The Reformation & Spiritual Formation

Friday, 28 Jun 2013

"The result of the gospel ministry is faith and this faith bears the fruit of love and good works."
Luther and Calvin have a lot to teach us about heady doctrines like justification and election. We have to look elsewhere, though, when it comes to the brass tacks of Christian living. Any real engagement with the Reformers' work, however, dispels this widespread misunderstanding. They knew nothing of the modern dichotomy between doctrine and life; like the ancient fathers, Luther and Calvin used the word "piety" to encompass both. The problem, I suspect, is that many evangelicals today have in mind a rather narrow definition of piety and a list of spiritual disciplines that are ...

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