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Reformation

Events were held around the world recently to commemorate the event from 500 years ago when Martin Luther presented his “95 Theses” – which he may or may not have actually nailed to the door of the church at Wittenberg, Germany – and began the changes in the church that are broadly known as the […] Read More

Churches around the globe paused earlier this week and remembered the courage of a man named Martin – and rightfully so. Martin Luther’s challenge of the Catholic Church on Oct. 31, 1517, reshaped the 16th-century Christian landscape, and it continues to influence Christian life in the 21st century. Soon, other voices joined Luther’s call for […] Read More

It’s been a busy year for those whose connection with Martin Luther is not only confessional but professional. In this 500th anniversary of the year when Luther is credited with starting the Reformation, the world already has had months or more of reflection, commemoration and discussion about that event. Sarah Hinlicky Wilson, Lutheran theologian and […] Read More

My wife and I visited Wittenberg, a town made famous by the reformers Martin Luther and Philip Melanchthon, this summer. Our visit followed a week teaching about the environment on the Bible and Culture course run by IFES Graduate Impact in Woltersdorf near Berlin. It was on Oct. 31, 1517, 500 years ago, that Luther […] Read More

The church, which is the creation of God’s Word and God’s Spirit, belongs to God. It is holy, and the holiness of the church stands in contrast to individual and communal sin. Historically, sin, which runs counter to the church’s nature and vocation, has disfigured the church’s witness. God the Holy Spirit enables reform and […] Read More

A majority of Protestants and Catholics in the U.S. see more similarities than differences between their traditions, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. The polling in western Europe yielded more ambiguous results. While a majority of Protestants in all the surveyed nations affirmed more similarities than differences between the traditions, only in five […] Read More

I have had the privilege of working with numerous congregations to clarify their identity and lean into the future proactively. When that has gone well, one consequence has nearly always been true: The fresh vision requires a significant shift in the organizational life of the congregation. David Cooperrider, one of the founders of the “Appreciative […] Read More

If Reformation Sunday is about anything, it’s about big theology. Martin Luther, John Calvin, Ulrich Zwingli and John Knox loom large as veritable giants in the history of the church. These Reformers crafted big, new theologies to differentiate their beliefs from the dogma of the dominant Roman Catholic Church. We remain in their debt because […] Read More

I agree with theologian Robert McAfee Brown in “The Spirit of Protestantism” in which he said: “There has not been a moment in the church’s life when it has not stood in need of reformation, redirection, and renewal at the hand of God.” That was true 495 years ago at the dawn of what we […] Read More

Many Protestant Christians celebrated Oct. 31 as Reformation Day, the day that commemorates a little known German monk, Martin Luther, who may or may not have posted his infamous Ninety-Five Theses on a church door in Wittenberg on Oct. 31, 1517. This act challenged the Roman Catholic authority, particularly the authority of the pope, and […] Read More