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I doubt there will be a sudden run on “What Would Mary Do?” bracelets after this essay is published, but I’m going to make the claim anyway: The Mother of our Lord is a wonderful yet far too often underappreciated model of discipleship among today’s heirs of the Reformation. [...]

Michael S. Horton
Wednesday, July 3rd 2024

In 1523, Martin Luther translated the baptismal form out of Latin and into German. He presented the product of his labor, the Baptismal Booklet (or Taufbüchlein), for use in the church. Suddenly, Reformation liturgy became intelligible. [...]

Zachary Purvis
Monday, July 1st 2024

Jesus came and said to [the eleven], “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” [...]

Brannon Ellis
Monday, July 1st 2024

Anyone interested in the history of the Protestant church—particularly in the history of women—will be delighted by this book by Michèle Miller Sigg, Executive Director of the Dictionary of African Christian Biography (DACB.org) and Editor of the Journal of African Christian Biography. [...]

Simonetta Carr
Wednesday, June 26th 2024

Martin Luther called the Lord’s Prayer “the greatest martyr on earth. For everyone tortures and abuses it; few joyfully use it correctly for comfort." In Praying with Jesus: Getting to the Heart of the Lord’s Prayer, pastor and Core Christianity radio host Adriel Sanchez seeks to rescue the beleaguered prayer by showing Christians how to find “not only the gospel, but the entirety of heavenly doctrine” in its petitions (2). [...]

Sarah White
Friday, June 7th 2024

The literal meaning of enthusiasmos in Greek is “god-within-ism.” According to the ancients, the highest state of the soul’s enlightenment lies beyond sense experience and even reason. This achievement of unspoken union with the divine within is called gnosis, unmediated knowledge. [...]

Michael S. Horton
Friday, May 31st 2024

Were the world of my own making,
could my will enact its voice,
I should surely sculpt a chaos,
pain parading as a choice. [...]

Alex Brouwer
Friday, May 31st 2024

In our essay in this issue (see “The Framing of a Movement” on page 32), we provided a broad framework for identifying and evaluating the New Apostolic Reformation. The following resources will be helpful if you desire to learn more about how the movement understands itself and how to understand it from a truly biblical perspective. [...]

Evan P. Pietsch
R. Vivian Pietsch
Friday, May 31st 2024

This issue of Modern Reformation exposes some of the doctrinal and practical dangers of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement. I trust that the great majority of MR readers are already convinced not to attend an NAR church or follow their teachings. But another question likely looms in the minds of many of us: What about their music? [...]

Ray Burns
Tuesday, May 28th 2024

Beneath the shifting skies where I once walked,
bloodwine and burning light bring sober sight.
If you go, maybe you’ll leave, and you’ll talk
like me, with holy limp and heart alight. [...]

Alex Brouwer
Tuesday, May 28th 2024

Imagine a religious movement that has no formal organization, no official leaders, and no confessional statement, yet its churches are among the most influential and fastest growing in the world. Now imagine that some of this movement’s most prominent representatives—perhaps because of its unorthodox beliefs and controversial practices—deny its very existence. How do you identify such a movement? [...]

Evan P. Pietsch
R. Vivian Pietsch
Tuesday, May 21st 2024

With tea and toast, set in a well-conditioned room,
We talk about His torments: those betrayals, nails,
Endurance of ignominy, the wounds and wails,
The sponge and vinegar, the linen cloth and tomb. [...]

Shamik Banerjee
Monday, May 13th 2024

Holly Pivec and R. Douglas Geivett are apologists and recognized experts on the New Apostolic Reformation movement. I first met Holly and Doug in 2018 when I was publisher for Lexham Press. We had recently acquired the rights to their first two books on the dangers of this movement. [...]

Holly Pivec
R. Douglas Geivett
Monday, May 13th 2024

Oft in vain the voice of truth,
Solemnly and loudly warns;
Thoughtless, unexperienced youth,
Though it hears, the warning scorns [...]

John Newton
Monday, May 13th 2024

If I am honest, I have always thought of the Ascension of Christ kind of like the cherry on the sundae—that is, the few times I have spent time thinking about Christ's ascending from earth back to the Father. In church circles, we spend most of our time talking about the death of Christ. [...]

Aimee Joseph
Thursday, May 9th 2024

“Modern Reformation has championed confessional Reformation theology in an anti-confessional and anti-theological age.”

Picture of J. Ligon Duncan, IIIJ. Ligon Duncan, IIISenior Minister, First Presbyterian Church
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“Modern Reformation has championed confessional Reformation theology in an anti-confessional and anti-theological age.”

Picture of J. Ligon Duncan, IIIJ. Ligon Duncan, IIISenior Minister, First Presbyterian Church
Magazine Covers; Embodiment & Technology