The new blog ‘Riding Shotgun’ has arrived…

'Riding Shotgun' was the term used for the role a bodyguard sitting alongside the driver of a stagecoach in the Wild West. The bodyguard's role was to provide some 'double barrel' action against bandits, cowboys and hostile Indians. The Wild West days might be long gone, but theological bandits, religious cowboys, and yella liberals (some … Continue reading The new blog ‘Riding Shotgun’ has arrived…

Luther’s Eight Sermons at Wittenberg, March 1522 (Part 4)

As a pastor returning to the mess that Karlstadt had begun - in trying to bring revolution - Luther explains the method he uses to decide whether something is to be considered 'free' or a 'must'. Remember this is Luther's third sermon having returned from Wittenberg from isolation in Wartburg Castle (although he probably didn't … Continue reading Luther’s Eight Sermons at Wittenberg, March 1522 (Part 4)

Luther’s Eight Sermons at Wittenberg, March 1522 (Part 3)

Luther begins his second sermon with a summary of his sermon from the day before: ‘Dear friends, you heard yesterday the chief characteristics of a Christian man, that his whole life and being is faith and love. Faith is directed toward God, love toward man and one’s neighbor, and consists in such love and service … Continue reading Luther’s Eight Sermons at Wittenberg, March 1522 (Part 3)

Luther’s Eight Sermons at Wittenberg, March 1522 (Part 1)

What do you say to a congregation that has been influenced for change in a radical manner? In his first sermon on March 9 1522, Luther begins by laying down some ground rules for his Wittenberg congregation—many of whom had not seen him since he left for the Diet of Worms in April the previous … Continue reading Luther’s Eight Sermons at Wittenberg, March 1522 (Part 1)