Over 500 years ago today, Martin Luther nailed his theses – a set of 95 propositions for debate to the door of the church in Wittenberg. This was to spark the Protestant Reformation. The reformation is about much more than that one act of protest though. At its heart was the rediscovery of what Scripture… Continue reading Happy Reformation Day
I’ve been sharing Calvin’s thoughts on the relationships between slaves and masters, parents and children and, wives and husbands with a little bit of commentary. I’ve been doing this because despite presumptions that the concept of mutual submission is a modern egalitarian idea, we find that Calvin writing 500 years early understood Ephesians 5:21 to… Continue reading Calvin on marriage
Having had a look at what Calvin has to say about slaves and masters based on Paul’s teaching in Ephesians 5-6, I thought it would be worth having a look at his comments on the other two issues treated there, first on parents and children, then on wives and husbands. Calvin picks up on the… Continue reading Calvin on parents and children
I thought it might be of interest to have a look at one of the Reformers and see how he handled the question of slavery in Scripture. So here’s some commentary on how John Calvin handles Ephesians 6. Calvin is of particular interest because as I’ve argued previously, he seems to argue from Ephesians 5:21… Continue reading Calvin on slavery
Most people celebrate Halloween on the 31st October but this day is also significant because it marks the anniversary of over 500 years since the Reformation started. What were the exciting fresh discoveries that motivated men like Luther, Calvin and Zwingli to challenge the corruption, abuse and superstition of their day?
I’m breaking off from where I planned to go next in my discussion of the Trinity and the relationship of the Son to the Father. The reason is that I want to look at a specific example of a dispute. The dispute concerns “Eternal Generation.” A Creedal Matter This is the belief as stated in… Continue reading Grudem and Ware: heretics or a disagreement over language?
The context to John 5:19-29 is that Jesus had healed on the Sabbath. He claimed the right to do this because he was doing what his Father did. His opponents saw in this reference to God as father a claim to divinity and therefore blasphemy. We can assume from that, that it was not the… Continue reading How does the Father relate to the Son? (A second look at John 5:19-27)
Another row has been brewing and building state side and whilst it may not appear to have immediate implications here in the UK, I believe the implications are there both because of the international interconnectedness of the church and because there are lessons and warning signs of for us too. The row centres around an… Continue reading Aimee Byrd and Biblical manhood (part 1)