Category Archives: Martin Luther

Luther’s Papists as the Crucible for Becoming a Theologian of the Word

In Luther’s Works, vol. 34 in “Preface to the Wittenberg Edition of Luther’s German Writings” Luther writes the following in regard to the role that the devil and his minions play in the formation of becoming a good theologian, particularly … Continue reading

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Rachael Denhollander and Martin Luther’s Theology of the Cross

Like many of you, most likely, I watched Rachael Denhollander’s powerful testimony and statement made at Larry Nassar’s sentencing for his molestation of not only her but of more than a hundred other USA Gymnasts; he was the team doctor. … Continue reading

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Martin Luther the Theologian of Beauty: Contra Analogy of Being, David Bentley Hart, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Henri de Lubac, Nouvelle Théologie, and even Karl Barth (?)

I can go with beauty as a way into knowing God, but I cannot go with beauty as an a priori transcendental as identified by the philosophers as a way to know God; I am with Luther in identifying God’s … Continue reading

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Resourcing Martin Luther: A Gospel for the Common Person, not the Metaphysicians

I am about a third of the way through Mark Mattes’ new book Martin Luther’s Theology of Beauty, and it is exquisite. His chapter on Luther and philosophy is insightful, and reinforces notions I’d already been exposed to (years ago) … Continue reading

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33 Posts on Martin Luther: Remembering the 500 Year Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

In celebration of the 500 year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, I thought I’d share a link to my Martin Luther category here at the blog. Luther is probably my favorite Reformation theologian, and his theology of the cross has … Continue reading

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The Real Reason for Martin Luther’s Protestant Reformation: And How that Confronts and Contradicts what is Known as Reformed Orthodoxy Today

I was first introduced to Martin Luther’s theology, for real, in my 2002 Reformation theology class, during seminary, under the tutelage of Dr. Ron Frost (who I would later serve as a TA for, and be mentored by). Ron had … Continue reading

Posted in Classical Theism, Critiquing Classic Calvinism, Evangelical Calvinism, Martin Luther, Reformation, Reformed Theology, Ron Frost, T. F. Torrance | 14 Comments

Responding to Paul Tripp’s Sweeping Generalization against Christian Theologians and Academics: The Theology of the Cross as Antidote

[Qualification: My response in this post has more to do with the sentiment that the Tripp quote ostensibly communicates; it is a sentiment that I know many of us have experienced in our own ecclesial settings. The quote from Tripp … Continue reading

Posted in American Evangelicalism, Martin Luther, Theology Of Glory, Theology Of The Cross

If You Are Not a theologian of the Word You Are a theologian of Glory: Why Philosophy Has No Place in a Genuinely Christian Frame

I really only want to be a theologian of the Word. I realize the trend out there among guys and gals who take theology seriously is to pursue advanced studies in some sort of theological trajectory that has at its … Continue reading

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What is God? No. Who is God? The Impasse that Gave Us a Stillborn Evangelical and Reformed Faith

Who is God? Or maybe the question is: What is God? The latter question is what the Post Reformed orthodox theologians were concerned with, and it is this question that we receive an answer for in the Westminster Confession of … Continue reading

Posted in Cornelius van der Kooi, Critiquing Classic Calvinism, Doctrine Of God, Gijsbert van den Brink, Historical Christianity, Historical Theology, Martin Luther, Reformation, Reformed Theology, Ron Frost | 1 Comment

My 2002 Synopsis of Melanchthon’s Loci Communes, 1521

The following is a synopsis I wrote for my Reformation Theology class in seminary on Melanchthon’s, Loci Communes, 1521. Forgive me for some of my grammatical sloppiness. At this point I had never read any Karl Barth nor Thomas Torrance, … Continue reading

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