Happy (500th) Birthday Reformation!!!

500 years ago, a monk on a mission changed church history (and Western civilization) forever. 

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. All he wanted was a debate. What he got was a Reformation. 

  Monk on a mission.

Monk on a mission.

Five centuries later, we can all read (!!!). Individual rights—including religious freedom—are held sacred. We live in a democratic society. If you're reading this, you likely believe that salvation comes by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. And, whether you know it or not, we largely have the Protestant Reformation to thank for all of that. 

And all that because one dude wanted to talk theology. 

  No Reformation, no reading. No reading, no homework. Darn Reformation!

No Reformation, no reading. No reading, no homework. Darn Reformation!

When I realized a couple months ago that this year was the Reformation's 500th birthday, I resolved to read as much Martin Luther as I could in 2017. All these years later, his biography remains gripping, his writing instructive and inspiring. His is still one of the clearest and most beautiful expositions of the gospel (On Christian Liberty). His writings on prayer (A Simple Way to Pray) and the Christian life (A Treatise on Good Works) continue to convict and teach me. His thought on church and culture (On the Babylonian Captivity of the Church; A Letter to the German Nobility) remains relevant. And he's still the only theologian I know who consistently makes me laugh out loud (Table Talk). 

So, rather than do my nerdy Reformation thing by myself off in a corner somewhere, I thought I'd share it with all of you this year. 

  Nobody puts Marty in a corner.

I'll be blogging regularly here, as well as tweeting (@pastorjefflocke) using the hashtag #ref500. Feel free to follow along, ask questions, and join the birthday celebration!!!