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23 Mar 2017

The Sword or the Cross?

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This only I would learn of you, whether you are baptized on the sword or on the Cross?--Menno Simons

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Reflection by Edwin Woodruff Tait, contributing editor Christian History

In discussions about Christian attitudes to war, one of the surest ways to annoy people is to take an “almost pacifist” position—holding that war is legitimate in...

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21 Mar 2017

Why Does God Allow War? Historical Reflections

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Reflections by our senior editor Chris Armstrong

In 2004, Christian History 's senior editor Chris Armstrong published an article in Leadership Journal called "Waiting for the Bombs," describing how young British pastor Martyn Lloyd-Jones braced his people in the fear-filled days before London’s Blitz:

On September 7, 1940, just over a year after...

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16 Mar 2017

Let Hardship Grow Us

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Whatever tribulation finds in us, it develops more fully. . . . So everyone may learn from tribulation how his heart is constituted.-- Martin Luther

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Reflections by Andrew Garnett, minister at Forest Hills Baptist Church

On November 3, 1515, Martin Luther began to lecture on Romans at the University of Wittenberg. Luther had been a professor...

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13 Mar 2017

Hallowed Be Thy Names

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"Hallowed Be Thy Names" - A Vietnam War veteran shares his moving tribute to those who gave everything.

HALLOWED BE THY NAMES

by Stephen Brown, LT USN, composed after his first visit to the Vietnam War Memorial ("The Wall") in Washington, DC.  


From Dulles Airport I grow impatient
Not knowing my way around.
It has taken all day
Leaning on my cane
To...

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9 Mar 2017

threats of violence

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"The worldlings are armed with steel and iron, but the Christians are armed with the armor of God, with truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, and the Word of God." -- Schleitheim Confession

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 by Michelle Curtis, CHI intern

A couple months ago, my pastor gave a children’s sermon in my Mennonite church and asked the kids: What do you do...

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2 Mar 2017

fasting-as-a-means-of-grace

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"O LORD, which for our sake didst fast forty days and forty nights; Give us grace to use such abstinence, that, our flesh being subdued to the spirit, we may ever obey thy godly motions in righteousness, and true holiness, to thy honor and glory."—Thomas Cranmer

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by Jennifer Woodruff Tait, managing editor of Christian History magazine.

"O...

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24 Feb 2017

The Reformation at 500: Protestant theology in art and material culture

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Protestant theology was not simply expressed in the written or printed word: it could also be found in sculpture, paintings, jewelry, and, yes, even a beer stein.

by Jennifer Awes Freeman


 
Installation view of the exhibition "Martin Luther: Art and the Reformation"; 30 October 2016 - 15 January 2017. Organized in cooperation with the Minneapolis...
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20 Feb 2017

How World War I Inspired The Lord of the Rings

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...and other things you will learn from our new issue on faith in the World Wars

By Jennifer Woodruff Tait

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love The Lord of the Rings . I take every opportunity to sneak it into everything. I am a huge fan of all the Inklings and their friends and mentors, in fact, and immensely  enjoyed working on our issue...

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16 Feb 2017

God's second best gift

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Next to God's Word, his best gift is a pious, cheerful, God-fearing, home-keeping wife with whom you can live in peace and tranquility; to whom you can entrust your goods and body and life. --Martin Luther (as quoted in Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church, vol. VII (1849), 461.

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Reflections by Diana Severance, director of Dunham...

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