Skip Halloween, and celebrate Reformation Day! Celebrating God’s work in the history of the church seems more befitting than celebrating death and darkness.
“giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” – Colossians 1:12-13
The kingdom of God is life and light, which seems to be the polar opposite of what Halloween is about these days. This isn’t really a rant against Halloween, I just want to emphasize the realities of God’s kingdom instead, so that’s all I’ll say.
Martin Luther (1483-1546), is one of, if not the principal figure of the protestant reformation in most minds. So Reformation Day commemorates the day that Luther is said to have nailed his “95 Theses” to the Castle Church door. Luther openly and publicly challenged the errors of the Roman Catholic church in his day, sparking the protestant reformation. Others had no doubt gone before to provide the kindling, but this is when the match was lit.
Regardless of where you stand in relation to all the points of his theology, I believe his life and work is worth studying, and will benefit all Christians. I’ve compiled here a list of a few resources that I’ve come across over time that I hope will be helpful for you as well. The first link is more historical and biographical, with information regarding Luther’s life and times. The rest of the links are works by Luther himself.
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