On October 31, 1517, a previously unknown monk named Martin Luther nailed his famous 95 Theses to the door of the local church in Wittenberg. Many of us are familiar with the idealized version of this story. We picture Luther going to the door at dawn with a hammer in his hand before he relentlessly […]Read More Why Luther Posted His “95 Theses”
501 years ago this month, Martin Luther nailed his famous 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg church. What followed was an earthquake along theological fault lines rivaled only by the Great Schism of 1054. Whereas the Great Schism divided the Church between the Roman Catholic Church in the West and the Orthodox Church […]Read More The 5 Solas of the Reformation
In October 1517, Martin Luther began what we now recognize as the Protestant Reformation in the German city of Wittenberg. Since we’re separated from Luther by 501 years, it’s tempting to discredit the difficulties Luther encountered half a millennium ago. Make no mistake about it, however, Luther’s life was in real danger. His friends and […]Read More Be a Sinner and Sin Boldly: Luther on Following Christ
Different versions of Christianity have different standards a person must meet in order to be called a Christian. A Roman Catholic, for example, may define a Christian as someone who attends mass and participates in the sacraments. However, even the most ardent Catholic probably doesn’t believe their Lutheran neighbor is invariably consigned to the pits […]Read More What Must a Christian Believe?