On October 31, 1517, a Catholic priest, an Augustinian Monk named Martin Luther, a lecturer in Bible at the University of Wittenberg threw some kindling on a smoldering fire that set Germany and soon all of Europe ablaze. He had no intention of starting a revolution against the church; in fact, he felt he was being a good Catholic by helping point out the church’s abuses. He posted 95 theses on the church door in Wittenberg. Although posted for all to see, they were written in the language of the church, Latin. Few citizens could read the language of the scholars. These were 95 points of debate that Luther had concerning the sale of indulgences. He was only hoping to get the attention of the church hierarchy, but instead, he grabbed the attention of the world. He wanted a debate he got a reformation.
To help commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, I am going to focus on the Reformation the month of October at Community Bible Church. In Sunday School I’ll be teaching on “Understanding the Reformation.” I’ll be preaching on the Five Solas of the Reformation during the Worship hour. On Sunday nights we’ll be looking at key Reformation figures. I will also be writing some blog posts about the Reformation especially concerning factors that played a role in the Reformation that you may not realize. Factors like technology, social media, commercial branding, murder, betrayal, kidnapping, humanism, hocus pocus and even sexual libido. I hope you’ll enjoy them, but also learn something. Soli Deo Gloria.