The Protestant reformers’ almost frenetic attention to THE Word has left a powerful legacy. This power lies not in a onetime, long gone Reformation, but an ongoing process of continual reassessment and development of new biblical criticisms, new ways of reading the texts.
The Reformation remains relevant to the twenty-first century Church because it is a persistent call to continuous, Spirit-led change through the Word.
Like many of the writers in the collection, it took leaving the church I grew up in to find my way to a new understanding of God. But in fact, this “faith journey” was a kind of return—to something my childhood church community had once known, but forgotten.
A significant challenge in the coming decade is to continue to claim with confidence and boldness the Lordship of Christ in all things.
The Pew Research Center released some of the first data from its 2014 research on the religious affiliations of the populace of the United States. With the comparisons made to a similar 2007 study, there are a lot of interesting tidbits floating in the data, but there are also some concerning trends.
I’m Reformed for a bunch of reasons. They’re not the same as they were back when I was an arrogant 18 year old, when I wielded a theological hammer in the shape of the Dutch Reformed TULIP. It’s taken living a while. It’s taken dying a lot. It’s taken succeeding and failing in ministry for almost two decades. It’s taken the sober realization that the rabbit hole of my sin goes far deeper than good theological texts could have shown me. Let me explain.