Tim Challies is engaging in an upcoming project that I am delighted to climb on board with. He is holding a Reformation Day Symposium where he is asking for posts on Reformation Day and he is even throwing in a little contest to boot. Tim says this:
In recognition of the significance of this day, I would like to suggest that Christian bloggers mark October 31 with reflections on Reformation Day. You may want to reflect on a person, an event, or a particular point of theology. The topic is wide open, so long as it somehow ties in to Reformation Day. And remember, you do not need to be Reformed to appreciate the Reformation and all it stood for. If you do not have a blog of your own, but would still like to participate, why not ask another blogger if you can "guest" on his site that day (which is not to say that I am offering my blog for this purpose!).
I will gladly allow my site to serve as a repository for whatever links are provided to me. So, if you write an article, send me the link on October 31 and I will list it on my site.
In an attempt to make things even more interesting, I'll kick in a prize to the article that is determined to be "best" (as judged by myself and likely a couple of other judges, and based on whatever subjective criteria we come up with).
For a prize I'll offer:
- One print of your choice from Reformation Art.
- A copy of Steve Lawson's book Foundations of Grace, the first in his series "A Long Line of Godly Men."
So start thinking, start writing, and prepare to post your articles on October 31.
In his post, Tim quoted my "Reformation Day Meditation" from last year as follows:
But even the vast majority of those from protestant traditions, who believe that salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ alone, have little, if any, appreciation for the Reformation. Here in America these same folks will celebrate national holidays like the 4th of July or Memorial Day or Veterans Day with the gusto they deserve while neglecting to remember the Reformation. This is a shame because the things that transpired at the time of the Reformation were world shaping events, whereas the national holidays that people from countries around the world usually have particular significance to particular nations and peoples. The Reformation has a significance that transcends national concerns.
But more importantly, the Reformation has a spiritual significance which transcends these lesser matters of life, like the affairs of nations. This is because the Reformation marked the recovery of the doctrine of justification by grace alone, through faith alone, because of Christ alone, to the glory of God alone. It marked the recovery of the gospel. While it is true that these things are taught in the Scriptures and that no reformer or other human being should be given credit for the doctrines themselves, it is also true that these precious truths had been all but lost before the time of the Reformation. In His providence, God chose certain men at a certain time in history to recover the very gospel itself. It is this gospel by which we are saved. And we who confess the evangelical faith in our day are remiss in forgetting this important aspect of our history.
Ah well, I guess I won't be able to submit that one now will I? I'll have to think of something new.
I hope you will do the same and send in your own reflections on the Reformation.