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Captive Congregation (via Atlas Obscura)

This Victorian era prison chapel placed the congregants/prisoners in seperate booths so they couldn’t see one another.
Today they just have worship with the lights out instead.
Though I accept that putting a roomfull of malcontents together in a dark room would have made for a very risky environment.
These days we could market it as introvert church.

Source: Atlas Obscura.


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Luther: The Life and Legacy of the German Reformer (Full Documentary from Ligonier viewable at Youtube for a limited time)

Ligonier Ministries have a documentary about Martin Luther that they’ve placed on YouTube for a week or so.
If the YouTube embed below doesn’t work it’s too late.
Please don’t complain to me if you miss out.
It is available to purchase by a variety of means from their website.
Luther was not a perfect man, and the documentary does not argue for that.
He was used by God, and we can learn from that.

Here’s the trailer.

Here’s the documentary, while it lasts.


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What Is Reformation Day? (via Stephen Nichols at Ligonier)

Some parts of the Christian church will recognise the Reformation tomorrow.
The legacy of the Reformation is more than the simple theological distinctive of justification by faith; without its impact the western church would be unrecognisable in its worship, ministry, and mission.
From an article by Stephen Nichols.

What is Reformation Day? It is the day the light of the gospel broke forth out of darkness. It was the day that began the Protestant Reformation. It was a day that led to Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox, and may other Reformers helping the church find its way back to God’s Word as the only authority for faith and life and leading the church back to the glorious doctrines of justification by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. It kindled the fires of missionary endeavors, it led to hymn writing and congregational singing, and it led to the centrality of the sermon and preaching for the people of God. It is the celebration of a theological, ecclesiastical, and cultural transformation.

Read the whole post here.


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Augustine

The final theologian statue is probably the most significant of them all.
Augustine’s ministry, life, and teaching are recognised by the entire Christian Church.


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J. C. Ryle

I was introduced to the writings of John Charles Ryle by my then pastor, George Logan.
Ryle’s writings on the Gospels are timeless: theological and practical, doctrinal and devotional.
Reading them never fails to inform and instruct.
It was a pleasure to order a Ryle theologian statue.
Here’s a brief article about him written by John Piper.


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John Knox

My John Knox theologian statue from Missional Wear arrived.

Knox was not so much a theologian as a pastor.

A working-class theologian as it were.

I was glad to have backed the creation of this statue because Knox seems neglected among those who have contributed to our theological heritage.


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What Is Reformation Day? (via Stephen Nichols at Ligonier)

May churches will acknowledge the Reformation tomorrow, the Sunday before October 31.
Stephen Nichol provides a summary of why.

What is Reformation Day? It is the day the light of the gospel broke forth out of darkness. It was the day that began the Protestant Reformation. It was a day that led to Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox, and may other Reformers helping the church find its way back to God’s Word as the only authority for faith and life and leading the church back to the glorious doctrines of justification by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. It kindled the fires of missionary endeavors, it led to hymn writing and congregational singing, and it led to the centrality of the sermon and preaching for the people of God. It is the celebration of a theological, ecclesiastical, and cultural transformation.

Read the whole post at Ligonier.