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If the Ten Commandments were not impossible enough, the preaching of Christian behavior, of Christian ethics, of Christian living, can drive a Christian into tr...Read More

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“Out of love for the truth and the desire to bring it to light…” So opened Martin Luther’s 95 Theses on All Hallows’ Eve in 1517. October 2017 marks t...Read More

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“Out of love for the truth and the desire to bring it to light…” So opened Martin Luther’s 95 Theses on All Hallows’ Eve in 1517. October 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany. This act jump-started the Protestant Reformation...Read More

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This evening we will together take a very abbreviated look at what led Luther down the long road to the discovery of the Gospel. Truth be told, the content of what I’ll say tonight will contain nothing that is original on my part. My words are totally parasitic on, a distillation of, the work of my betters: respected Luther scholars...Read More

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The Evangelical (Lutheran) Reformation which we celebrate this week changed Christianity permanently. As a way of confessing the significant doctrinal changes which occurred during the Reformation, the “Five Solas“ of the Reformation, which are no more than Latin theological slogans, were developed....Read More

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OUR VISION: 1517 The Legacy Project serves churches and the world by providing a safe place for those broken by the church, supplying theological resources that strengthen congregations, and modeling ways of engaging the culture in a manner that is thoughtful, courageous, and Christ-centered. 1517 is growing! ...Read More

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Nothing sums up the identity of a Christian better than the phrase: "Simul Iustus et Peccator" (Simultaneously Righteous and Sinner). The Christian is, at the same time, wholly (totus) a sinner, who deserves God's temporal and eternal punishment, and wholly (totus) righteous* before God on account of Jesus' Good Friday....Read More

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Emperor Charles the V, in order to develop a united front against the Turks, decreed that an Imperial Diet would convene at Augsburg for the purpose of dealing (among other things) with the "Evangelical Problem." The Emperor announced that the diet would convene on April 8, 1530. Prior to the diet, the outlook for the new...Read More

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The term "Gospel" is extant in the oldest Greek authors. In Homer, the word signifies one who collects a reward by proclaiming happy news. In Aristophanes and Isocrates this word signifies a reward given because of something that was done well, or because of a report of happy events. The Apostle [Paul] himself uses...Read More

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We've all been asked, "How do I pick a church to attend?" And it is not a small question! In one way or another, we at 1517legacy.com are always attempting to answer that question-and in a Biblical way! Wise laity will select a parish by what it confesses. Many of us long ago eliminated the Roman Catholic choice...Read More