Category Archives: Theological

How is civil life to be run – Summarizing Articles 37-39

For the most part, the final three Articles dealing with the relationship between Church and State contain a political theology that is familiar to the American reader today.  Promises and solemn oaths are permitted, the ownership of property is upheld … Continue reading

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O come let us adore him

O Come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant, O come ye, O come ye to Bethelehem; Come and adore him, born the King of angels. For weeks we have repeated the Bible’s final prayer: “Even so, come Lord Jesus.”  We … Continue reading

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Article 39: Swearing Oaths

This is part of my commentary series on The 39 Articles of Religion.  Article 39 states: XXXIX. Of a Christian man’s Oath As we confess that vain and rash Swearing is forbidden Christian men by our Lord Jesus Christ, and … Continue reading

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Article 38: Private Possessions

This is part of my commentary series on The 39 Articles of Religion.  Article 38 states: XXXVIII. Of Christian men’s Goods, which are not common The Riches and Goods of Christians are not common, as touching the right, title, and … Continue reading

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What is the Word of God?

What do you think of when you hear the phrase “the Word of God”? Martin Luther, the great leader of the Protestant Reformation, had a break-down answer that might surprise many of us today.  Typically, a Protestant today might expect … Continue reading

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Article 37: Civil Authority

This is part of my commentary series on The 39 Articles of Religion.  Article 37 states: XXXVII. Of the Civil Magistrates The King’s Majesty hath the chief power in this Realm of England, and other his Dominions, unto whom the … Continue reading

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How is ministry carried out – summarizing Articles 31-36

Articles 31 through 36 are a mix of theological and practical points of faith.  As with the previous Articles on the Church and the Sacraments, the positions here are navigated in between the excesses of Rome and the excesses of … Continue reading

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