Is It Time for the Reformation to End?

Luther Reformation

In just a couple of days from now, on October 31st, the world will remember one of the most life-altering days in the history of the world. Yes, many will celebrate Halloween (and I’m good with that). But many will also remember this day of October 31st as it particularly relates to the year 1517. It was on this day in 1517 that Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany.

Luther’s actions began the movement that would later be identified as the Protestant Reformation. It is truly amazing to think it has been a full five hundred years since the Reformation was set in motion.
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The Apostle’s Creed – Our Story

StoryChristianityFor some reason, I’ve had a strong desire as of late to read more from church history – not just folk from the past couple of centuries, but from the 2000 year span of the Christian church. The desire was stirred a few years back, and I attempted to get into more of church history. But, over the past couple of weeks, I’ve started to do this on an almost daily basis as I’ve headed back into Justo Gonzalez’s The Story of Christianity, Volume 1 and Volume 2.

I was conversing with a friend of mine just a couple of days ago and he said one of the biggest things that destroyed his theology in seminary was to realize that there is an historical context to theology – history has shaped every single bit of our theology today. None of it was formulated in a vacuum. You and I, we, do not normally believe something because we saw it in Scripture. Rather, it’s usually because it’s been handed down to us over either millennia or centuries.

Thus, we have a story.

That’s what I love about church history, even including the possession of creeds and confessions. We have a story, which has multiple stories enfolded within it. And I want to love that story – the good, bad and ugly. It keeps the narrative authentic, real and earthy. I can grab a hold of something that is authentic, even if it isn’t perfect.

I’d say our theological story is easily summed up in the Apostle’s Creed, and we find the earliest written version of this creed from the early part of the 3rd century.

How does that summary go?

Below is the creed, a modern-day translation of it (like the NIV version of the Apostle’s Creed). Continue reading

Did Certain Gifts Cease After the First Apostles?

apostlesOne argument that seems to arise from cessationists (those who would argue either for the ceasing of particular gifts of the Spirit or that they should not be expected in normal Christian life) is that church history records that signs, wonders, miracles and healings ceased soon after the first century, especially with the formation of the New Testament canon.

They didn’t continue then, so why should we expect them to continue now?

But what does history attest to? Continue reading

Did Certain Gifts Cease After the 1st Century?

One argument that seems to arise from the side of cessationists (those who would argue either for the ceasing of particular gifts of the Spirit or that they should not be expected in normal Christian life) is that church history records that signs, wonders, miracles and healings ceased soon after the first century and with the formation of the New Testament canon.

They didn’t continue then, so why should we expect then to continue now?

But what does history attest to? Continue reading

Lausanne Conference in South Africa

Back in 1974, Billy Graham initiated what was known as Lausanne I: The International Conference of World Evangelization, being held in Lausanne, Switzerland. It drew some 2,300 evangelical leaders from 150 countries. Then, in 1989, Lausanne II was held in Manila, Philippines, with 4,300 attendees from 173 nations.

We now have Lausanne III upon us, kicking off this Saturday, 16 October, from Cape Town, South Africa, lasting until 25 October. There is an expectation of some 4,000 leaders from about 200 differing countries, with over 600 Global Links standing as remote sites for discussion of the surrounding issues of the conference. The six major topics are:

  • Truth
  • Reconciliation
  • World Faiths
  • New Missions Priorities
  • Authenticity & Integrity
  • Partnership

Some other resources are as follows:

I hope to catch some of the video podcasts throughout the 10 days.