It’s time for another giveaway sponsored by our friends at 1517 the Legacy Project. Enter below to win a copy of Where Christ Is Present: A Theology for All Seasons on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation by John Warwick Montgomery and Gene Edward Veith.
About the Book:
Five hundred years ago, the church of Jesus Christ underwent a Reformation.
A lot happened after Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the castle church door in Wittenberg. But the fallout was not simply the start of Protestantism. The Roman Catholic Church also recast itself in response to Luther’s call for reforms. And contrary to common belief, Martin Luther did not set out to start a new church. Rather, he was trying to reform the church that already existed by reemphasizing its essence—namely, the “good news” (the gospel) that Jesus forgives and saves sinners.
The unity of the church was broken when the pope rejected this call for reform and excommunicated Luther, starting a chain of events that did lead to the institutional fracturing of Christendom and to a plethora of alternative Christian theologies. But, as many – including conservative Catholics – now admit, the church did in fact need reforming. Today, the church – including its Protestant branches – also needs reforming. Some of the issues in contemporary Christianity are very similar to those in the late Middle Ages, though others are new. But if Luther’s theology can be blamed – however unfairly – for fragmenting Christianity, perhaps today it can help us recover the wholeness of Christianity.
In the hope of that wholeness, Dr. Montgomery and Dr. Veith commissioned these essays celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, gathering some of the best contemporary voices the Lutheran church has to offer.
And we need these voices! The religious climate in the early 21st-century is simultaneously highly religious and highly secularized. It is a time of extraordinary spiritual and theological diversity. This book will propose the kind of Christianity that is best suited for our day. The remedies offered here are available by way of the same theology that was the catalyst for reforming the church five hundred years ago.
About 1517 The Legacy Project:
1517 is committed to informing you about and providing the finest in books and teaching materials dedicated to fuelling a new Reformation. Just as the first Reformation rediscovered, reclaimed and restated timeless truths from the Word of God, 1517’s mission is to reintroduce these truths to the contemporary church and culture.
These treasures have been lost or even rejected by the modern heirs to the Reformation. We believe that these forgotten doctrines and scriptural emphases can not only enrich the faith and lives of individual Christians and revive the church, but can address the deepest needs of our culture as well. Returning the doctrine of Justification to its central place in worship and teaching will renew the church. The doctrine of Vocation reveals God at work in our jobs and shows us the eternal meaning behind our everyday activities.
The doctrine of the Two Kingdoms returns sanity to the relationship between the church and politics. A proper distinction of the Law and the Gospel provides us a forthright and clear way to interpret the scriptures and allows us to tell the real truth about the Christian life.
All these things and more have been lost in today’s church. The end result is a shallow spirituality, and leaves the church very little of value to tell our lost culture. Add to this a rampant biblical illiteracy, even in the church, and our already bad situation becomes dire. It is our sincere hope that you find our materials useful in your own faith and in your witness to others.
We pray God will grant His Church another Reformation, and to this end we render our service.
Learn more at 1517Legacy.com.
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