Monday, October 31, 2011
Inkpots and Typewriters and Grace
Luther discovered (re-discovered) the biblical doctrine of justification by faith: We're made right with God not by our many right works, prescribed by the church or the Pope, but by simply turning from our sins to Jesus the Christ, who died for sinners and rose from the dead. (See the Bible's book of Romans.)Today, the 31st of October, is Reformation Day, when many churches celebrate Luther's work.
When I was young, we used typewriters, not ink-pots. I went through a university using the same portable typewriter that my mother and her sisters had used in college. As a graduation present, I got a shiny new blue electric Smith-Corona typewriter. I went through theological seminary on it. Now I have a computer and an inkjet printer. I can write all I want, with ease, but have not sparked any severe persecution. Lord, have mercy on me, a coward.
"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves. It is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast." --Ephesians 2:8-9
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