Five Hundred Years!

This is the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s nailing the 95 theses on the door of the church. We mark it as the beginning of the Protestant reformation. John read a lot about Luther this year. One fact new to him was that Luther wrote 20% of everything that was published at that time! The invention of the printing press enabled him to share his prolific writings all over Europe. No wonder we know a lot about him!

For almost a year, John and I have been wearing the sweatshirts sister Chris gave us. Today I finally took a photo of us together.

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Have a blessed Reformation Day!

33 thoughts on “Five Hundred Years!

      1. I did too. It got me researching all kinds of things. What is interesting is that although some things he did stand out, it did usher in changes by its mere rebellion. People who had in the past not questioned doctrinal practices started too. The reformists also evolved, some became a bit heady, but the end goal was change and testing what they had been previously taught. It’s quite fascinating.


        1. It’s not often I find someone taking pleasure in history. John was a history major. He’s like a touch screen — touch him, and history comes out. Earlier this year he led a Sunday School class about the reformation, and he’s doing another series about the effect of the reformation through history. I’m learning a lot.

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  1. Love the hoodies, something the Monks introduced so many years ago. Like those who campaigned on the pullman car’s rear porch in bygone years, I can see John singing the word from that venue. “Toot-Toot, all aboard for the Gospel”

    In an old Lutheran Service Book and Hymnal, there is a Reformation Day Prayer:

    “Almighty God, who through the preaching of your
    servants, the courageous Reformers, has caused the light of the Gospel
    to shine forth: Grant us
    Father, that knowing its saving power, we may faithfully guard and defend it against all enemies,
    and joyfully proclaim it, to the salvation of souls and the glory of your Holy Name; through thy
    Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives
    and reigns with you and the Holy
    Spirit, one God, forever.

    Stephen J. Nichols,
    The Reformation: How a Monk and a Mallet Changed the World
    (Wheaton, IL:
    Crossway Books, 2007)


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