Author: Mark Earngey

Luther’s Liturgical Reforms

This article is part 1 of 1 in the series Reformation LiturgiesDuring the winter of 1521-22, Martin Luther (1483-1546) – former Augustinian friar recently declared a heretical outlaw – was protected in the Wartburg Castle by Elector Frederick the Wise of Saxony.  While he was occupied translating the Scriptures into the German tongue, a storm of controversy brewed in his beloved Wittenberg.  The urgent, and often unruly, demands of students and citizens for ecclesiastical reform were met by the restive actions of Andreas Bodenstein von Karlstadt (1486-1541), who celebrated the mass in his native German tongue on Christmas Day 1521. ...

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A Clear or Cloudy Gospel? – Book Review: The Suburban Captivity of the Church

An interesting juxtaposition of events happened to me last week.  I found myself reading Tim Foster’s The Suburban Captivity of the Church at the same time as eagerly following the consultation conference of the Australian chapter of The Gospel Coalition.  Tim Foster is the Vice Principal of Ridley Theological College in Melbourne and the book has been shortlisted for the Australia Christian Book of the year award.  The Gospel Coalition Australia is a local iteration of The Gospel Coalition originating in the US.  Two voices labouring to see Australia won for Christ.  Yet, given the difference in descriptions of...

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