I am always happy to find a jewel in a used book store. This 1952 Beacon Press book was the best dollar spent yet this year! In its short 260 pages, Bainton gives excellent comparisons of Lutheran, Reformed, and Anabaptist histories as well as differences in their beliefs. The chapter on Anabaptism (“The Church Withdrawn: Anabaptism”) is a great picture of our struggle for a pure church. I also enjoyed the chapter titled, “Comprehension and the Middle Way of Anglicanism” which explains some history and the unique place the Church of England took between Romanism and Protestantism. Perhaps the most unique thing about the book is the author’s application of these religious reformers to the political realm (church and state issues) and then to the economic realm (capitalism and Christian vocation).
Natural DisastersAugust 31, 2017
A number of interesting natural and unnatural things have happened in the last few days. We have seen an amazing solar eclipse which happens only a couple times in most people’s life time. Some people go too far on one side making such an eclipse a biblical sign from God, and others go too far […]
Human Nature, America, and the ChurchApril 29, 2017
America and, therefore, the Christian church are experiencing an upheaval unique to the present age but unlike any phenomenon in recent history. Cultural watchers have described it as post-Christian, post-modern, post-morality, slouching toward Gomorrah, God is dead, and also with Biblical terminology such as the great apostasy, the one-world church, the harlot of Revelation, etc. […]
Local Churches and Their PastorsOctober 29, 2016
The month of October afforded me a number of opportunities to fellowship with local church pastors from various states and even countries. Though I have written on the local church a lot this year, I want to relate the blessing that I received from my fellowship with these men and also to enhance our appreciation […]