Happy Reformation Day!
While everyone is running around, and for good fun, filling bags of candy today, I'm thinking on this All Hallow's Eve of one particular saint worth remembering. Especially today.
499 years ago today, Martin Luther tacked up the Wittenberg Door an invitation to discuss 95 theses concerning the sale of indulgences. Next year is gonna be a yuge year for publishing, celebrating, and discussing the Protestant Reformation, but it is worth stopping every year to think on the meaning of indulgences other than a KitKat bar.
In that vein, here are a few helpful resources I've found of late to help me, as a Protestant, think about the Reformation.
"When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, ``Repent'' (Mt 4:17), he willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance." - Martin Luther, Thesis 1
- Text of the Heidelberg Catechism, one of the greatest of all Reformation documents.
- Recommendations on the best books about the Reformation.
- Carl Trueman's course on the Reformation. This is really, really good. A wonderful introduction to the events, personalities, movements, and issues of the Protestant Reformation. As a lead up, don't miss his course on the Medieval Church as well.
- Dr. Mohler on "We Have Only One Priest: The Reformation as a Revolution in Ministry."
- And lastly, the Reformation carries on to the present today through wonderful preaching such as this by Elder D.J. Ward on "Christ Alone."