Reformation 500

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On October 31, 2017, the world will commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. This resource list is not all inclusive, but we hope you find it edifying. Messiah Lutheran did not create any of the content. If you have ideas for additions, please contact us.

500 Years of Reformation Speaker Series
The sound of Martin Luther’s pounding hammer has resounded through these past five centuries, and continues to reverberate in the ears of the faithful, calling us back to the Gospel of God’s unmerited Grace given for us in his Son, Jesus Christ. (Messiah Lutheran, All Souls Episcopal and other Hanover County congregations are joining together to sponsor this special speaker series.)

Thursday, February 23
Location: Fork Church
Speaker: Dr. David Holmes
Mason Professor of Religious Studies, Emeritus, at the College of William and Mary

Topic: High Church, Low Church: Virginia Churchmanship & the Reformation

Thursday, March 30
Location: St Paul’s, Hanover
Speaker: The Rev. Dave Zahl
Co-author of Law And Gospel: A Theology for Sinners (and Saints)

Topic: Law and Grace, 500 Years Later: A Fresh Look at the Pastoral Ingenuity of the Reformation

Thursday, April 27
Location: Messiah Lutheran Church
Speaker: Joe Lenow, ABD
Doctoral candidate in Religion, University of Virginia

Topic: Counter Reformation: Five Myths about the Beginning of Protestantism

Thursday, May 25
Location: Church of Our Savior
Speaker: The Rev. Ben Shelton
Rector, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Culpeper, VA

Topic: The End of Scripture: Luther’s doctrine of scripture today

SUMMER BREAK

Thursday, September 7
Church: St Paul’s, Hanover
Location: The Rev. Dr Bob Prichard
The Arthur Lee Kinsolving Professor of Christianity in America and Instructor in Liturgy, Virginia Theological Seminary

Topic: TBA

Thursday, October 5
Location: Messiah Lutheran Church
Speaker: TBA

Topic: TBA

Tue, Oct 31 or Wed, Nov 1 (TBA) – Worship Service
Location: TBA
Presiding Clergy: TBA
Preacher: TBA

“With New Voices — The Small Catechism in the 21st Century.”

The following sermons are part of Messiah’s marking the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation (October 31, 1517). “With New Voices — The Small Catechism in the 21st Century” is an invitation to all congregations and members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) to engage Luther’s Small Catechism in a new way. It is an invitation: 1) to hear the Lutheran witness of the Christian faith that we share from new voices — voices that perhaps we did not hear in our earlier faith experiences; and 2) to be renewed in our own voices as we join in the witness of the whole Christian community for the world.

June 18, 2017 – Baptism – Text: Acts 19:1-10

June 25, 2017 – the Lord’s Supper – Text: John 6:47-69

Lutheran – Anglican Lenten Reflections 
Consider using this new resource for Lent from the Anglican-Lutheran International Coordinating Committee. It was made to help commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation: Click here

The Lutheran Church in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia:
Where we’ve come from – Where we’re going
As we celebrate the 500th year Commemoration of the Reformation, our own Virginia Lutheran history can help us as we move forward as Christ’s Church in the 21st Century. Dr. Susan McArver, Professor of History and Educational Ministry Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, will help guide us to look for the ways God continues to Reform Christ’s Church.

You are invited! Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 1:30-3:00 PM at Grace Lutheran Church 500 S. Wayne Avenue Waynesboro, VA

500/300/175 Day of Celebration
Come celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the 300th anniversary of the oldest Lutheran congregation in Virginia, and the 175th anniversary of the Lutheran college of Virginia, Roanoke College. The Presiding Bishop of the ELCA, Bishop James Mauney of the Virginia Synod of the ELCA, and many rostered leaders of the Virginia Synod will be attending. Registration for lay people opens on Friday, April 7, on a first come basis. Space is limited. Cost: $20/person. Location: Mt. Hebron Lutheran, Madison, Virginia. Register at VirginiaSynod.org.

What would Luther Do Today?
Elizabeth Eaton, the presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America applies Luther’s thoughts and writings to contemporary issues. Her video presentations are entitled:

  • Origins
  • Poverty and Ecumenism
  • Climate Change
  • Legacy

This course is ideal for those seeking to better understanding of how Lutheranism might address current affairs. This is an online class offered through ChurchNext.tv.

Lutheran World Federation (LWF) – Roman Catholic Dialog:

Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification by Faith (1999) – Find it here

From Conflict to Communion (2013)  – Download here

Declaration on the Way (2015)  – Download here

Joint statement on the occasion of the Joint Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration
of the Reformation (31 October 2016) – Find it here

Movies:

Luther (2003)

Martin Luther (1953)

Additional “Reformation 500” Resources:

Best Lutheran Related Book List on GoodReads.com – Find a good book, rate some, or add your own favorite(s) to the list: Find it here

Evangelical Church of Germany commemorative website (English version) – Luther2017.de/en

Augsburg Fortress Publishers – Reformation 500 page

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) commemorative website – elca500.org

Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) commemorative website – LutheranReformation.org

Wisconson Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) – wels.net/reformation500

Luther Reading Challenge – lutherreadingchallenge.org

Lutheran World Federation 12th Assembly – Runs from May 10-May 16, 2017. Visit LutheranWorld.org to learn all about it and follow its progress. They also have a Facebook page and Twitter account.

Road to the Reformation Facebook Page sponsored by Fortress press – Find it here

Luther 500 Festival (Germany) – Check out Luther500Festival.com

PlayMobil Martin Luther – The fastest selling PlayMobil figure in history is available from Concordia Publishing and other sellers for $9.99.

Lutheran publishing houses – AugsburgFortress.org (sponsored by the ELCA) or CPH.org (sponsored by the LCMS)

Shows/Videos of Interest:

Coming to PBS in 2017! – Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World

A Stephen McCaskell Film – Available April 21, 2017 at lutherdocumentary.com

From German Tourism: Martin Luther – 500 years of the Reformation (2017)

Rick Steve’s Martin Luther & the Reformation (2017)

PBS travel guru and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) member, Rick Steves, created a wonderful special for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. You can view this PBS special for free at Rick Steve’s website. Messiah will also offer several viewing parties in 2017, or catch it on your local PBS station.

From Christian History Institute: This Changed Everything (unk. date)

Available on Amazon video: http://amzn.to/2lsi1ds

Torchlighters: The Martin Luther Story (2016; animated for youth)

Available on Amazon video: http://amzn.to/2kduiNJ

From Lutheran Hour Ministries (2015) – A Man Named Martin Luther: The Man

From Lutheran Hour Ministries (2015) – A Man Named Martin Luther: The Moment

Reformation The Individual Before God – BBC’s History of Christianity Series (2009)

In the Footsteps of Martin Luther (2009, travel oriented video)

Available on Amazon video: http://amzn.to/2kdjvmS

Martin Luther – PBS Empire Series, parts 1 & 2 (2002)

Opening the Doors to Luther with Rick Steves – ELCA’s Mosaic Productions (2001)

Katie Luther: The Morning Star of Wittenberg – ELCA’s Mosaic Productions (2001)

Academic Lectures & Miscelaneous Posts

 

From Northwestern University – Luther and the West (2017)

Watch the lectures here: https://www.coursera.org/learn/luther-and-the-west

From Lutheran Quarterly – The Reformation 500 Years later (2016)

Dr. Timothy Wengert leads this discussion here: http://bit.ly/2o5zpCY

Ecumenical Witness on the Eve of the Reformation Anniversary (2016)

Lecture series by R.C. Sproul from Ligonier Ministries (unk. yr.; Calvinist approach)

Available on Amazon video: http://amzn.to/2lzaBSp

Women of the Reformation – 500 Jahre Reformation (2016) – Entire Playlist

Lecture 3.4: The Social Impact of the Protestant Reformation – Kelsey Johnson (2016)

“The Insanity of Luther” – R.C. Sproul

“Martin Luther a Racist Anti-Semite” – The Theology Q&A (2016)

Related to this topic, see: Declaration of the ELCA to Jewish Community (1994)

Ryan M. Reeves (PhD Cambridge) is Assistant Professor of Historical Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Less Orthodox Takes on Martin Luther:

Martin Luther and You! – Sparkhouse’s Colaborate curriculum (See Video 1 in playlist.)

What if the Reformation Never Happened – AlternateHistoryHub (2015)

Luther and the Protestant Reformation – Crash Course World History (2014)

Lutheran – Sparkhouse’s Re:Form curriculum (2011)

Luther Rap (2011)

95 Theses Rap – a Yale student project (2008)

The Reformation Polka (2007)