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Sola: How the Five Solas Are Still Reforming the Church

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Discover why the fundamentals of the Reformation still matter today.

Why do people get so excited about a bunch of Latin phrases, that some guys in Europe came up with 500 years ago? Sure, those five Latin phrases have defined Protestantism for those 500 years, but why do they matter today? To my church? For my life? What’s the big deal about all these solas anyway? These ones:

  • Sola scriptura-Scripture alone
  • Sola fide-Faith alone
  • Sola gratia-grace alone
  • Solus Christus-Christ alone
  • Soli Dei Gloria-To the glory of God alone?

Sola is a winsome, inspiring introduction to these five pillars of the Reformation, showing not just what they are but why they’re important for the Christian life today. Edited and compiled by Jason Allen, Sola will illuminate these core truths that have been reforming the church all along. And it may just get you excited about nerdy Latin phrases too.

  • Examines the five pillars of the Reformation
  • Explores how God used ordinary people during the Reformation
  • Focuses on Christ-centered transformation in churches and in the broader culture
  • Foreword
  • Introduction: Why the Reformation Solas?
  • Scripture Alone
  • Grace Alone
  • Faith Alone
  • Christ Alone
  • Glory to God Alone
  • Conclusion

Top Highlights

“The single word that was the driving force of it all was not fide (faith) or gratia (grace), but first and foremost the word sola. Simply meaning ‘alone,’ this single word animated Reformers, then and now.” (Page 15)

“Sola Scriptura. This truth, that Scripture alone is the sole authority for our beliefs and practices, abides at the center of Reformation theology.” (Page 19)

“Scripture alone meant the Bible held authority over all church tradition, popes, and councils” (Page 20)

“The words themselves are inspired, not just the thoughts of the authors or the intent of the authors, but every last word.” (Page 24)

“Scripture is the norma normans, the determining norm by which everything else is measured” (Page 20)

Jason Allen is the fifth and youngest president of Midwestern Baptist Seminary. He has served as pastor and interim pastor of Southern Baptist churches in Alabama and Kentucky over the past fifteen years. He currently serves the church more broadly through writing and preaching ministries, including his own website www.jasonkallen.com, where he writes on various topics including higher education, theology, preaching, and cultural and local church issues. He and his wife, Karen, have five children: Anne-Marie, Caroline, William, Alden, and Elizabeth.

Owen Strachan is Associate Professor of Christian Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also the Director for the Center on Public Theology at MBTS. He holds a PhD from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, an MDiv from Southern Seminary, and an AB from Bowdoin College. Strachan has published fourteen books and writes regularly for The Gospel Coalition, the Christian Post, and Thoughtlife, his Patheos blog. He is married and is the father of three children. Strachan hosts the City of God podcast available at https://cpt.mbts.edu.


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