Jack-o’-lanterns for Jesus

This is a post from years ago that has been on my mind since Hallowe’en is approaching *** Hallowe’en is a contraction derived from “All hallows even,” and marks the beginning of All Saints Day on November 1st.  All Saints is a time of commemorating those who have died in the faith.  Martin Luther chose…

Disciples and Division

Recently, I read Christian History magazine, issue 120: “Calvin, Councils, and Confessions–How the Church became the Churches.” Church history is a hobby. I identify less with a particular tradition than with anyone in Christ. I love church history because I see it as my history–Catholic, Orthodox, or Protestant. Issue 120 discusses the spread of Reformed…

The Storm of Martin Luther

Martin Luther 1483-1546 A few years ago I decided to read writings by major reformers.  I started with Martin Luther’s Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians.  Luther dedicated his life to God while out in a thunderstorm.  He was afraid for his life.  History suggests that storm transferred into Luther’s soul.  As the lightning rod…