Lady Jane Grey and a Letter that Shocked Victorians

According to historian Eric Ives, what Jane wrote in the Tower revealed much about her

Victorians found this letter so shocking that some “simply refused to believe that Jane wrote this. How could this model of young womanhood have so abused an older man and a cleric?” Ives asks, conveying their perplexities. In reality, Jane’s words were neither exceptional nor mean.   By the 19th century, the story of Lady... Continue Reading

Luther’s Theology: The Will’s Bondage

The Bondage of the Will is one of Martin Luther’s most important and enduring works

“Luther rejects the idea that man stands in the middle and can choose between a good spirit or bad flesh, or that original sin has only partially hindered man’s ability to perform acts of righteousness. Instead, he looks to Christ’s words John 3:6 that what is born of flesh is flesh, and what is born... Continue Reading

Primož Trubar – The Protestant Reformer Who Fashioned a Language

In a country where most of the population is Roman Catholic (57.8%) and only a small minority is Lutheran (0.8%), why is a largely unknown Protestant Reformer receiving such a massive recognition?

Besides his New Testament translation, Trubar authored 24 books, 22 in Slovene and two in German, paving the way for other translations and publications both in Slovene and in Croatian. Today, he is considered the founder of the Slovene language. What’s more, since a unified language brings unity, his contribution is deemed essential in the... Continue Reading

The Benefit of Christ – The Most Influential Book You Have Never Read

In 1543 an obscure Benedictine monk, Benedetto Fontanini, wrote “The Benefit of Christ;” the book sold 40,000 copies in six years in Venice alone.

Its organization reminds of the three categories of guilt, grace, and gratitude in the Heidelberg Catechism, which was written twenty years later. Some of its language is also similar, raising the possibility that the treatise influenced the catechism’s authors. For example, the first chapter, on sin and misery, is followed by a chapter on the... Continue Reading

Clothing Matters: What We Wear to Church

Why what we put on may be more important than we think.

We express this embodied totality in corporate worship through our shared symbols, rites, and rituals; through our posture and gestures as we bow, kneel, or lift our hands; through our actions when we stand or sit in unison or pour out our hearts musically in congregational song. And our clothing belongs on this list. By... Continue Reading

Why You Should Not Copy Spurgeon’s Schedule

Remember Spurgeon spent a large part of the last third of his life out of the pulpit while he recovered from depression-anxiety and multiple physical ailments.

In fact, many Christians of the past who are held up as examples of why we should work 70+ hours a week also suffered with various physical, emotional, and mental afflictions; and some of them died very young. But this doesn’t usually make its way into their biographies. Or, at least, it’s never connected to... Continue Reading

Aiming to Preach with Aims

The high aims of preaching demand the heavy labors of preachers.

This is what makes preaching powerful. It is not enough to read Bible commentaries, though many of preachers need to read more of them than they do. Commentaries help us understand the text, but they do not help us meet the goals of preaching. Though the Spirit is sovereign in his work, lacking zeal, vigor, or... Continue Reading

The Not So Simple Life

What does it mean to live simply?

The truth is God doesn’t call us to simplification. He calls us to sanctification. He calls us to obedience. He calls us to love. “Then Jesus told his disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose... Continue Reading

Why Young Leaders Struggle with Delegation

Some reasons why young leaders struggle with delegation.

Understanding the strengths of team members will assist the young leader in two ways. First, it can build confidence in the team members’ ability to carry out assignments. Second, it will help the young leader determine which assignments should be delegated to specific team members. And, hopefully, they will learn that there are those on... Continue Reading

Don’t Believe Your Own Hype

“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.” –Albert Einstein

A lot of us investors and founders often confuse metrics. In the early days of the mobile apps, we would ask developers how many downloads they had. “You have 5 million downloads? Great! This must be a very successful app!” In fact, just 10% of those 5 million downloads actually used the app. That’s not... Continue Reading