Dear Church Family

Dear Church Family, This will be the last time I note differences between Sam and me. (Well, maybe not.) You probably have detected a difference in preaching style. I tend to be animated in the pulpit—arms f...

Martin Luther, “Here I Stand”

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses (or statements of faith) on the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, sparking the Protestant Reformation. Martin Luther was a preacher, a theolog...

John Calvin, for the Glory of God

John Calvin was born in Noyon, France, July 10, 1509. Although Calvin is often considered the most influential reformer, the main reformation battles were already won by his time. While Calvin was still learnin...

Menno Simons, the Radical Reformation

The Radical Reformation is a term to describe the groups of religious innovators who remained in neither the Roman Catholic nor mainline Protestant churches. Radical reformers lived outside the established orde...

Ulrich Zwingli, Bold Soldier of Jesus Christ

It was the Fall of 1531 and war was imminent among rival territories (called cantons) in Switzerland. In October the city of Zurich was attacked. The few troops from Zurich were soon defeated and one of the gre...

Not Why, But What

“Pastor, why do you think this is happening to me? Is it because I failed to show sympathy to my mother?” No doubt you have been asked a similar question, from “why did God not let me get the job” to “why di...

Truths to Carry You Through Your Day

"Your mind is a battlefield; not a theme park.” -Priscilla Shirer I read this quote the other day in my devotional and it resonated with me on a whole new level. This wise statement, penned by author and spe...