The Bible as the Word of God

Short lecture at Reformation Day Event, October 29, 2019, at Living Hope Free Reformed Church in Chatham, ON. One key issue in the Reformation was the place and importance of the Bible. The Reformers insisted that the Bible is the Word of God. Today, most Protestant and so-called “evangelical” churches follow in the footsteps of…

Church History 6B: Reformed Theology

Five “Solas” The theological focus of the Protestant Reformation is often summarized in five short Latin phrases. Sola Scriptura, “the Scripture alone”. Only the Bible is the ultimate authority and norm for the teaching of the church. The Reformers rejected the right of the Pope to make additional proclamations, or the claim of an “oral…

Church History 6A: The Protestant Reformation

Martin Luther The Protestant Reformation began with Martin Luther on October 31, 1517. He was a preacher and theology professor in Wittenberg, North Germany. Luther disagreed with the practice of selling indulgences, church-issued declarations of forgiveness of sins. To start a debate, he wrote 95 theses concerning this matter and published them on the door…