In this thesis, Luther boldly asserted that for the will after the fall of Adam is captive and subject to sin; it exists in name only, and as long as it does what it is able to do, it commits a mortal sin. This thesis was perhaps the most offensive of all to the papal party in Luther’s day. In February, 1520, the theological committee was established to examine Luther’s writings.
Zwingli's view on the Eucharist (as well as baptism) is heavily influenced by two factors. First, Zwingli had served as a chaplain in the Swiss Confederacy. In this military context Zwingli learned the importance of rank and allegiance. He spoke of the essence of the sacrament as consisting in Pflichtszeichen, that is, a "demonstration of allegiance."
“What makes you think your father was never proud of you?” I asked a millennial man in my counseling office years ago. He was leaning over, rubbing his temples with his palms. When he finally looked up at me, eyes glistening with tears, he gave a simple answer: “Because he never told me so.”
Jesus cultivated his disciples to be faithful workers. What the church needs to do is to cultivate faithful workers and keep them for the next generations. A Korean dictionary defines ‘faithfulness’ as ‘sincerity coming from the heart.’ Faithfulness cannot be forced. True faithfulness comes from the heart.
Pastors' compensation -- it’s a sensitive issue. Pastors not become pastors because it’s a lucrative career—they answered God’s call to save souls. But pastors can’t live if they are not properly compensated either. I am writing this article in part as a response to the recent study released by Grey Matter Research & Consulting, looking at the financial struggles of Evangelical pastors in the US as well as a study done by AARP and AAAJ surveying 50 and older Asian Americans. Both studies were released on April 2016.
It is definitely not an easy task to raise children well. As I raised two daughters, I refrained myself from writing a book about child education. I come to understand that knowing few principles of child education doesn’t guarantee you to raise your children well.
One of the largely unspoken phenomenon of the past decade has been the decline in large churches located at only one site. Most of the large church growth today is taking place at multisite churches.
What if church members began their own form of sermon preparation? For countless decades, we have heard about the role of pastors in sermon preparation. The number of hours they need to prepare. The priority of preparation. The role of prayer in sermon preparation.
If you are being conscious about aging, then it means that you have aged. I am now being conscious about aging. It feels a little sad that I am aging. I want to deny that I’m aging but it’s a reality that I cannot deny. If you want to decrease the number of candles on your birthday cake, then it means that you have aged.
We've all been informed once or multiple times in life that our phones are ringing and that we should answer it. These cases happen because we either are not listening, paying attention, or we hear the call but simply ignore it. For months prior to this week, people from all around the world were telling one another to pick up the phone! This was a call that they did not want to reject or miss; it was a call from God.
I was very sick last Sunday night. It was the worst I’ve felt recently. My faced turned pale and I felt thoroughly exhausted. I thought about four things that night. First, I thought about the pain of those who were sick. Being sick is painful. When we are sick, we lose motivation, and we become discouraged. While we are sick, if we don’t protect our hearts, fear and worry also enter into our hearts.
The kingdom of God is hidden in a small mustard seed. A mustard seed is small but when planted it becomes a big tree so that birds come to nested on. All big and great things begin humbly with small thing.
God has made human as being open. Human is not being closed but being open. Human continues to grow and mature. This is the secret of life.
Do We Have Free Will, or Are We Under the Bondage of Will? A Look at Martin Luther's Heidelberg Disputation, Part II
Then, here is the question that arises: If that is true what is the free will for man? What on earth is the free will to choose whatever I do and wherever I go? Luther says that if we are to use the term “free will” at all, we should limit it to our everyday freedom in those things that are below us but not attempt to extend it to those things are “above us” (LW 33,70). What does that mean? It is simply, once again, an attempt to give account of the way things are.
Do We Have Free Will, or Are We Under the Bondage of Will? A Look at Martin Luther's Heidelberg Disputation, Part I
Theses 1 through 12 deal with the question of our objective deeds: “What must a man do to be saved? How humans can advance on the path to righteousness? For these questions, the theologian of glory answers that the good works of man are necessary for our righteousness before God, but Luther rejected these ideas of the theologian of glory.