Semper Reformanda: Reflecting on Reformation 500

Semper Reformanda: Reflecting on Reformation 500

This past Tuesday was the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his ninety-five theses to the door of the Castle Church at Wittenburg. In this document, Luther boldly criticized the Roman Catholic Church’s rather unbiblical sale of “indulgences"–where laypersons were...

The Five Solas: Soli Deo Gloria

The Five Solas: Soli Deo Gloria

What does it mean to give glory to God? This is a question I struggled with for far too much of my life and surprisingly didn’t receive an answer to for most of the time I found myself in need of one. Yet I was constantly commanded to do it over and over–often with contradictory advice...

The Five Solas: Solus Christus

The Five Solas: Solus Christus

A few weeks ago I was speaking with a young man who showed an obvious hatred towards anything relating to Christianity. Out of all the things he said which blasphemed my religion, there was one particular thing that stood out that really made me sad for him. He said he doesn't like Christianity because it gives God all the power and glory while humans remain...

The Fives Solas: Sola Fide

The Fives Solas: Sola Fide

Sola Fide–otherwise known as “justification by faith alone”–was notated by Martin Luther as, “The article with and by which the church stands." Rightfully so. For the Church is a body of those who have been declared righteous, and Scripture clearly states to us that “the just shall...

The Five Solas: Sola Gratia

The Five Solas: Sola Gratia

Grace. My favorite word. The beauty included in this small, five-letter word, draws us in and calls us home. It's a veil-lifter and a chain-breaker. It causes us to take our eyes off of ourselves and place them on Jesus, the grace giver. Because, it is by grace alone that anyone is saved—God's...

The Five Solas: Sola Scriptura

The Five Solas: Sola Scriptura

Sola Scriptura is a Latin phrase meaning “by scripture alone”. This phrase is one of the Five Solas that shaped the Reformer’s rallying cry during the Reformation. If you aren’t familiar with the Reformation itself, in a nutshell, it was the 16th-century movement for the reform of abuses...

Work and the Modern Christian Woman

Work and the Modern Christian Woman

I’m keeping a running list of all the aspects of my life as a woman in the twenty-first century that these last two waves of feminism have done a disservice. And if I also listed every responsibility and relationship in my life that currently demands more time than I have when all...

Sexual Assault and the Gospel

Sexual Assault and the Gospel

Sexual assault has affected millions of people in America with statistics reporting more than 300,000 people (ages 12 and over) being victims of rape and sexual assault each year. Out of those affected, 91% are women. With one in four women being sexually assaulted and one in...

Mary Magdalene: The Faithful Follower

Mary Magdalene: The Faithful Follower

Mary Magdalene is quite a familiar gal, as she was often on the scene during Jesus' ministry. Her presence was even found at the crucifixion, and her tears soaked the ground just outside where Jesus was laid. Many people have adopted an unbiblical view of Mary. But truly, who was she?...

The Person and Power of the Holy Spirit

The Person and Power of the Holy Spirit

In the beginning, He hovered over the waters of an unformed world that was being created for His glory. He is the One who came upon men of old and enabled them to perform their duties to the offices and roles that had be preordained for them (Genesis 1:2). He was the restraining...

Bad Theology Hurts People

Bad Theology Hurts People

As Christians, our theology shapes us. It comes forth in our relationships, conversations, and the way we respond to our circumstances. If our theology doesn't find it's foundation in Scripture, we can do serious damage to those around us...

One Christ, One Lord, One God

One Christ, One Lord, One God

I recently visited my mother’s home and had the chance to spend some time with loved ones. We sat around and partook in the usual American family tradition – turning on the television and try to make sense of the chaos that is happening in our present world. In the wake of all...