by Dr. Bob Cannon
Having attended private schools from kindergarten through a doctoral dissertation, I’ve had a relatively strong educational foundation, but I have consistently sensed it fell short—something was clearly missing. Granted, it could have been worse. I’ve encountered schools in my travels that fell considerably short of the mark, so to speak, so I’m grateful for having had the education I received. But this offers no consolation when I consider what it could and should have been.
Solas Flower for Reformation Day
One of the distinctives of the Reformation were five ideas called the solas. Stephen J. Nichols, author of The Church History ABC’s, explains the solas in his book on the Reformation. He said that Luther was convinced “that humanity’s only mediator is Christ (1 Tim. 2:5)—Solus Christus, Christ alone.” Luther also maintained that “We are not justified before God by our works or merits, … but by faith alone through grace alone—Sola Fide and Sola Gratia.
Disputatio pro declaratione virtutis indulgentiarum, or “The Ninety-Five Theses on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences,” was posted on the doors of Wittenberg Castle on October 31, 1517. The 95 Theses were 95 points on absolution and baptism that stressed sola gratia (“grace alone”), sola Scriptura (“Scripture alone”), and sola fide (“faith alone”). First written in Latin, the 95 Theses was later translated into German.
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