Sun, Oct 29, 2017
So this is it. Reformation Sunday. The 500th anniversary. Not to worry should you miss it. Next really big one in another 500 years should our Lord tarry. My plan is to sort of locate the Reformed. That is, show the careful balance between rejecting the false doctrines and practices of Rome without running to the extremes of what was called "the Radical Reformation". Then to look at the continuing need of balance between the draw of legalism and the appeal of various forms of self-worship and antinomianism. Then finish with some thoughts on being reformed in our crazy culture.
Sun, Oct 22, 2017
Duration: 24 mins 26 secs
It is difficult for me to fathom just how folks like Martin Luther could have accomplished so much. He preached and taught regularly, wrote extensively, traveled frequently, met with students and officials, answered tons of letters, and still found time for his cherished wife and children and to hoist a beer or two with friends. And all this without a smart phone, a laptop, or even a good day planner! Well, maybe partly because he didn't have those things but whatever, he was busy and productive. Part of his early output were three treatises written and published in fairly short order. They really marked out several of the most significant themes he would address and refine throughout his later years of ministry. We are going to look at three of them this week: the concept of the priesthood of all believers, the nature of Christian freedom, and the idea that that freedom actually puts us in bondage. Hope that sounds intriguing!
Sun, Oct 15, 2017
Duration: 27 mins 32 secs
Back from the wedding week-end and getting back to the Reformation this week. It seems most people believe the central theme or most important truth from the Reformers was justification by faith. That is certainly critical to the recovery of the Gospel the Reformation was about - and we will get to it - but I believe even more central and basic was the question of "Who says?", the issue of authority. The Church of the day believed that the Church itself, through the popes and councils, was the ultimate authority. Luther and the Reformers believed that the Word of God was the authority, even before and over the Church. We will explore that and some implications this Lord's Day.
Sun, Oct 01, 2017
Duration: 20 mins 45 secs
So we will be taking a break from our Samuel series in October for pumpkin spice, no wait, more directly Reformation themed sermons. It is a daunting and likely impossible task to say just when the Reformation began, but a commonly agreed upon and convenient date is when Martin Luther nailed his articles for debate, the "95 Theses", to the community bulletin board (the church door) in Wittenberg. That was October 31, 1517. Hence 500 years.
The first week of each month is our communion service and so that will be our focus this week. A bit about how the Reformation reformed communion and more about what we do, why, and how. Seems like it has been a while since we have had a full communion address.
Sun, Oct 30, 2016
Duration: 20 mins 47 secs
So, the holiday weekend is upon us! There are in fact two. The big one most everyone is celebrating. The other one far fewer know or care about. Ya know, the one I am excited about. The one not requiring costumes (yes!) and not giving candy (wait, what?) It is the 499th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation. So, we are going to step out of 1 Samuel for a week and think again about being a Reformed church, what that means and why it matters.