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Here I Stand, by Martin Luther (1545)


October 26, 2018

We were last left warming our hands over the fire of burnt papal decrees, canon law, and the bull, “Exsurge Domine,” which called for Martin Luther’s recantation and excommunication.

The year was 1520. Almost two decades after this climatic scene, Luther would write the “Smalcald Articles,” which were a concise confession of the Christian faith. He prepared them in the event that a free council was called so the Lutherans would be prepared to give a defense for the hope they clung to by faith (I Peter 3:15). In the “Smalcald Articles,” among and chief of other things, Luther...

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