Reformation Day (October 31)

Reformation Day October 31 Today, we rejoice to celebrate the Festival of Reformation Day. On October 31, 1517, an Augustinian monk crossed a leaf-strewn courtyard to stand before the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Saxony. There he posted a series of ninety-five statements, or theses, for debate among

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Reformation Events Timeline

Around 1400 Johannes Gutenberg, inventor of movable type printing around 1435, was born (died in 1469). His invention allowed the rapid spread of Reformation ideas. 1483 Martin Luther was born in Eisleben, Saxony. Later, in a visit to the town of his birth, he died. 1509 John Calvin was born

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We Remember St. Simon and St. Jude

Festival of St. Simon and St. Jude, Apostles October 28 The Lord be with you In the lists of the twelve apostles (Matthew 10:2-4; Mark 3:16-19; Luke 6:14-16; Acts 1:13), the tenth and eleventh places are occupied by Simon the Zealot (or “Cananaean”) and by Jude (or “Judas,” not Iscariot

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How Did Luther Become A Lutheran?

Luther’s Reformation insights did not come in one fell swoop on October 31, 1517. Far from it. He’d been lecturing on the Bible at the University of Wittenberg for several years, teaching courses on Romans and the Psalms. He’d come to a clear conviction that humility was key to the

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Religious Freedom Under Attack

Religious freedom under attack in U.S. Supreme Court cases People of Christian faith and our religious institutions have come under increasing attack in recent years from secular forces, which often resort to litigation when they fail to achieve their legislative goals. These challenges have come largely from pro-abortion, atheist and

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We Remember Three Great Hymn Writers

Commemoration of Philipp Nicolai, Johann Heermann, and Paul Gerhardt, Hymnwriters October 26 The Lord be with you Three of the greatest Lutheran hymnwriters are commemorated together on this date. Philipp Nicolai was born August 10, 1556, in Mengeringhausen, Waldeck, Germany, the son of a pastor. He studied theology at the

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We Remember Dorcas, Lydia, and Phoebe

Commemoration of Dorcas (Tabitha), Lydia, and Phoebe, Faithful Women October 25 The Lord be with you Dorcas, Lydia and Phoebe were exemplary Christians who demonstrated their faith by their material support of the Church. Dorcas, or Tabitha (the name means “gazelle” and was a favorite name among both Greeks and

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Christ’s Healing Hand & You

“Then a demon-oppressed man who was blind and mute was brought to him, and he healed him, so that the man spoke and saw.” (Matthew 12:22) … I am always struck by the immediacy of Jesus’ ministry. In Matthew’s Gospel this immediacy take on a more mundane but no less

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