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5 Jan 2017

What Sola Scriptura Doesn’t Mean

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“If you can show me a single instance of infant baptism in the Bible, I am defeated. Anabaptist doctrine is therefore not new, but derives from Christ.”—Balthasar Hubmaier, Anabaptist reformer

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Reflections by Ryan Klein

When I first read the quote above, it reminded me of some things I used to hear people say when I was a very young Christian....

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30 Dec 2016

reformation stories for 2017

For the 2017 centenary of the Reformation, we highlight our pre-Reformation, Reformation, and counter-Reformation stories.

The Reformation and counter-Reformation were big events in western church history. Needless to say, many Reformation-era events and figures made it into our “It Happened This Day” series. Given that 2017 marks the fifth...

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29 Dec 2016

Great change is normal

“By identifying the new learning with heresy, you make orthodoxy synonymous with ignorance.”—Erasmus

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“By identifying the new learning with heresy, you make orthodoxy synonymous with ignorance.”—Erasmus

Reflections by Michelle Curtis, CHI intern

My church has an “old ladies” Sunday school class, and though I’m more than a half-century younger...

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28 Dec 2016

The Holy Innocents

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The church has traditionally observed this as a day to remember the most innocent of victims

When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had learned from the wise men.  Then was fulfilled...

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22 Dec 2016

Martin Luther is my favorite among the reformers

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Oh, then rejoice that through His Son, God is with sinners now at one" - Martin Luther

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Oh, then rejoice that through His Son
God is with sinners now at one;
Made like yourselves of flesh and blood,
Your Brother is the eternal God.
—Martin Luther “Vom Himmel kam der Engel Schar” 1543. Trans. Richard Massie

Reflections by Matt Forster, writer...

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15 Dec 2016

Carpenter Work

“By a carpenter mankind was made and only by a carpenter can mankind be remade” —Desiderius Erasmus

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Reflections by Joel Mumma
Four years ago, the relentless stresses of teaching finally caught up with me and forced me into early retirement after thirty years in the classroom. Since then, I’ve had more time alone with my thoughts than perhaps...

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8 Dec 2016

A bitter wound

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“The Lord has certainly inflicted a bitter wound in the death of our infant son. But He is Himself a father and knows what is good for His children.” —John Calvin

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“The Lord has certainly inflicted a bitter wound in the death of our infant son. But He is Himself a father and knows what is good for His children.” —John Calvin

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6 Dec 2016

Pearl Harbor, trenches, and conscientious objectors: Christian History announces an issue on Faith in the World Wars

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By Jennifer Woodruff Tait

Some decades ago, I was due on an anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. My mother announced her intention to name me Pearl if I arrived on the intended day. The fact that I did not is obvious from the name I got instead, but I’ve always felt a particular interest in the day and its...

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