Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Reformation Day

Calvinists: Christians whose theology suggests that they might not bother to book their hotel rooms in advance when planning a holiday, because they are absolutely convinced that someone else will have done it for them and if they haven't, there's no use trying. -Bacon Sandwiches and Salvation

Permit me one jest at the expense of the Reformation. It was written by a British author and speaker, Adrian Plass, and since he's British I think everyone will forgive him. I hope. Don't get me wrong--I love a good Calvinist (as well as a good anti-Calvinist) and I have the highest respect for his Institutes and his life.

But I also love to laugh.

I'll make up for it on Friday.

I was going to do "Names to Know" today, but I fear I lack the time. So I will include the five solas, and then go on to the movie reviews.

Five Solas of the Reformation

Sola Scriptura--Scripture Alone

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,  so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. -2 Timothy 3:16-17

Solo Christo--Christ Alone

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.
--Colossians 1:15-18

Solo Gratia--Grace Alone

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. --Ephesians 2:8-9

Sola Fide--Faith Alone

Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.”--Galatians 3:11

Soli Deo Gloria--Glory to God Alone
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out!
 “Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?”
 “Who has ever given to God,
that God should repay them?”
 For from him and through him and for him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen.
--Romans 11:33-36
Movie Reviews
The 1984 film John Wycliffe: The Morning Star portrays his life and instrumental part in translating our Bible to English. Young children may be disturbed by the first and last scenes, which are the digging up of his bones, and various clips of dead bodies during revolts against the church. However, it's not graphic in its nature. The drama of John Wycliffe walking to his trial and enlightening the heartbreaking ignorance of the people he meets provide an evening of entertainment and education.
This movie is available on Blue Behemoth for $9.95, or you can rent it on Amazon for $1.99
The 1953 Martin Luther film is a great introduction to Reformation Day. Starring Niall MacGinnis as Martin Luther (yes, he's an Irishman, but he does a good job. You may recognize him as Mr. Shuan on the 1960s Kidnapped) This classic black-and-white film does a fairly good job as far as historical accuracy, with a few minor discrepancies. From the time of Luther's entering the cloister as a monk, to his trip to Rome, to the nailing of the 95 theses, the Louis de Rochemont Corporation captures the story with humor and excellency. A great family film, though young children may be disturbed by the introductory narration accompanied by sketches of purgatory and demons.
Martin Luther was released in theaters worldwide, and nominated for an Academy Award. It's available on BlueBehemoth for the modest price of $8.95, or you can rent it on Amazon for $1.99
Enjoy celebrating this pivotal history in the Church of Christ!
Lady Bibliophile


  1. Dear Lady B,
    Love Adrain Plass!(with editing ;) )
    I love the Martin Luther movie. He's so fun to watch. :D
    Wonderful post!
    Love, Sister

    1. Thank-you Sister! :) I love Adrian Plass books too. ;)

      Love and cuddles,

  2. Loved that quote. :P :D
    The Solas of the Reformation are so encouraging to me every time I see them.
    We have the John Wycliffe movie at church and I've seen it a couple times.
    Good post!

    1. Haha, I looked all over for the quote, as I don't own the book (yet) It was pretty funny, I thought. ;) I enjoy the Solas too. Hearing Doctor Beeke speak on them was amazing.


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