Solum Evangelium is the Latin phrase for “the gospel alone.”
It finds its root in the Greek word euangelion, which means “good news” or “gospel.” We have chosen this phrase to be the emphasis of our blog, because we believe the gospel to be the crux of Christianity. In Romans, Paul writes, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (1:16). In our estimation, it is the gospel that draws the dividing line between true and false Christianity. The same line can often be found between Catholics and Protestants, Evangelicals and non-Evangelicals, and conservatives and liberals. What one sees as foundational to faith makes all the difference. Emphasizing (or failing to emphasize) the gospel reveals much about how that person views God, mankind, life in this world, and life in the next.
We think the gospel is central to orthodox Christian belief, and we see all of Scripture through the lens of that gospel. Therefore, our desire is to focus on the one, and only, gospel of Jesus Christ as we think, write, and live. This blog is simply our meager effort to grow in our understanding and articulation of the gospel as we work to harness our words and hone our skill at using them to portray it with brevity, clarity, and conviction. To read an explanation of what the gospel is, click on the following link: “What Is The Gospel?”
Semper Reformanda comes from the Latin phrase “ecclesia reformata, semper reformanda” that was used during the Reformation.
It means “the church reformed, always reforming.” We have chosen to identify with semper reformanda, because we are two sinners being transformed by the grace of God. He commenced this work by reviving us from spiritual death and by renewing our hardened hearts and softening them with the gospel. Each and every day, He continues the work of conforming us to the image of Jesus Christ, that we might reflect the image of God more clearly (Rom. 8:28-30; Ez. 36:26-27; Phil. 1:6).
“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another” (2 Cor. 3:18). We have been “reformed” and are “always being reformed” until we shall one day fully reflect the glorious image of Christ, our Savior and Redeemer.