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  • ETS meeting focuses on Reformation heritage

    by David Roach, posted Monday, November 20, 2017 (one year ago)

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    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (BP) -- "The Heritage of the Reformation" was the theme at this year's annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, where Southern Baptists delivered nearly a third of the gathering's presentations and Trinity International University President David Dockery was elected president.

    According to a count by Baptist Press, some 185 of the Nov. 15-17 meeting's approximately 600 presentations were offered by scholars with ties to Southern Baptist churches, Southern Baptist Convention seminaries and colleges that partner with Baptist state conventions. Read More

  • Reformation yields Gospel unity, Mohler tells conf.

    by SBTS Communications, posted Tuesday, November 07, 2017 (one year ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- On the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's nailing of his famous 95 Theses to the castle church door in Wittenberg, Germany, R. Albert Mohler Jr. addressed Southern Baptist Theological Seminary's "Here We Stand" conference.

    The gathering of theologians and pastors to celebrate and reflect on the the Protestant Reformation's quincentennial was sponsored by Southern Seminary, Reformed Theological Seminary and Ligonier Ministries, Oct. 31-Nov. 2 in Southern's Alumni Chapel in Louisville, Ky. Read More

  • The Reformation was a missionary movement

    by Michael Haykin, posted Tuesday, October 31, 2017 (one year ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- It is well known that the Reformation entailed a recovery of core New Testament doctrines regarding salvation and worship.

    Did it also involve a recovery of the Great Commission?

    In one sense, no. The Roman church had been involved in a variety of missional enterprises throughout the Middle Ages. But in another, much deeper sense, yes -- the Great Commission did have to be recovered because medieval missions all too frequently involved forcible conversions like those of the Saxons by Charlemagne in the eighth and ninth centuries and the Albigensian Crusade in the early 13th century. Read More

  • 500 YEARS: Why the Reformation still matters

    by Daryl Cornett, posted Tuesday, October 31, 2017 (one year ago)

    The Reformation, Daryl Cornett notes, "is not dry, dusty irrelevant history" involving the Bible's authority in the church and how to find favor with God. "We would be wise to renew our commitment to that for which they sacrificed so much," he writes. Read More

  • 500 YEARS: 5 biblical charges for our day

    by Doug Mize, posted Tuesday, October 31, 2017 (one year ago)

    Doug Mize, in the spirit of Martin Luther's 95 Theses, sets forth five biblical charges for a modern-day Reformation "to lead us back to great purpose and true effectiveness in Gospel ministry." Read More

  • 500 YEARS: Baptists celebrate Reformation

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, October 31, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- European study tours, conferences, publications and confessions of Protestant unity are among the ways Southern Baptists celebrated the Protestant Reformation's 500th anniversary during the past year.

    Over that span, Baptist Press has published more than 30 stories and columns exploring the relation of Reformation theology to topics ranging from salvation to abortion, gender, Baptist origins and the celebration of Christmas. Read More

  • Reformation women's 'tremendous' impact highlighted

    by David Roach, posted Monday, October 30, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- For nearly the first century of its existence, the International Monument to the Reformation in Geneva did not include any women's names among the Protestant Reformation personalities it honored.

    But in 2002, the name Marie Dentiere was engraved on a stone marker, a notable though late acknowledgment that women played an important role in the church's 16th-century return to biblical roots.

    The Reformation "transformed the position of women," said Diana Severance, a ... Read More

  • Radical Reformation included in Bapt. commemorations

    by David Roach, posted Monday, October 30, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- While most Reformation commemorations this year have focused on the likes of Martin Luther, John Calvin and Ulrich Zwingli, some believers also have commemorated a lesser-known wing of the Reformation that sought to reform the Reformers -- the Radical Reformation.

    A catchall term, the "Radical Reformation" refers to 16th-century Christians who left the Roman Catholic Church but didn't believe the Magisterial Reformers -- as Luther, Calvin and company have come to be known -- went far enough in purifying the church. Read More

  • 500 YEARS: One verse of Scripture

    by Randy L. Bennett, posted Monday, October 30, 2017 (one year ago)

    Randy Bennett tells of a young but neurotic and fearful Augustinian monk who came across a Scripture verse 500 years ago that changed his life and impacted the world. Read More

  • Sola scriptura cited as Reformation bedrock

    by David Roach, posted Friday, October 27, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Sola scriptura is among the most important Reformation principles for believers to understand and apply. That's the conclusion of at least some Southern Baptist Convention seminary professors on the Protestant Reformation's 500th anniversary.

    Sola scriptura (Latin for "by Scripture alone") is the doctrine that the Bible alone is humankind's infallible rule for faith and practice.

    'The highest functional authority'

    Chris Chun, associate professor of church history at Gateway Seminary, told Baptist Press the Reformation's 500th anniversary "might be an appropriate time to reflect if Scripture still is the highest functional authority in Southern Baptist life and practice." Read More