By Scott Keith - The First Missteps: Melanchthon was the consummate tinkerer and was never completely satisfied with anything he authored. Directly after the presentation of the Augsburg Confession and the publication of the Apology, Melanchthon began to make changes to the Augsburg Confession. These changes have become known as the Variata, or Altered Augsburg … Continue reading A Man of Trouble
By Scott Keith - We All Love a Good Controversy The late 1520s brought controversy to the budding Lutherans and Melanchthon. Among them was what would come to be known as the Antinomian Controversy. Johan Agricola, a colleague and preacher, had begun to argue that the Law no longer needed to be preached to Christians … Continue reading Freewheeling Libertine or Law Dog?
By Bob Hiller - Well, if my calculations are correct, by the time you read this blog (I am writing this on Tuesday night), the Golden State Warriors will be on the brink of completing their undefeated playoff run by sweeping the Cleveland Cavaliers out of the NBA Finals. (Though, if you read my blog, … Continue reading The Isolated Pastor
By Jonathan Holmes - I’ve been a fan of superheroes for as long as I can remember. There is just something about them that screams, “STRENGTH! CONFIDENCE!” They deal with adversities unlike anyone else, terrestrial or extraterrestrial. Without ceasing, it always seems that they conquer their foe, even if they first have to fall to … Continue reading The Superhero as Contemporary Mythos
By Scott Keith - By Order of the Emperor To develop a united front against the Turks, Emperor Charles V decreed that an imperial diet would convene at Augsburg to deal with the "evangelical problem," among other things. The emperor announced that the diet would convene on April 8, 1530. Prior to the diet, the … Continue reading The Birthday of the Lutheran Church
By Tim Winterstein - Who am I and what am I doing here? Or to beg a phrase, what the hell is going on? Why am I talking about films and theology? You definitely don't need another person, Lutheran or not, telling you what to think about movies. Good. Because I have no desire to … Continue reading We’re Going To the Movies!
By Scott Keith - Early Days at Wittenberg Contrary to popular opinion, Melanchthon never served as a parish pastor. Unlike Luther, he was not known as a preacher. But as John Schofield points out in his work Philip Melanchthon and the English Reformation, his 1519 Bachelor of Divinity degree earned at Wittenberg and his appointment … Continue reading Work, Work, Work