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Protestant Reformation

The Reformation served the world well for the last 500 years, breaking old structures and erecting new ones. But it also had its flaws. The time for a new era of the church needs to begin, moving from reformation to transformation. […] Read More

The priesthood of all believers is a vital tenet of the faith and often misunderstood. Simply put, it means every believer in the community is a full-time minister of the gospel, set apart for ministry. […] Read More

During the latter part of the 20th century, as I wrote previously, Vatican II reforms and growing concerns about secularism began to draw Protestants and Catholics together. This convergence has continued into the present among ethicists from both traditions, even as important differences remain. Convergence among theologians and academics is paralleled in culture and in […] Read More

The reformers broke dramatically with the Roman Catholic Church when it came to the doctrines of salvation and ecclesiology. They did not do so with respect to ethics. In fact, in some ways, their views were closer to traditional Catholic ethical thought than they were to much of the Protestant tradition that has followed them. […] Read More

During this 500th anniversary year, the so-called Strangers Churches in London have planned a series of events telling something of the story of the Reformation and of its continuing liveness in their life and practice today. The idea was one event or exhibition a month, but there are not 12 Strangers Churches. (These churches are […] Read More

The heart has its reasons, says Pascal, and sometimes those reasons have a long history. Recently I signed a card for a friend, a devout Baptist, who was raised to have a suspicion of Roman Catholics. It’s something he still struggles with, but don’t we all! History eventually infects our DNA. Who of us is […] Read More

This year – 2017 – many Protestant Christians around the world will be celebrating what they think is the 500th anniversary of the birth of Protestantism. Many consider Oct. 31 as “Reformation Day” and celebrate it as the annual anniversary of the birth of Protestantism because it was on that day in 1517 that Martin […] Read More

For the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), Oct. 31, 2017, will be a significant date on the calendar. Declared by the German parliament a nationwide public holiday, the day will bring to a close the EKD’s celebration of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting his Ninety-Five Theses on the door of the Castle Church […] Read More

The number of “interfaith” households in the U.S. is growing, according to a recent Pew Research Center report. The title, “One-in-Five U.S. Adults Were Raised in Interfaith Homes,” piqued my interest. In a strong majority (79 percent) of U.S. households, both parents adhere to the same religious tradition, Pew reported. Yet, a growing number (21 […] Read More

Martin Luther tacked his 95 theses to the door of the Wittenberg’s Castle Church on Oct. 31, 1517. That bold declaration triggered the second major split within Christianity. The first came when the Catholic Church and Orthodox Church parted company in the great schism of 1054. After Pope Leo X excommunicated the Catholic priest Luther, […] Read More