Reformation Heritage Books is having a special Reformation Day sale on books during this month, including a special gift certificate giveaway. Just place an order, and you are registered to win! You will find plenty of great titles at great prices (Remember those two new children’s book on Guido deBres and the Heidelberg Catechism I recently referred to here?). Be sure to check out their $5 and $10 sale books (under “categories” on the left side). Happy book shopping 🙂 Click on the link above to be taken directly to their site.
To help us remember and commemorate Reformation Day this year Ligonier Ministries having a series of posts on their blog about the major Reformers. This is a excellent way to be reminded of God’s great work in His church in the 16th century, and I encourage you to follow these posts.
Here is part of the introductory post by Steven Lawson:
As Reformation Day (Oct. 31) approaches, we will be presenting a series of posts about the major Reformers who led the effort to restore the church in the sixteenth century—Martin Luther, Ulrich Zwingli, William Tyndale, Heinrich Bullinger, and John Calvin. These posts are excerpted from Pillars of Grace by Dr. Steven J. Lawson. In this book, Dr. Lawson traces the teaching of the doctrines of grace from the Early Church Fathers to the Reformers. Each chapter focuses on one man and includes a biographical sketch. It is these biographical sketches that we will be posting on the blog. We hope you will enjoy and learn from the stories of these remarkable men. In today’s post, Dr. Lawson offers some background on the Reformation and the Reformers.
The Protestant Reformation stands as the most far-reaching, world-changing display of God’s grace since the birth and early expansion of the church. It was not a single act, nor was it led by one man. This history-altering movement played out on different stages over many decades. Its cumulative impact, however, was enormous. Philip Schaff, a noted church historian, writes: “The Reformation of the sixteenth century is, next to the introduction of Christianity, the greatest event in history. It marks the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of modern times. Starting from religion, it gave, directly or indirectly, a mighty impulse to every forward movement, and made Protestantism the chief propelling force in the history of modern civilization” (Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church, Vol. VII: Modern Christianity—The German Reformation [1910; repr., Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1980], 1). The Reformation was, at its heart, a recovery of the true gospel of Jesus Christ, and this restoration had an unparalleled influence on churches, nations, and the flow of Western civilization.