Sola Fide (Faith Alone): The Past, Present, and Future Hope of the Gospel (Part II/II)
Oct19

Sola Fide (Faith Alone): The Past, Present, and Future Hope of the Gospel (Part II/II)

by Kevin L. Hester This is part two of two. See part one here. Implications of Sola Fide The distinct understanding of salvation embodied in Sola fide continues today in those committed to their reformation heritage. The history of this thought is an interesting story surrounding a particular reading of Scripture which led to an event that would usher in the modern world. But that was 500 years ago. What relevance does it have for...

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Sola Fide (Faith Alone): The Past, Present, and Future Hope of the Gospel (Part I/II)
Oct16

Sola Fide (Faith Alone): The Past, Present, and Future Hope of the Gospel (Part I/II)

by Kevin L. Hester Outside of sola scriptura, the reformation principle of sola fide stands as the most central and divisive doctrinal distinction between Protestants and Roman Catholics today. In addition, the development of the Protestant doctrine of justification by faith alone impacted soteriology and pushed Christian doctrine forward in ways not seen in the Church since the great ecumenical councils.[1] Luther’s ressourcement of...

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The Reformers View of Religious Liberty
Oct09

The Reformers View of Religious Liberty

It was time for the believers living in Rome to stop arguing. Some Jewish Christians were reluctant to give up some ceremonial aspects of their faith, but others were not so reluctant. One disagreement involved the food they ate. Paul spoke into this unstable dispute, “I know and am convinced in the Lord that nothing is unclean in itself; but to him who thinks anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean” (Rom. 14:14).[1] Paul was not...

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Loving Your Pastor and His Family
Oct03

Loving Your Pastor and His Family

This month marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. As doctrinal truths about the nature of salvation were rediscovered, so to speak, so were doctrines about the church and its governance. As the doctrine of the priesthood of all believers became more clearly understood, clergy roles were redefined. Some churches were now led not by “Fathers” but instead by Christian brothers who were given the task of shepherding...

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