Today is Reformation Day and a reminder that God grants reformation and revival not primarily through new church programs or slick technologies, but through the simple act of opening the Bible:
“I simply taught, preached, and wrote God’s Word; otherwise I did nothing. And while I slept, or drank Wittenburg beer with my friends, Philip and with Armsdorf, the Word so greatly weakened the papacy, that no prince or emperor ever inflicted some damage upon it. I did nothing; the Word did everything.” (Martin Luther, The Eight Wittenburg Sermons, 1522)
For more information about Luther and his act that sparked the Protestant Reformation, Justin Taylor has posted some good resources.
“People do not drift toward Holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated.”
D.A. Carson, For the Love of God, volume 2, Jan. 23
Listverse shows how the following misconceptions about the Middle Ages (the period between the 5th century and the 16th century) are false:
1. People of the Middle Ages were crude and ignorant.
2. People in the Middle Ages believed the earth was flat.
3. Women were oppressed in the Middle Ages.
4. The Middle Ages were a time of great violence.
5. Peasants lived a life of drudgery and back-breaking work.
6. People didn’t bathe in the Middle Ages, therefore they smelled bad.
7. Peasants had thatched roofs with animals living in them.
8. The poor were kept in a state of near starvation.
9. Bibles were locked away to keep the people from seeing the “true word”.
10. The death penalty was common in the Middle Ages.
Read the whole thing.
And now for something completely different. With the release of Star Wars: Force Unleashed II today, here are two epic TV spots for the game. Whatever you believe of the rumors that Lucas might be thinking of making a new trilogy, these certainly make an argument for a cinematic return to the universe.
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“It is not other religions, or a resistant culture. Our idolatry is the single biggest obstacle to world mission. We are a scandal, a stumbling block to the mission of God. Reformation is the desperate need of our day, and it must start with us. If we want to change the world, we must first change our world.”
– Chris Wright at the Lausanne Congress
Forget The Shack, Douglas Wilson offers seven reasons for the importance of Fred Sanders’ great new book on the Trinity.
The video is now available of Piper’s exposition of Ephesians 3 at Cape Town. He summarises the chapter in three scenes that portray the cosmic wisdom and mystery of God’s plan, the value of suffering, and the power of prayer.
Watch: part 1 | part 2
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