Author: Gareth Brandt

Lamenting Luther

Not everything about Martin Luther is to be celebrated. Luther’s opinions regarding Jews, many of them written in his book, On the Jews and Their Lies, are disturbing. “Set fire to their synagogues or schools… Jewish houses should be razed and destroyed… prayer books and Talmudic writings, in which such idolatry, lies, cursing, and blasphemy […]

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Canadian Thanksgiving

THANKSGIVING We take a brief break from our 500th anniversary of Martin Luther series to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend. I am thankful for family, food, and friends as usual but in this 150+ year of celebration let us give thanks for all the blessings we enjoy in this wonderful political entity called Canada. […]

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Luther is known for his rediscovery of Romans 1:16 “The just shall live by faith” and the subsequent Latin phrases “Sola Gracia” and “Sola Fidela” i.e. we are saved only by grace through faith. Today’s reflection is inspired by a third phrase: “Sola Scriptura” which means that Scripture alone is our authority for faith. […]

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