Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
Few things or ideas in today’s society are lasting. Being thought of for decades is about as good as it gets. But, fortunately for us, the legacy of Martin Luther continues to live on and serve as a focal point for much teaching as formation of our faith. Even though he did not intend it to be that way, Luther’s words and deeds largely founded Lutheranism. Of course, there were others who latched on to Martin’s concerns, however, as with other movements, a single figure or focus on an event creates the basis for something truly noteworthy.
Luther was not only a theologian and scholar, but he also was an astute observer of both significant religious practices and political movements. Observing the acts of selling indulgences by the Catholic Church, Luther was incensed! His outrage at the thought that an object or letter would gain a buyer advantage in going to heaven led to his writing of the famous 95 Theses. His posting them (in a posting area) on the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church in October of 1517 started the basis for a widespread public debate that, in reality, Luther certainly did not expect. Today, we would say, “Wow!”
In short, Luther knew that God’s grace, cannot be purchased. In the Adult Forum at St. Peter’s, we will talk about that Grace, the Word of the Lord, and the foundations of our Faith in much greater detail. Special sessions in the Wednesday day (12 Noon) and evening hours (7:30 p.m.) are scheduled for November 2, December 28, February 8 and May 3. Attend, and you will get your very own copy of the 95 Theses!
Look for other Luther-based events throughout the next months! –JCLewis