Blog Posts by Aaron Denlinger

John Craig (1512-1600): From Roman Convict to Scottish Reformer (With Some Help from a Dog)

Article by   January 2016
John Craig might hold first place among unjustly forgotten figures of the Scottish Reformation. Craig merits attention not only for the noteworthy contribution he made to the progress of Protestantism in his native country following its official embrace of reform... continue

On Long Sermons and Family Feuds

Article by   December 2015
As is generally known, the Reformation entailed a recovery of preaching as a central feature of worship, a recovery which was rooted in the recognition that Scripture names proclamation of God's law and gospel as the means of creating and... continue

Sodom's Great Sin?

Article by   December 2015
Sodom. Arguably the most notorious city in Scripture. We cannot read or hear its name without our thoughts running to certain sins (most likely sexual in kind) that famously found a home there. Given John Calvin's reputation for a certain... continue

Martin Luther: Fat Reformer?

Article by   November 2015
By his own admission, Luther put on a few extra pounds in his later years. During a business trip (of sorts) to Eisleben (his place of birth) several days before his death, he joked to friends that he would shortly... continue

Luther: Rebel with a (Woman's) Cause

Article by   November 2015
Ever the reformer, Luther couldn't resist using his last will and testament to take a final stab at perceived corruption and advance his vision for a better way. The final target of his reforming efforts, however, was not the contemporary... continue

Ears Alone: A Neglected Reformation "Sola"?

Article by   October 2015
Use of the "five solas" -- sola scriptura, sola gratia, sola fide, solo Christo, and soli Deo gloria -- to collectively summarize Reformation theology is apparently a twentieth-century thing. The reformers, to be sure, used these phrases (or very similar ones) to... continue

Spousal Catechesis

Article by   October 2015
Christian catechisms of the question and answer variety came into their own in the sixteenth century. The German Reformer Johannes Brenz developed a Q. & A. catechism for propagating the (revised) Christian faith as early as 1527. Luther followed suit... continue

Against Hotels: Calvin on Gen. 18.1-8

Article by   October 2015
Somewhat curiously, Calvin judged "the great number of inns" populating the landscape of his day to be rather obvious "evidence of our depravity" -- the "our" in question being, in the first instance, early modern Europeans. What prompted such disapproval... continue

On Fatherhood Divine and Human

Article by   September 2015
In my experience, one of the principal delights of growing older -- more than adequate compensation for hair loss, aches and pains, and other unpleasantries associated with the art -- is seeing one's family increase through the addition of children... continue

Painful Lessons in Humility: Calvin on Gen. 17.1-27

Article by   September 2015
Scripture's account of God's command to Abraham to "circumcise the flesh of [his] foreskin" (Gen. 17.11; KJV) affords Calvin ample opportunity to reflect on the reality and nature of sacramental signs. Thus he is keen, in his comments on this... continue
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