This week, Office Hours talks with Dr Katherine VanDrunen about J. Gresham Machen's background, upbringing, and family and how they helped to form one of the most influential confessional Reformed theologians in the 20th century.
Martin Luther is popularly known as the one who launched the sixteenth century Protestant Reformation. Luther is known for his Ninety-five Theses, The Babylonian Captivity of the Church, his commentary on Galatians, his famous interchange with Erasmus, Bondage of the Will, and his treatise on Two Kinds of Righteousness. But there is another side of Luther that many have not read. Luther frequently had guests in his home for meals and theological discussions, and as is the habit of students, they took notes and wrote down many of the things that Luther said. These sayings of Luther were eventually published under the title of Tabletalk. A recently published edition of Luther's work was published under the title, Off the Record with Martin Luther, translated and edited by Charles Daudert.
We here at VFT are excited for one of our colleagues, Dr. VanDrunen. His latest book, Living in God's Two Kingdoms is getting noticed in a number of places.
One book on which I have been meditating once again was written millennia ago, probably in the last quarter of the 7th century B.C. This book, Habakkuk, has always spoken to the church with special power and blessing in times of distress and fearful prospect, with "people fainting with fear and foreboding of what is coming on the world" (Luke 21:26 ESV). And anyone who reads a newspaper or watches television news these days finds much to cause fear about what may be our future.
Last year marked the 500th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin, who was born in 1509. In anticipation of the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation, popularly dated on October 31st, 1517, when Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five Theses to the castle door at Wittenberg, we are looking forward to 2017.