Month: October 2017

500 Years – Part 6 // The Way It Was file | Play in new windowThe title of this episode, Part 6 in the Series 500 Yrs, in commemoration of the Half-Millennial anniversary of The Reformation, is “The Way It Was;” a brief look at popular religion of the Middle and Late Middle Ages in Europe. We’ve spent most of our time in this series on the Reformers, many of whom were professional clergy before they broke with Rome. A fair question to ask is, “What was religion like for commoners, peasants; the vast majority of the population?” Since it was only the clergy and a handful of...

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500 Years – Part 05 // Can’t We All Just Get Along? file | Play in new window As we come up to the 500 year anniversary of Reformation Day, when Martin Luther tacked his revolutionary list of exceptions to current church practice and belief to the Castle Church door in the German town of Wittenberg, we’re faced with the realization that the Reformation embraced many more people than the popular telling of history enumerates. Many more. Who do we think of when we think of the Reformation? Martin Luther & John Calvin are the first two most would name. Then with a bit more searching of the gray matter,...

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500 Years – Part 04 // Black Earth file | Play in new windowHis family name was “Black Earth,” as in the rich, fertile soil around his hometown. In German, Schwartzerdt. His first name was Philipp. He was born in Feb of 1497 at Bretten in SW Germany. His father was an armorer for an important German Count. Though tiny for his age, Philipp was brilliant. It seemed his body put all its energy into the development of his mind rather than his increasingly misshapen body. So at the age of only 10 he joined the scholars at the school of Pforzheim where he learned Latin,...

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500 Years – Part 03 // The Good & The Bad file | Play in new windowBy necessity due to time, we ended the last episode in the middle of recounting Luther’s great conversion experience, where he realized the righteousness  God requires isn’t one borne of good works, but is the righteousness of God Himself, which He gives freely to those who put their faith in the atoning work of Christ. Luther later wrote that he realized he wasn’t he first person to believe that. Many of the saints of yore had come to that realization. So it wasn’t salvation by grace through faith that initially set him at...

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