Historian Taylor Branch quotes Martin Luther King Jr. saying after the Montgomery bus boycott, "perhaps I have earned my name." The actions of Luther in 1521 at Worms, Germany, fueled a Reformation that continues today nearly 500 years after the historic truth-to-power moment. When disparate voices are heard today, and change grows from the bottom up, we are reminded that the Reformation continues.
Reformation Update! (1517 is so 2017) By Hans Wiersma, Augsburg University Okay, it’s time for a little reality check here. The 95 Theses were not such a big deal after all. Sure, they made a bit of a splash when they first hit the streets. And Brother Martin gained a little fame and got into a bit of trouble because of them. But the theses themselves didn’t really ask new questions or raise new objections. Even Luther didn’t think they were all that. After 1518, the theses were sort of...
Hey, here’s an idea! At your next congregation-council meeting, why not suggest commissioning a painting for your Altar, depicting your Pastor, your Mayor, some popular public figures, and the church council, all at the Last Supper with Jesus – and paint a nearby armed-forces base in the background.
In the University town of Wittenberg when international scholars gathered around the dining table of Philip Melanchthon, their only common language was often Latin. What must it be like when everyone declines to speak?
The world’s first Protestant Parsonage. Johannes, Martha and Sara--the Bugenhagan kids--grew up there, pioneering the role of the PK, while their dad, Johannes Buganhagen joined his colleagues Martin Luther, Philip Melanchthon and others in shaping the theology and message of the Reformation. Among the tens of people who may stumble across this blog post over the years, my guess is that some of them will also carry the distinction, “PK.” Heck, in this day and age, some of you dear readers...