What study of the Lutheran Reformation would start any other place than knowing something about the man himself, Martin Luther? He was, in his own right, the most influential man of his century and most complex to the average person. Even reviled by some, greatly esteemed by others. I was reading an older book on Luther’s writings from the period of the 1510 to Dec 1520 titled Reformation Writings of Martin Luther, Vol. 1, by Herman Lee Woolf, where I quote from page 13 : “The outstanding quality in Luther’s character was his honesty. He was stubbornly honest, with himself in the first instance, and then with the facts he studied; this honesty is of the essence of scientific method. He combined it with a great intelligence, a highly trained mind, and a power of swift decision. His honesty and intelligence together go far to explain his very special, personal piety. The exhaustive character of his long period of religious doubt was due to this kind of honesty in a deeply religious man; his power of decision, and the firmness of his step as he followed each new gleam of light, showed , his attachment to the truth. His combination of insight, honesty, and forthrightness, was precisely the instrument needed to cut through the thickets which obscured the religious landscape, where far too many institutions, activities, traditions, and ideas, were masquerading as genuine heirs of the Christian faith.“
Your Reformation Walk
Author: Gene White
This 105 page book provides information on Christianity from our early church fathers, through the Reformation period, to the present day. Included are a chronology and the Geo-political activities which were so much a part of the church until the last two centuries. More information is available in the flyer. Suitable for Sunday mornings, multiple Saturdays (2 3-hours sessions or weekday evenings (3 2-hour sessions). More information regarding ordering and pricing can be found in the flyer.
A free download of the Preface and Index contained in Your Reformation Walk can be downloaded for free from the website by clicking here.
A free download of the Chronology of the Reformation contained in Your Reformation Walk can be downloaded for free from the website by clicking here.
A free download of Facts About the 95 Thesis or The Disputation Against Indulgences by Dr. Richard Bucher can be downloaded for free from the website by clicking here.
Author: Rev. Richard A. Bolland (Emeritus)
Reformation history is available in two parts on the website, which can be downloaded for free.
Version 3.0 is a 3- hour presentation focusing on the Reformation period using examples of two Lucas Cranach Altarpieces. The first altarpiece examined is known as the Weimar Altarpiece located in the City Church of St. Peter and St. Paul (Stadtkirche) in Weimar, Germany. This altarpiece exemplifies the changes made to religious art resulting from Lutheran Reformation influences and depicts Bible scenes and people accordingly. A serious change from Catholic styles.
The main subject, known as The Triptych, is the Altarpiece located in St. Mary City Church, Wittenberg, Germany. This altarpiece is absolutely unique among religious art examples because it is not primarily about Biblical stories. It is all about art depicting the new Lutheran theology concerning Word and Sacraments. Each panel is explained in context with the other panels and the theological content for each panel is presented verbally and visually. These panels have not been well studied by Lutheran interests or art historians, resulting in this presentation being the most complete compilation available.
This presentation can be used for self-study, Bible classes, or a gathering of some type where a Lutheran educational topic would be appropriate. It could be especially useful for teaching doctrine where English is not the primary language or to young adults and youth who prefer visual means for teaching. Specifically, it is a visual exposition of Word and Sacrament as found in Luther’s Small Catechism and the Augsburg Confession. A tailored version for pastors to use as part of their catechism instruction can also be made available. Included in the CD is a readme file explaining how to use the material in the two different settings, multiple classes or in one setting. Click here for a pdf of the readme file.
The flyer and pricing for this study can be found by clicking here.
How Art Teaches Theology – Part II
The first example deals with the Lutheran view of the birth of Christ and the annunciation to the shepherds by the angel. The second example is Lutheran theology “in a nutshell” depicted by Roman Catholic theology and practice contrasted with Lutheran theology and practice, as each side toils in the vineyard of the Lord.
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This October we will be the most celebratory Lutheran event – the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing the 95 Theses to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany. This special event has been accented by resolutions recently passed at the 2016 LC-MS Convention. Here are the main points;
- The three mainline US Lutheran church bodies (LC-MS, WELS, and ELS) have collaborated with the help of funding from Thrivent Financial to create a new Luther documentary. This documentary will be aired on PBS and CD’s will be made available. The Luther documentary will be shown in the fall of 2017 so watch for the air date announcements. Perhaps you could plan an event for a showing at your church and invite the public in to learn more about what the Lutheran faith is all about. “Res. 15-02, …also publicizing it in their communities so that many might hear the doctrine of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone, and some may have their consciences consoled.”
- A new website has been created to share resources concerning the Reformation and can be found at lutheranreformation.org. Check it out for ideas and information to help make your celebrations significant.
- Encourage Study of the Augsburg Confession was the capstone of the Reformation related resolutions. A 28-lesson study on the confession has been added to this page that can be downloaded. http://churchmatterssolutions.org/bible-studies-concerning-the-lutheran-confessions/
Also, there will be a celebratory conference in San Diego on Oct 18 & 19, 2017. Go to this link for more information, http://1517legacy.com/
The Freedom of a Christian
Author: Dr. Martin Luther