Where There Are People, There Too Are Stories: Interdisciplinary Engagement from Literature and Apologetics

By Marybeth Davis Baggett and A. Chadwick Thornhill Some books are indelibly tied to their historical moment. For readers, they conjure images of the past and bring to mind impressions of a bygone era. The glory of Rome’s Golden Age emanates from the pages of Virgil’s Aeneid; Anglo-Saxon heroism, from Beowulf. The Divine Comedy captures […]

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Engaging our Christian Heritage in its Broader Cultural Contexts: Interdisciplinary Engagement from History & Church History

By Sam Smith and Ken Cleaver What is the relationship between church history and general history? This is a question that arises from time to time both in the church and the academy. It is an especially important question for Evangelical Christians. The differences and similarities reveal how both disciplines play unique and vital roles […]

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Protestant-Muslim Relations in Reformation Europe: Peace Through Scripture More Than With “Pikes And Muskets”

By Benjamin Esswein Looking back at the Reformation, some striking expressions of the nascent, Protestant faith stand out. For instance, early Protestants eagerly and actively participated in proselytizing their movements through missions and Bible translations. Among the Evangelicals (Lutherans), this was especially true. As with Martin Luther’s famous theses and treatises, the printing press remained […]

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Women in the Reformation: Sola Scriptura’s Implications for Tradition and Authority

By Donna Davis Donald One of the defining issues of the Reformation was authority, specifically that of tradition versus scripture. With the refrain sola scriptura, the reformers affirmed the supremacy of the Bible as the source of authority. What remained was to sort out what that meant. Signature doctrines such as transubstantiation, purgatory, and clerical celibacy […]

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“Ordinary” Labor and Christian Calling: A Gift of the Reformation

By Roger Schultz The 16th Century Protestant Reformation transformed the concept of “calling” and work, paving the way for professions, market entrepreneurship and modern capitalism. We usually think of the Reformation’s impact on the Church and Christian theology – which was its primary focus, however, the Reformation also had a broad influence on politics, social […]

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The Reformation: Looking Backward to Move Forward

By Tyler Scarlett I have six children. Whenever our family circus piles into the minivan, it’s only a matter of time before someone blurts out, “Are we going to Nana’s house? Is it soccer day? Can we go to McDonalds?” Curious little minds constantly want to know “Where are we going?” Half a millennium ago, […]

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Sola Scriptura: Implications For Christian Scholarship And Integration

By John Woodbridge The Protestant Reformers Martin Luther (1483- 1546), John Calvin (1509-1564) and their evangelical colleagues taught that Holy Scripture should play a determinative role in any form of education.1 As advocates of sola scriptura, Luther and Calvin firmly believed the Bible inspired by the Holy Spirit reveals divine, fully trust-worthy doctrine and teachings about who […]

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Worship: Shaper of Society? OR Shaped by Society?

By Paul Rumrill and Tad Hardin Is the “spirit and truth” worship – worship that Jesus commends in John 4 – completely separate from today’s culture? What makes worship authentic in the Christian faith and daily life? Mankind is a worshipping creature.1 We operate poorly as individual entities, but marvelously in union with another, and best […]

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From South Bend to Lynchburg

By Mark Allen If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in their Protestantism, I have more: born again in the eighth grade and baptized by immersion; of the people of the Fundamentalists; of the tribe of Independent Baptists; an ordained Baptist preacher of ordained Baptist preachers; in regards to the Bible, a […]

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When “gospel” meets “kingdom”

By Colton Allen The gospel should never be reduced to simply a message of personal salvation. Doing so leaves us with a malnourished understanding of the gospel. It is much more than a message of personal salvation, but this is not to say that personal salvation is not an important part of the gospel. Instead, […]

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