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Pulling Up Stakes, Putting Down Tyrants

The apostle Paul speaks of our helplessness before the tyrant Sin. It reigns over our lives, he teaches in Romans 6. He speaks of it as a slavery that cannot be broken. If a man without Christ attempts, through sheer will power, to correct himself, he...

Praying for the Persecuted

The deadliest attack on Christians in the history of Pakistan happened last week. The death toll has reached 85, with 120 wounded. Two suicide bombers entered the worship service in a building that has stood since 1883, and set off explosives containing ball bearings. Children, wives,...

The Woman Who Wouldn’t Heil Hitler

The first time young Kurt Ziefle said “Heil Hitler” to his mother, he wished he hadn’t. Maria Ziefle calmly and firmly laid down the rule of the household. “We do not salute man in place of God,” she said. “In this house we will continue to...

The Morning Star of Wittenberg: Katharina von Bora Luther

The reformer Martin Luther said he married for several reasons: to make his father happy, to rile the pope, make the angels laugh and the devil weep, and to seal his testimony. He made no mention of romantic love; in fact, one of Luther’s biographers suggested...

The 95 Theses of Martin Luther

On October 31st, 1517, Dr. Luther nailed the 95 theses on the Wittenberg castle church door. These points of discussion were immediately distributed across the German countryside and soon over the whole European continent. Martin Luther would develop his views further as time went on. Here...

October 31, 1517

It was October 31st, 1517 in Wittenburg, Germany. Martin grasped a hammer and a long piece of paper covered with his writing. He walked out into the street and straight over to the castle church door. It was here that community messages were often posted. Martin...

The Very Scary Hand (for children)

A long time ago in a city called Babylon, there lived a rich and powerful king named Belshazzar. Belshazzar’s grandfather had been a rich and powerful king, too. His name was Nebuchadnezzer. Long before our story begins, King Nebuchadnezzer had sent his army to a place...

The Scariest House of All (for children)

When I was little girl, my family often visited my Grandparents’ farm. My sister and I could explore the barn, climb on the tractor or pretend to drive the old broken-down farm truck. But there was one place where we were forbidden to play. We were...