Here I Stand: Heaven Opened

Here I Stand: Heaven Opened

When I was a monk, I didn’t accomplish anything through fasting and prayer. This is because neither I nor any of the other monks acknowledged our sin and lack of reverence for God. We didn’t understand original sin, and we didn’t realize that unbelief is also sin. We...
Here I Stand: A Beautiful Swan

Here I Stand: A Beautiful Swan

On July 6, 1415 the Bohemian priest Jan Hus was unceremoniously stripped of his vestments and condemned to die for heresy against the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church. Hus had advocated for morality amongst clergy, that the Scriptures be translated and taught in...
Here I Stand: Against the Church?

Here I Stand: Against the Church?

“Unless I am convinced by the teachings of Holy Scripture or by sound reasoning… I am tied by the Scriptures I have quoted and my conscience. I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against my conscience is neither safe nor right. Here I stand. God help me!...
Here I Stand: Public Theology

Here I Stand: Public Theology

The phrase public theology is one I have seen quite often lately. Now, to those of us who live in the Western world, such a phrase seems like an oxymoron. We’ve been told that religion and spirituality are private things, that there is a split between the sacred and...
Here I Stand: A Beggar Before God

Here I Stand: A Beggar Before God

In February 17, 1546, on his way back to Wittenberg, Germany after arbitrating a dispute, Martin Luther began to complain of sharp pain in his chest. The first attack passed, but a second quickly followed, and it soon became clear that he was nearing the end of his...
Truly Good Works

Truly Good Works

When you are taking a walk, cleaning your house, taking out the trash, eating lunch, changing a baby’s diaper, sleeping, working at your profession or replacing a lightbulb in your closet, you are engaging in everyday things that often seem to have no significance....