reformata but semper reformanda.

What, Who, Where, How: Reformed Perspectives on Baptism

Introduction Between and even within today’s congregations and denominations, almost every aspect of baptism seems to be a topic...

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Clothes Make the Man (or the Woman)?

Do we still believe in the notion of the “preaching office” or the “pastoral office”? Or have we joined the ranks of so much American “free church” congregationalism that replaces the notion of “office” with that of mere “function”?

Can the Lord’s Supper Be “Online”?

The notion of “online Communion” has some real problems to it.

Jesus Christ is the Life – Part 2

Just how, as Christians, do we receive this life?

Jesus Christ is the Truth – Part 2

Confessing Jesus Christ as the way, the truth, and the life means he is not merely one truth among others. He is the truth by which all others are measured.

Jesus Christ is the Way – Part 2

How can the church be “the way” today?