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Monthly Archives: October 2016

Thomas Cranmer, Cowardice, and Courage

A brief sketch from the pages of Reformation history. Four hundred sixty years ago, on March 21, 1556, a crowd of curious spectators packed University Church in Oxford, England. They were there to witness the public recantation of one of the most well-known English Reformers, a man named Thomas Cranmer. Cranmer had been arrested by Roman … read more »

Holiness and Halloween

As a church history professor, October 31st is one of my favorite holidays. That’s because it is Reformation Day; and this year will mark 499 years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany in 1517. Watch Jamie Jackson’s interview with Dr. Nathan Busenitz concerning how … read more »

Luther’s Personal Reformation

It was just over 500 years ago, in the fall of 1510, that a desperate Roman Catholic monk made what he thought would be the spiritual pilgrimage of a lifetime. He had become a monk five years earlier, much to the surprise and dismay of his father, who wanted him to become a lawyer. In … read more »

Reformation Fire

“Is not My word like fire?” declares the Lord, “and like a hammer which shatters a rock? (Jer. 23:29) What caused the Reformation? Many people might answer that question by pointing to Martin Luther and his 95 Theses. But if you were to ask Luther himself, he would not point to himself or his own writings. … read more »

Our Undying Hope

Fox’s Book of Martyrs is a must read for every Christian. Written by John Fox over 350 years ago, it catalogs the lives of hundreds of believers who, throughout church history, were willing to give their lives for the cause of Christ. When it comes to contagious courage, I can think of no greater testimony … read more »

Fame vs. Faithfulness

Today concludes our series highlighting five compelling motivations to preach the Word. Motivation 5: Preach the Word Because of the Deceptiveness of the Sensual (2 Timothy 4:3–4) Having reminded Timothy of the ultimate accountability, Paul continued by warning him that faithful preaching will not necessarily be popular preaching. As the apostle explained, “For the time … read more »

Where Duty and Privilege Meet

Over the past few days, in looking at Paul’s words to Timothy in 2 Timothy, we have considered two compelling motivations to preach the Word. Today, we will consider two more: Motivation 3: Preach the Word Because of the Dynamic of the Scriptures (2 Timothy 3:15–17) The faithful expositor is motivated, thirdly, by the nature of the … read more »

The Preacher’s Legacy

Yesterday, in discussing Paul’s final instructions in 2 Timothy, we examined the first of five reasons to preach the Word. Today’s post highlights a second compelling motivation. Motivation 2: Preach the Word Because of the Devotion of the Saints (2 Timothy 3:10–14) The faithful preacher is also motivated by his love and appreciation for those believers … read more »

Preaching in the Face of Danger

In the verses surrounding 2 Timothy 4:2, Paul provided his protégé with much-needed motivation to stand firm and persevere to the end. For Timothy, the command was clear: preach the Word; and the calling was deadly serious: souls were at stake. In order to equip him for the task, Paul gave Timothy five compelling reasons … read more »

The Call to Preach the Word

For the biblical expositor, 2 Timothy 4:2 majestically stands out as sacred ground. It is precious territory for every pastor who, following in the footsteps of Paul, desires to faithfully proclaim the Word of God. In this single verse, the apostle defined the primary mandate for God-honoring church ministry, not only for Timothy, but for … read more »