Happy 500th anniversary of the Reformation! This morning we are talking about the relevance of the Reformation for today and sharing a few random thoughts on Halloween.
Whether you participate in Halloween, use it as an evangelistic tool, or go to a church Reformation celebration is not what we’re debating. We believe this is an area of Christian liberty. You are free to choose how to best participate in your community.
Ever wonder why Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the church? The church doors served as a community bulletin board! We’ve been talking to our kids and our church members about some Reformation history as the 500th anniversary approaches.
One of the most fun resources we found was this song summarizing Reformation history. Shawn’s kids have been walking around for a few weeks singing about papal bulls, indulgences, and transubstantiation! Though the Reformation Polka is slightly silly, the kids have picked up more historical facts from the song than most adults know.
Finally, we conclude with some thoughts about why it’s important to celebrate and study the Reformation. Many American congregations are dying out, people are no longer studying their Bibles, and many are reverting back to pre-Reformation religion. Meanwhile, in countries facing greater persecution, the church is growing as the believers hold fast to scripture.
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Links and Recommendations:
Martin Luther – Eric Metaxas
The Insanity of God – Nik Ripkin
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