Martin Luther was one of the most influential men of his day. When he posted a series of theses on the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany, he was merely inviting debate. He set off something much larger. The Protestant Reformation that began with his posting of the Ninety-Five Theses reshaped Europe, redirected Christian history, and recovered the truth of God’s Word. Five hundred years later, what is Luther’s legacy? In this volume, Drs. R.C. Sproul, Stephen J. Nichols, and thirteen other scholars and pastors examine his life, teaching, and enduring influence. Meet Martin Luther, the audacious Reformer who, out of love for the truth and the desire to bring it to light, set the world ablaze.
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About the Author
Dr. R.C. Sproul (1939–2017) was founder of Ligonier Ministries, an international Christian discipleship organization located near Orlando, Fla. He was also founding pastor of Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Fla., first president of Reformation Bible College, and executive editor of Tabletalk magazine. His radio program, Renewing Your Mind, is still broadcast daily on hundreds of radio stations around the world and can also be heard online. Dr. Sproul contributed dozens of articles to national evangelical publications, spoke at conferences, churches, colleges, and seminaries around the world, and wrote more than one hundred books, including The Holiness of God, Chosen by God, and Everyone’s a Theologian. He also served as general editor of the Reformation Study Bible.
Dr. Stephen J. Nichols is president of Reformation Bible College, chief academic officer for Ligonier Ministries, and a Ligonier Ministries teaching fellow. He formerly served as research professor of Christianity and culture at Lancaster Bible College in Pennsylvania. He teaches on the podcast 5 Minutes in Church History. He is author of numerous books, including For Us and for Our Salvation, Jonathan Edwards: A Guided Tour of His Life and Thought, Peace, and A Time for Confidence, and he is coeditor of The Legacy of Luther and Crossway’s Theologians on the Christian Life series. He is on Twitter @DrSteveNichols.
Table of Contents
Foreword John MacArthur 1
Introduction Why Luther Matters Today R.C. Sproul Stephen J. Nichols 7
Part 1 Luther's Life
Chapter 1 A Gracious God and a Neurotic Monk Stephen J. Nichols 13
Chapter 2 A Mighty Fortress is Our God: Luther as a Man of Conflict (1520s) Steven J. Lawson 32
Chapter 3 Faithful to the End: Luther In His Later Years (1530s-1546) David B. Calhoun 53
Chapter 4 The Family Man: Luther at Home Joel R. Beeke 75
Part 2 Luther's Thought
Chapter 5 Scripture Alone: Luther's Doctrine of Scripture Michael S. Horton 97
Chapter 6 By Faith Alone: Luther and the Doctrine of Justification Guy Prentiss Waters 123
Chapter 7 Grace Alone: Luther and the Christian Life Sinclair B. Ferguson 141
Chapter 8 Christ Alone: Luther on Christ, the Sacraments, and the Church W. Robert Godfrey 160
Chapter 9 The Glory of God Alone: Luther on Vocation Gene Edward Veith 178
Part 3 Luther's Legacy
Chapter 10 Correctly and Profitably Read Scripture: Luther the Biblical Scholar Aaron Clay Denlinger 193
Chapter 11 The Man in the Middle: Luther Among the Reformers Scott M. Manetsch 213
Chapter 12 The Fury of Theologians: Lutheran Theology After Luther Sean Michael Lucas 235
Chapter 13 A New Song Begun: Luther and Music Terry Yount 252
Chapter 14 Spare Everything But the Word: Luther as Preacher Derek W.H. Thomas 266
Reflection Luther and the Life of the Pastor-Theologian R.C. Sproul 279
Appendix: The Ninety-Five Theses 283
For Further Reading 291
Scripture Index 297
Subject Index 299
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It is impossible to talk about the Reformation without talking about Martin Luther. His Ninety-Five Theses jumpstarted this movement in the church that led back to the truth of justification. This book is a collection of essays, written by some of today’s top Reformed theologians and pastors, on different aspects of Luther’s life and theology, including the legacy he left behind. This is a must read for anyone interested in Luther, the Reformation, church history, or Christian theology. The organization allows for easy transition from topic to topic, and since each essay has a different author, each has its own style, keeping the narrative fresh and interesting. Much more than a biography, The Legacy of Luther lays out the thoughts and teachings of Luther on the doctrine of justification. The reader will learn what Luther most wanted to teach: the authority of Scripture alone, and justification by faith alone. The book also features a timeline of major events in Luther’s life, and appendix of Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses, footnotes for ease of reference, a list of resources for further reading, a Forward by John MacArthur, and a Scripture Index. I cannot recommend this book enough. I’ve marked several pages that I want to revisit, and I’m sure I will return to this book again and again for inspiration and learning. I received a complimentary electronic copy of this book from Reformation Trust in return for an honest review. However, I must admit that I also ended up purchasing the book, and read my hardcover copy in instead of the pdf.