2017 marked the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. To commemorate that event we are posting short pieces on
works that came out of that event written by Martin Luther (thus “a minute with Martin”). Like any historical event,
the Reformation had its good and not-so-good aspects. In these reflections we’ll be focusing on the positive—writings
that almost any Christian (not just Lutherans) can find uplifting and edifying.
Just a note for clarification. Luther never wanted any organization, let alone a church or denomination named after him.
So in Germany, where Luther lived and the Reformation began, the church that grew out of the Reformation was called
evangelische or “evangelical”, which refers to the Greek word for the gospel or good news. But when
those people came to North America, they were known as “Lutherans” because they followed the teachings and confessions
that arose from that movement—and the name stuck. But even though the name changed, the focus remains on the gospel,
the good news of what God in his love and mercy, has done for humanity through the person and work of Jesus Christ.
We hope you’ll come back regularly to check out these brief posts. If you want to dig a bit deeper, there will be links
for other resources and if you have questions don’t hesitate to contact the church and speak to Pr. Brad.
If you are interested in reading a biography of Martin Luther and get a bit more Reformation history a couple of good
books are Martin Luther a Life by James Nestingen, and the classic Here I Stand by Roland Bainton.
There is also a children’s book Martin Luther: A Man Who Changed the World by Paul L. Maier.