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In the aftermath of World War I, and during the 1918–19 Spanish flu pandemic, William Butler Yeats wrote the now nearly ubiquitous line, Things fall apart the center cannot hold. Borrowing imagery from Christian apocalyptic writings, Yeats’s poem “The Second Coming” conveys the sense of overwhelming disaster. Things are not just different. They are disintegrating. […]
The Holy Spirit, Sanctification, and South Asia
Just as the work of Christ is predicated on human incapacity to earn our redemption, the work of the Spirit is predicated on human incapacity for holy living and spiritual formation. The nature of Christian ethics is that the demands it makes on the Christian are more than what one can fulfill in one’s own […]
When one moves beyond the few stereotypical doctrines and the solas of Reformation theology into its riches and depth, there can be many surprises and discoveries, even on points we as evangelical Protestants thought we knew and understood. A good example is the word of God as it is proclaimed, which Lutheran and Reformed traditions […]
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"...because God is, tragedy for the Christian is not. Indeed, the center cannot give way."
"The theological mind aims at that balance of learning and living, truth and love."
"...our contemplation of beauty manifest in art isn't simply our contemplation of a form of entertainment--there's something richly theological about it."
"Who we are can be answered only by reference to the one who is and who, from the fullness of his love, gives so that creatures may be."
"good stories always...reflect the pattern of the Biblical narrative..."
"God has given...the gift of the church worldwide."
"O God, from my youth thou hast taught me."
"Jesus [prayed]... that we would be sanctified in [the world] by the Word of God."
"How we act is in some way a reflection of what we believe."
"Being modern is really just a new way of being ancient."
You may ask yourself...how did we get here?"
How will his disciples engage him, what will he do with them, and what purpose does it all serve?
Jesus now lives and reigns at the right hand of the Father, still bearing...the marks of his suffering and death.
Jesus...faithfully fulfills his priestly ministry—right up until the moment he becomes the sacrifice.
"The wonder of John's Gospel is that this unknown and inaccessible deity has drawn near in the person and work of Jesus of Nazareth."
"Signs. Authority. Conflict. Each theme gives us an interesting angle to explore our own understanding of Jesus."
"John is so different from the other three gospels.... while the synoptic gospels can be studied together, John demands special attention."
"The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working."
"When we fix our eyes on Jesus, we see a variety of emotions that perfectly reflect his Father."
"Narrow reading makes the world itself narrow. Broad reading reminds us that the world is enormous."
"We can rediscover the Holy Spirit as he strides across the pages of the Bible."
"God saves" is the theme of the Bible.
Is it possible Orthodoxy has turned from the sufficiency of Christ to the shadows of the law?
This issue is intended to show us that there is truly nothing new under the sun and that the resources we need for our pilgrimage have already been given to us by Christ himself.
Our prayer with this issue is that you will have a clear-eyed vision of what really happened during the Reformation and what must happen in the years to come if we are to be faithful to the work of our forefathers in the faith.
In this issue of Modern Reformation, we assert that it is possible to know the truth: about God, about this world, even about yourself.
A creed or confession is more than a statement of faith. It goes into greater detail on key Christian doctrines, and it functions as a sort of constitution of the church.
Our original sin no longer drives us to madness but into the arms of our Savior, who invites us to come confidently before his throne, where we can receive mercy for our rebellion and grace to help us in time of need.
God has not only revealed himself in his word but also in history; not only does he speak to us, but he also acts for us in space and time, where we can see his mighty hand.
In Jesus, God has retold all of our stories: Jesus is the second Adam, the true Israel, the faithful Son, and in him our lives find meaning and fulfillment.
Just as Dante’s Inferno has shaped the popular imagination of hell, apart from the limited information available to us in the Bible about eternal suffering, so also popular culture has helped shape our conceptions of heaven.