On this day, we celebrate the feast of St. Matthew the Evangelist and the birthday of Girolamo Savonarola, Renaissance friar, and preacher, who declared Florence "the New Jerusalem." The reading is "The Carpenter's Son" by A.E. Housman.
Thursday, September 19, 2019
We remember the birthday of Scottsman William Robertson, born 1721. Today is the feast day of Januarius, also known as San Gennaro. The reading is an excerpt from "The Everlasting Gospel" by Horatius Bonar.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
On this day, we remember the 310th birthday of Samuel Johnson, known by his friends as Dr. Johnson. We also remember poet and preacher, George MacDonald, who died on this day in 1905. The reading is from George Macdonald, "The…
Monday, September 16, 2019
We remember the third council of Constantinople which ended on this day in 681. We also remember the birthday of J.B. Phillips–Bible translator and author. The reading is "The Gift" by William Carlos Williams.
Saturday, September 14, 2019
We remember theologian, bishop, and martyr, Cyprian of Carthage, who died on this day in 258. It is also the feast of Holy Cross Day. The reading is from "the Stations of the Cross" by Malcolm Guite, sonnet 12.
Friday, September 13, 2019
On this day, we celebrate the feast of St. John Chrysostom, notable Christian preacher. And we recognize the birthday of English translator of German hymnody, Catherine Winkworth. The reading is an excerpt from Chrysostom's Easter Sermon.
Thursday, September 12, 2019
On this day, we remember early Reformation figure, Clement Marot, died 1544, and also the extraordinary Methodist figure, Mary Bosanquet Fletcher, born 1739. The reading is "Colossians 3:3" by George Herbert.
Sunday, September 8, 2019
On this day, we remember the founding of Harvard in 1636, and the birthday of Peter Martyr Vermigli, who began teaching in Strassbourg and ended in Zurich. The reading is from "The Ballad of Reading Gaol" by Oscar Wilde.
Saturday, September 7, 2019
Today we celebrate the birthday of Jacobus Acontius, author of Satanae Stratagemata, and Thomas Erastus, author of Explicatio gravissimae quaestionis. The reading is a bit better known, a poem from Chad Bird, "Were You There?"
Friday, September 6, 2019
On this day, the "Pilgrims" set sail on Mayflower in 1620. The notable patriarch of American Lutheranism, Henry Melchior Muehlenberg, was born on this day in 1711. The reading is from "The Ragamuffin Gospel" by Brennan Manning.
Thursday, September 5, 2019
On this day, we remember the birthday of Tommasso Campanella, utopian and astrologer, and also, Gottfried Arnold, theologian and historian. The reading is the hymn, "Thou Who Breakest Every Chain," by Gottfried Arnold.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
On this day, we remember Roman Catholic cardinal and archbishop František Tomášek, who helped the demise of the Czechoslovak communist regime. We also the radical Calvinist Jan van Hembyze, whose betrayal resulted in his beheading in 1584. The reading is…
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
On this day, we remember two ecclesiastical figures, Pope Gregory, who was born in 540, and Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Oliver Cromwell, who died in 1658. The reading is from C.S. Lewis, "As the Ruin Falls."
Monday, September 2, 2019
On this day, we remember the most impressive Symeon the Stylite, who died in 459 on his pedestal. We also remember Danish pastor N.F.S. Grundtvig, d. 1872. The reading is "Abide Among Us, We Implore Thee" from Grundtvig.
Sunday, September 1, 2019
We remember French polymath Marin Mersenne, who died on this day in 1648. We also commemorate the founding of the Order of St. Gregory the Great in 1831. The reading is from H.W. Longfellow, "Blind Bartimaeus."
Saturday, August 31, 2019
On this day, we remember two Biblical figures, Nicodemus & Joseph of Arimethea. On this day in 1688 John Bunyan died, the Puritan author of "Pilgrim's Progress." The reading is from William Blake, "And Did Those Feet."
Friday, August 30, 2019
On this day, we remember the siege and sack of Jerusalem in AD 70. Also on this day in 1637, Anne Hutchinson was banished from the Massachusetts Bay colony. The reading is "My Body Is a Broken Toy" by Maurice Baring.
Thursday, August 29, 2019
On this day, we remember the beheading of St. John the Baptist, one of the oldest feast days in the church. We also remember German humanist Ulrich von Hutten, who later joined the Reformation. The reading is an excerpt from…
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
It is the feast day of St. Augustine, who died on this day 430. And we remember Hugo Grotius, Dutch theologian, who also died on this day in 1645. The reading is an excerpt from "The conversion of Saint Augustine"…
Monday, August 26, 2019
On this day, we remember Petrus Ramus, a French reformer who died in the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre. We also remember the American Standard Version translation of the Bible from 1901, the predecessor to the Revised and New Revised Standard…
Thursday, August 22, 2019
On this day, the Alcasian contemporary of the first Reformers, Beatus Rhenanus, was born in 1485. We also remember one of the most unlikely to beatified, St. Guinefort. The reading is from George MacDonald, "Obedience."
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
On this day in 1741, Handel began composing his most famous work, the oratorio "Messiah." Today, we also remember Alexander Konstantin von Oettingen, Lutheran pastor and statistician, who died in 1905. The reading is from Dietrich Bonhoeffer on forgiveness from…
Sunday, August 18, 2019
On this day, we remember the patron saints of masons and horses, Florus and Laurus. And we remember the work of Jean Bolland, whose work collected and preserved the stories of the saints. The reading is "For All the Saints"…
Saturday, August 17, 2019
On this day, we remember J.V. Andreae, born in 1586, mystic and alchemist. Today is also the commemoration of Johann Gerhard, scholastic and pietist Lutheran. The reading is From "A Handbook of Consolations" by Johann Gerhard.
Friday, August 16, 2019
On this day, we remember Wyatt Tee Walker, African American pastor during the Civil Rights Movement, and Anne Bradsteet, a poet and theologian in the Colonial era. The reading is "Deliverance from a fit of fainting" from Anne Bradstreet.
Monday, August 12, 2019
On this day, we remember the incorporation of the Wycliffe Bible Translators in 1942. Also, William Blake, a critic of the Church of England, died on this day in 1872. The reading is William Blake's, "The Divine Image" from 1789.
Sunday, August 11, 2019
On this day, we remember two medieval figures whose respective movements out-sized their own lives: Clare of Assisi d. 1253 and Nicholas of Cusa d. 1564. The reading is the St. Francis Prayer, of unknown authorship but attributed to St. Francis.
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
In 1801, on this day, was arguably the most significant Christian event in US history, the Cane Ridge Revival. But also on this day, five years later, the Holy Roman Empire was disbanded. Our reading is "The Contrite Heart" by…
Sunday, August 4, 2019
In just over five minutes, we learn of the Papal encyclical Aeterni Patris from 1879, we remember missionary James Chalmers, born on this day in 1841, and we hear our reading "A Word Made Flesh is Seldom" by Emily Dickinson.
The Birth of the NASB, Translation Soup, and The Only English Translation You’ll Ever Need
These new texts and manuscripts, while not altering the message of the text, can give us better insight into particular historical and grammatical issues.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
On this day in 1541, the failed conference in Regensburg seeking reconciliation between Rome and the Lutherans ended. And on this day 1970, the New American Standard Bible translation was released. Our reading is from Martin Luther from his "Sermons…
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
On this day, we remember Robert Barnes, the English reformer who also studied in Wittenberg. We also remember the endorsement of "In God We Trust" as the official motto of the US in 1956. Our reading is by AE Housman…
Monday, July 29, 2019
On this day, we remember the feast of Lazarus, Mary, and Martha of Bethany. On this day in 1793, the Bethel American Methodist Episcopal church was dedicated. Our reading is "Blind Bartimaeus" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
On this day, we remember the birthday of once slaveowner and later abolitionist John Newton, and also the death of C.I. Scofield, famous for his reference Bible. Our reading is "The Old Testament Gospel" by William Cowper.
Happy Birthday, John Newton! Hymn Writer and Slave Trader (Or, what to do when our heroes turn out to be scoundrels)
John Newton was a scoundrel, a pirate, and a slave trader.
Monday, July 22, 2019
Today is the feast day for St. Mary Magdalene, the apostle to the Apostles. We also remember the death of Richard Cameron, leader of the Covenanters. Our reading is an excerpt from Robert Farrar Capon's "Between Noon and Three."
Sunday, July 21, 2019
On this day, we remember Kazimierz Swiatek, the cardinal who defied Stalin and who died in 2011. We also recognize the Roman Catholic encyclical of 1773, "Dominus Ac Redemptor," which banned the Jesuits. Our reading is "Christ's Childhood" by a…
Saturday, July 20, 2019
We remember on this day the death in 1566 of De las Casas, the original Renaissance man, and the birth in 1304 of Petrarch, the apostle to the Indies. Our reading is "Holy Sonnets: Death, be not proud" by John Donne.
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Today is the birthday of Heinrich Bullinger, b. 1504 and author of the Second Helvetic Confession. It is also the birthday of Renaissance painter Carravagio, b.1571. Our reading is "Before the Beginning" by Christina Rossetti.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Today we remember the death in 180AD of the earliest recorded African Christians, the Scillitan Martyrs. Today is also the birthday of J. Vernon McGee, host of "Through the Bible." Our reading is "A Prayer in Old Age" by Siegfried…
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
On this day in 1054, the churches of East and West experience the Great Schism. Luther and Karlstadt attempted to breach the schism between Rome and Wittenberg with the Leipzig Disputation in 1519. Our reading is from Alfred Lord Tennyson…
Monday, July 15, 2019
We remember St. Bonaventure, contemporary of Thomas Aquinas, who died on this day in 1274. We also remember the Arabic translator of the Bible, Abraham Ecchelensis, who died in 1664. Our reading "My Baptismal Birthday" by Samuel Tayler Coleridge.
Sunday, July 14, 2019
On this day in 1833, John Keble busted onto the preaching scene for the first time. And we remember Lily of the Mohawks who was canonized by the Roman Catholic church. Our reading is from John Keble, "Morning Hymn."
Thursday, July 11, 2019
On this day, we remember the Wittenberg Articles of 1536, a failed attempt at a common confession for the churches of the Reformation. Today is also the feast day for St. Gangolf, who died on this day in 760. Our…
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
On this day, we remember the birthday of Sampson Sievers, an icon of 20th century Russian Orthodoxy, and the death of Hebrew scholar Clement Clarke Moore in 1863. Our reading is an excerpt from Gerhard Forde's article "Radical Lutheranism."
Happy Birthday, John Calvin! Pastor, Theologian, Sinner, and Saint
What follows is a little crash course in how to read Calvin with respect, for our benefit, and with an eye to how we keep Reformation giants at a proper historical arms distance.
Monday, July 8, 2019
On this day, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" was first preached by Jonathan Edwards. Today is also the feast of St. Killian, celebrated by Irish and German alike. Our reading is a selection from "Mere Christianity" by…
Monday, July 1, 2019
On this day we remember the death of the first Protestant martyrs, Johann Esch and Heinrich Voes, in 1523. Today is also the feast of Junipero Serra, the apostle to California. Our reading is "The Balled of the God Makers"…
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
On this day, we commemorate the presentation of the Augsburg Confession, drafted by Philip Melanchthon. We remember on this day the opening of the monastery in Clairvaux by Bernard. Our reading is the poem "O Sacred Head Now Wounded" by…
Sunday, June 23, 2019
On this day, we remember the fabled treaty between the Quakers led by William Penn and the Delaware tribe. We also recognize another treaty in Vienna in 1606 between the various Reformation churches and Rome. Our reading is "Through The…
Saturday, June 22, 2019
On this day we remember the commemoration of John Fisher, bishop of Rochester and chancellor of the University of Cambridge, and the birthday of Ebenezer Erskine, member of the order of Free Gardeners. Our reading is from Ralph Erskine, brother…
Friday, June 14th, 2019
On this day we remember English Puritan Richard Baxter and the removal in 1966 of the penalty of death attached to the list of banned books by the Roman Catholic church. Our reading is "Lord, It Belongs Not to My…
Wednesday, June 12th, 2019
On this day we remember the first Ecumenical council held at Nicea in 325, as well as Mother Bernadina Matthews, founder of the Carmelite Sisters of St. Teresa. Our reading is the poem "Do not live for death" by Wendell Berry.
Tuesday, June 11th, 2019
On this day, we remember the feast of St. Barnabas, missionary. And on this day we remember the death of Roger Bacon, scholar. Our reading is "On Prayer #1," by Dave Harrity. We’re proud to be part of 1517 Podcasts…
Monday, June 10th, 2019
On this day, we remember Eugenius Bulgaris, who coined the term "euthanasia," and the reunification of the southern and northern Presbyterian churches in 1983. Our reading is a selection from "Between Noon and Three" by Robert Farrar Capon.
Tuesday, June 4th, 2019
On this day we remember Sigmind Mowinckel and his scholarship on the Psalms. We also remember Davenport's Fundamental Articles which sought to create a Christian utopia. Our reading is "No It's Not" by Anna Krugovoy Silver.
Sunday, June 2nd, 2019
Today we remember the birthday of Henry VIII, born 1491 AD, and we recognize the Martyrs of Lyon who died in 175 AD. Our reading is from Chapter V of the Epistle to Diognetus, a second century AD description of Christians.
Friday, May 3rd, 2019
Today we remember Pope Gelasius claiming the Universal See c.495, the legend of Alexandria and Antonina, the Florida Holy Wars, George Whitefield's first visit to America, and conclude with the poem "Peace" by Henry Vaughn.
The Peace of Augsburg and the Death of Philip Melanchthon
Between the years 1550 and 1560 the giants of the Reformation are dying. The Fellows discuss the political and theological turmoil that occurred as a result of the Smalcald war.
Easter Zombies and the Hope of Resurrection
Temporal resurrections do not save us, but instead direct us to look for life, even in death. Easter zombies and the like direct our attention to the ultimate promise given in Christ, and the implications of this promise for the whole world.
Always Preach the Law, if Necessary Use Words
In our own lives, we might find that the Law is not an alien word, whether we call it our conscience or our values, our Holy Writ, or our municipality’s laws and regulations
I Confess: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and the Gospel
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy works for me, not because it substitutes a temporal and flimsy antidote to my problems but because it points me to the God who has adopted and baptized me
Being a Messenger of Reconciliation
In March of 2019 Christ Hold Fast held a one day event in Austin, Texas focused on The Christ, The Cross And The Christian. Speakers from around the country came together to speak to this topic.
Seculosity with Dave Zahl
This is the kind of interview that could have been 4 hours and ranged from everything from ethics to REM to “virtue signaling” and Bob Dylan. David Zahl is the founder of Mockingbird Ministries which does some of the kind…
And the Life Everlasting
On this episode we wrap up season 1 with the Rev. Sarah Condon who is coming to us from Houston (right after Hurricane Harvey in 2017) by way of the American South. Condon talks about some dark times, a hopeful…
The Resurrection of the Body
On episode 6 we heard from Dr. Mike Horton on the resurrection of Jesus and the hope it gives us. On this episode, our good friend from Mockingbird ministries, Dave Zahl, helped us think through the final resurrection, our human…
I Believe in the Forgiveness of Sins
All of these episodes should be personal, to some extent. After all, these aren't static, other-worldly doctrines but we are dealing with the message of life itself. But there is something especially personal about taking the whole theological enterprise and…
The Holy Catholic Church and Communion of the Saints
You say "Catholic" church, I say "Christian" church. This clause of the creed is sometimes changed in Protestant churches to keep people from being confused, but we think you can handle the original, rich meaning of the term instead of…
I Believe in the Holy Spirit
On this episode, pastor and author Jared Wilson brings his exuberance for life and the gospel to bear on the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. Wilson helps us navigate between some of the craziness associated with the "work of the…
He Will Come To Judge The Living and the Dead
Judgement is not a fun topic to talk about, usually. Fortunately we have the Rev Bill Cwirla who was not only a lot of fun, but actually turned judgement into a hopeful doctrine!
Ascended into Heaven, and Sits at the Right Hand of the Father Almighty
On this show we discuss a clause in the creed that is sometimes overlooked. Being seated at the Right Hand of the Father might seem like an abstract theological idea, but Rev Donovan Riley centers the doctrine in the history…
The Third Day He Rose Again
On this episode we were excited to talk with Dr. Mike Horton, known to many of us through his work on the White Horse Inn. Dr. Horton has written so broadly on so many theological topics, we thought he might…
Suffered Under Pontius Pilate
On this episode, we talk with a dude that has seen plenty, in the academic world, in military service, and in the church. Rev. Dr. Bombaro has spent time studying and teaching on this aspect of the passion of Jesus…
Born of the Virgin Mary
On this episode, we discuss a somewhat "tricky" clause of the Apostle's Creed with the Reverend Aaron Zimmerman. As you will hear, the Rev. Zimmerman has both personal and theological reasons for wanting to talk about this clause.
I Believe in Jesus Christ, His Only Begotten Son, Our Lord
In this the second episode of The Soul of Christianity we discuss how The Creed is the summation of what we believe. It’s the answer to the fight over the divinity and humanity of Christ.. Words like suffered, died, bled…
I Believe in God the Father Almighty
On the very first episode of The Soul of Christianity we have welcomed one of our favorite authors from mbird.com and the vicar of Grace Anglican Mission in Louisville, KY, Nick Lannon. The Rev. Lannon walks us through the very…
Theses 3 & 4: The Inverted Way of Jesus
This is the second installment in our special series on Luther’s, Heidelberg Disputation. Translation of Theses 3 and 4 done by Caleb Keith.
What Every Christian Should Know about the End Times
Perhaps you’ll forgive my reticence to care very much about all of this End of Days talk as it seems that opinions on the matter are very personal and can be really intense.
On May 19th of 2018, Christ Hold Fast held a one day event in Minot, North Dakota focused on the Psalms. Speakers from around the country came together to speak to this topic. We were thrilled to have many amazing speakers share throughout the day and we are continually thrilled that we can make that content free to you today.
Christ’s Fourth Word From the Cross: “My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?”
Jesus was praying a Psalm. Psalm 22 to be precise, and both the Gospels of Matthew and Mark relay the story to us of Jesus praying that Psalm on the cross at the hour of His death.
The Pharisee & Tax Collector
In the Fall of 2016, Christ Hold Fast held a one day event in Dallas, Texas focused on the 'Parables: Grace & Storytelling'. Speakers from Dallas and from around the country came together to speak to this topic. We were thrilled to have many amazing speakers share wisdom throughout the day and we are continually thrilled that we can make…
Death and Christmas
I know it’s a rite of pious holiday passage to complain about the commercialization of Christmas and to remind everyone to keep the “Christ” in Christmas. And don’t forget the secular “war on Christmas." Whatever.
A Brief History of the Reformation
Why did the Protestant Reformation happen? And why was it a success this time, when other people tried to do something similar before and failed? To understand the answers to these questions, we'll examine the world on the eve of the Reformation–not just in Western Europe, but all across the world. This is a story that cannot and should not…
Session Four: Tracing the Reformation Beyond Germany
In this session we trace how the Reformation extended far beyond Germany.