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Ecclesia Reformata, Semper Reformanda, by Jason Edwards

It has now been 500 years since Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg, launching the Protestant Reformation.

We emphasized this during Lent, focusing 5 midweek evensong services on the 5 “Solas” of the Reformation: Sola Fide (by faith alone), Sola Scriptura (by Scripture alone), Solus Christus (through Christ alone), Sola Gratia (by grace alone), and Soli Deo Gloria (glory to God alone).

Our study and celebration of the 500th Anniversary continues on October 29, Reformation Sunday. An interview with Ken Chatlos, sermon by Dr. Molly Marshall, and the singing of great hymns like Luther’s “A Mighty Fortress,” will surely lift our appreciation as we lift our praise to God for who God is and all God has done, is doing, and will do in our midst.

I hope you’ll join us as we continue to celebrate and ponder the impact of Christ in our world through the work of Reformation.  Perhaps you could do that this week by pondering another phrase related to the Reformation: Ecclesia Reformata, Semper Reformanda:  the church reformed and always reforming. The spirit of this idea suggests that the process of reformation is ongoing; never complete. I like this, because we serve a living God in a dynamic world. Why wouldn’t the work of faith be living and dynamic as well? The sometimes-overlooked assumption of Ecclesia Reformata, Semper Reformanda is that we reform with scripture and toward scripture. The goal of reformation is faithfulness to God and the biblical witness. I like this too.

And so, in the spirit of Ecclesia Reformata, Semper Reformanda, and with the Bible as your resource, what should be next in the Church’s ongoing work of renewal and reformation?

Posted by Jason Edwards at 6:00 AM