Celebrating Luther's Reformation 500 Years Later

The year 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The reformer who ignited this Reformation was none other than Martin Luther. But who was Luther, why was his understanding of God’s grace so radically different than Rome’s, and what was his contribution to the Reformation as a whole? These are the type of questions this new issue of Credo Magazine, “Luther at 500,” aims to answer as we turn our attention not only to Luther’s life but to Luther’s doctrine.

Feature articles by premier thinkers

The Priesthood of All Believers:
Ministry to Match the Message of the Gospel
by Chase R. Kuhn

When thinking of the 16th century, most will think of the great theological truths that emerged. Rightly so! But we can easily overlook the circumstances that demanded reform: corrupt ministry. …

The life of Martin Luther
by Anthony T. Selvaggio

Martin Luther was born in 1483 in Eisleben, Germany.  His father, Hans, was not from the noble class, but he was ambitious and industrious.  Hans moved his family to Mansfield, Germany where he quickly established himself in the copper industry. …

Benefitting From Luther’s Small Catechism
by Daniel Hyde

Luther has a big legacy. One of them is his Small Catechism. He said in a 1537 letter to the Strasbourg theologian, Wolfgang Capito (1478–1541), that he wouldn’t mind all his works being destroyed except his Bondage of the Will and Catechism

By God's grace: Rome and Luther on salvation
by Timo Laato

How are you going to be saved? By God’s grace, no doubt! That is the right answer. And yet, there are at least two different solutions. The Reformation Jubilee Year 2017 challenges us to reflect more profoundly on our salvation. …

Solus Christus and the glory of Christ

Feature interview with Stephen Wellum

Interviews and columns

Martin Luther and the doctrine of vocation: A matter of discipleship
by Derek Brown

Luther recaptured the word “vocation” and used it instead to refer to every calling a Christian might legitimately fulfill: cobbler, farmer, baker, blacksmith, wife, mother, civil servant, and so on.

How the Bible started Luther’s revolution
by Brandon D. Smith

The young, newly ordained Catholic priest stood in front of the church, ready to officiate his first mass. These priests were expected to have clean hearts before officiating—no sin unconfessed. …

Resources for teaching your children about the Reformation
by Timothy Raymond

For the last several months I’ve been handing my children a steady stream of books about the Reformation with varied responses.  Some they’ve loved and others they endured. …

Luther's 95 Theses

Matthew Barrett explores a new introduction to Luther’s 95 theses by Timothy J. Wengert, one that includes a commentary on the text itself…

Four pastors and scholars pick their favorite book by Martin Luther

Under review

Should we embrace "free grace" theology? Wayne Grudem says "No!"
review by Jeff Straub

Wayne Grudem is to be thanked for a brief but helpful summary of the deficiencies of Free Grace theology.

Amazing grace: Tony Reinke's insight into Newton on the Christian life
review by Richard Hutto

Through a masterful illumination of John Newton’s letters and hymns, Reinke reveals how the author of Amazing Grace saw and experienced that very grace…

Can young minds learn about Luther? The value of Carr's biography for children
review by Samuel D. Davis

Carr presents children with a true hero of the faith, when in the drama of the Diet of Worms, Luther defies the Roman authorities at risk to his own life, lecturing them on theology and conscience, rather than recanting God’s gospel of justification by faith.


What does a dynamic heart look like? Pierre probes the depths of our human experience
review by Michael Nelson

As people, we are a lot more complex than we often realize. There is not one formula that fixes all of our problems, nor is there some sort of heart evaluation we can take to get tot he core of all our issues.