Win a Copy of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture: Galatians, Ephesians

It’s just come out and I’m going to send you a copy if you win the contest.

And what’s the contest?  Oh it’s really quite simple and utterly capricious, as will be the judging (which will be handled by me and me alone.  Here’s how to win:

1- Post a link to this contest on your blog (no link, no chance you’ll win).

2- Post a link to the link above (to the IVP site) on your blog (and again, no link, no chance).

3- Tell me in 100  words in comments below why you believe Zwingli to be the greatest of all the Reformers (and believe me, if you aren’t completely sincere and utterly honest I’ll know it and there’s no chance you’ll win).

The contest will run till October 11 (and extra points if you know why that date is significant).

Let the games begin…

22 responses to “Win a Copy of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture: Galatians, Ephesians

  1. Doesn’t your third point pretty much mean that the contest is impossible to win since no one could possibly make that argument with a straight face?


    • it proves no such thing but the intransigent sinfulness and complete depravity of people so ill informed that they don’t know the true truth.


  2. Zwingli lived his life as he preached (or as close as a human could) and he died in battle while serving as a chaplin, serving God to the last.


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  4. Maybe Jim should give the commentary to the person who comes up with the best argument for why the contest isn’t winnable. I might actually stand a chance that way.


  5. Upon his death at the hands of Catholic antidisestablishmentarianists on 11 October 1531 – hence the deadline for this competition – Zwingli secured his place in history amongst the most influential of Reformers. Having memorized Paul’s letters (in the original Greek) in his youth, Zwingli initiated Reformationist thoughts and discussions prior to Luther. He was likely the first to challenge the Pope publicly with the contention that Christ alone is sufficient for salvation and that divine grace has no need for a mortal intermediary. His willingness to sacrifice himself for the cause of Reformation make Zwingli the greatest Reformer of all.


    • well- well done! right on all points good stranger. i think it fair to say, you’re way ahead at present!

      [oh and that, dear slackers (scott, marc) is how one tells the truth!]


  6. the first shall be last and the last shall first. So, Zwingli who left no Institutes or Church bearing his name was the greatest because he left none of that.


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  8. The thing that initially attracted me to Zwingli’s thought was his stance on the Lord’s Supper. His willingness to stand against both the Roman Catholic Church and his possible ally Luther deeply impressed me. It is just one incident among many that demonstrate what an innovative and powerful thinker he was.


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  11. Because Zwingli’s fierce adherence to scripture, though at times a bit overzealous, led to reforms that permitted peoples to live freely in Christ and enjoy benefits previously only available to particular classes.