This week, in honor of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, I’m offering Rescuing the Gospel: The Story and Significance of the Reformation by Erwin Lutzer. Here is the catalog description:
A riveting account of the Reformation–and why it matters today
The Reformation unfolded in the cathedrals and town squares of Europe–in Wittenberg, Worms, Rome, Geneva, and Zurich. The story begins with the Catholic Church and its desperate need for reform. The dramatic events that followed are traced from John Wycliffe in England, to the burning of John Hus at the stake at the Council of Constance, to the rampant sale of indulgences in the cities and towns of Germany, to Martin Luther nailing the Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the Castle Church in 1517, to John Calvin’s reform of Geneva.
In prose that captivates as it informs, Erwin W. Lutzer captures the people, places, and big ideas that fueled the Reformation. He explains its lasting influence on the church and Western civilization. And, perhaps most importantly, he shows why the actions of passionate believers five hundred years ago still matter today.
“At the Reformation’s five hundredth anniversary, Erwin Lutzer reminds us not only why the Reformation is one of the most significant events in Western history but also why it still holds important lessons for the church today. As Lutzer demonstrates in this book, the theological convictions of Luther, Zwingli, and Calvin need to be recovered as an antidote to the watered-down gospel proclaimed from many Protestant pulpits in our day. Every Protestant needs to recognize the incredible theological debt we owe to the Reformers. Let this book introduce you to their lives, their ministries, and, most importantly, their theology.”–R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
A stirring story of courage and cowardice, betrayal and faith
“The gospel that Jesus and the apostles proclaimed in the first century is the gospel that Martin Luther and the Reformers proclaimed in the sixteenth century, and it is the same gospel we must proclaim today. With pastoral wisdom and passion, Dr. Lutzer explores the remarkable story of the Reformation, and he powerfully demonstrates why the story of the Reformation is, in fact, our story. Dr. Lutzer sounds a much-needed clarion call to a generation that is quickly turning away from the one and only gospel.”–Burk Parsons, copastor of Saint Andrew’s Chapel; editor of Tabletalk magazine
“A wonderful journey through the history of the pre-Reformation and Reformation periods that will illumine what people need to know about the gospel, God’s grace, the church, and religious liberty. These are crucial topics for our day, when so many opinions about them exist. As the book shows, history has much to teach us here.”–Darrell Bock, executive director for cultural engagement at the Howard G. Hendricks Center for Christian Leadership and Cultural Engagement; senior research professor of New Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary
“Capturing the pageantry and danger following Martin Luther’s bold stand in Wittenberg, Lutzer has penned what may be his most important book–a book that looks back on the glories of the original Reformation and looks forward to the hope of a new reformation.”–Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of First Baptist Church Dallas; author of Not All Roads Lead to Heaven
Erwin W. Lutzer (BTh, Winnipeg Bible College; MA, Loyola University; ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary) has been senior pastor of Moody Church in Chicago for thirty-six years. He has led tours to the sites of the Reformation in Europe, including Wittenberg, Worms, Geneva, and Zurich. He is the ECPA Gold Medallion Award-winning author of Hitler’s Cross, as well as many other books, including The King Is Coming and When a Nation Forgets God. He is the featured speaker on three radio programs, including Running to Win. Lutzer and his wife, Rebecca, live in the Chicago area.
Leave your name in the comments section no later than Friday, October 20th. I’ll draw the winner’s name that day. If I don’t hear back from the winner within seven days the book will go to another entry. Entries are limited to U.S. residents.