Archive for January, 2017

The Ten Theses of Berne

January 25, 2017
The city of Berne is in northern Germany, toward the west, not too far from the border with the Netherlands. In 1520, Berchtold Haller came to the church at St. Vincent in the city. Haller had been influenced by Philip Melanchthon and Huldrych Zwingli. Later, especially after 1521, Haller and Zwingli would correspond often and

Augustine’s Handbook for Life

January 18, 2017
Augustine of Hippo wrote many books, including his Confessions and City of God. One of his somewhat lesser-known works is a book from the year 420 called the Enchiridion. Augustine was around sixty-six years old at the time he wrote it, and he had been a Christian for thirty-five years. The Enchiridion is a short

As He Spoke from the Pulpit

January 11, 2017
John Calvin's sermons on Ephesians are a wonderful text. In the introduction to the Banner of Truth Trust's edition of these sermons, the editors note that as we think about Calvin's writings, we have his sermons, his commentaries, and his Institutes of the Christian Religion, but: "In these pages, we hear Calvin. Not as we

The Enduring Problem

January 4, 2017
The twentieth-century theologian H. Richard Niebuhr once put his finger on what he called "the enduring problem." The phrase comes from his book Christ and Culture. He said, "A many-sided debate about the relations of Christianity and civilization is being carried on in our time." He uses the word "civilization"; we could also just say