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Happy Reformation Day!

While the heathen celebrate their darkness, let’s celebrate the light of the Reformation on this 490th anniversary of Luther’s posting of his 95 Theses on the church door in Wittenburg.

Here are a few items for your reading pleasure to commemorate the day:

Wikipedia’s entry on Reformation Day.

Watch the Reformation Polka.

Jim Kang shares Luther’s thoughts on Lazy Pastors and Preachers.

Scope out (or listen) to John Piper’s biographical sketch of Martin Luther.

Reformed Baptist Fellowship offers a list of Major Dates and Events Surrounding and Involving the Reformation.

Semper Reformanda highlights one of the lesser-known figures, the pre-Reformer John Huss. “On the 490th anniversary of Luther’s nailing of the 95 Theses on the church door in Wittenburg, we also celebrate John Huss, an early advocate of sola Scriptura, who was willing to die a martyr’s death for the One who had died for him.”

Tim Challies also has lots of good love at his Reformation Day Symposium.

Do you have anything Reformation related to add for our reading pleasure?

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About Eric "Gunny" Hartman

Gunny is pastor of Providence Church in Plano, TX, and has taught at Dallas Theological Seminary and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has completed coursework for a PhD in Rhetoric at University of Texas at Arlington and tries to be a good father to his 4 kiddos, exhibited by coaching a girls soccer team.

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3 thoughts on “Happy Reformation Day!

  1. >There’s a great book “reformers in the wings” that helps us brush up on those forgotten reformers like Bucer and Bullinger.

    Posted by Jared Nelson | November 15, 2007, 11:47 pm
  2. >On Saturday we had a Reformation Celebration (pictures) whereby we invited the community to join us.Tonight four families from church took the kids to Chuck E. Cheese’s (they don’t do Halloween) and let the kids play.After the pizza and play we shared a “Happy Reformation Day” chocolate cake.(It should have been German chocolate, but we’ll do better next year.)We’d been talking with the kids about the Reformation last week, a bit on Saturday, during the children’s message and sermon time at church, but I wish we would have done a bit more tonight. My mother-in-law is making me a Luther costume, so I’ll be more squared away for next year.We put the kids to bed and watched Martin Luther (the 1953 black & white version).I have that Reformation Overview, by the way, and really like it.I also recommend the one Timothy George did, History of Christianity.Thanks for the many great ideas, Jeff. I plan to use some of those next year and encourage others to do the same.

    Posted by GUNNY | November 1, 2007, 5:35 am
  3. >I love Reformation Day and I feel badly that I did not have time to write much about it this year. This is our 3rd year celebrating Reformation Day as a family. Our kids love it and look forward to it each year now. The past two years we celebrated with other families but it was just us this year. I’ll tell you what we did tonight. We turned the lights down some and lit several candles around the living room. I like to have AncientFaithRadio playing in the background [thank you, Orthodox, for your contribution to our Ref. Day celebration! 😉 ]. I dress up as Martin Luther and tell a story about the Reformation and what it was about. I quizzed them on key points and gave them all candy each time someone answered correctly (they knew most of the answers but they all answered correctly by the time I was done prompting them). Then we played Nail the Theses on the Door (from pin the tail on the donkey). They were either peeking tonight or had some Spirit-led precision!Then we played a game where they have to pop balloons until they find the ones with little notes inside. There were three notes in three different balloons. One said “By Grace,” another “Through Faith,” and another “In Christ.” We talk about this often enough that we didn’t spend a ton of time on this one. We did a word search game where you had to find as many names of Reformers as you can in 5 minutes. I teamed up with one and my wife with the other. My wife made a pumpkin dip that we ate while the girls colored pictures of Martin Luther. After that we watched a video from the Christian History Institute’s “Reformation Overview.” We watched the video on Zwingli and Calvin. Its still a little over their heads but they like it (they are 8 and under). To wrap up the night, my wife gave each of the girls a bag of candy. We talked to them about the Gospel and our faith and prayed. So that’s what we did this year. We all really enjoy it. The girls genuinely look forward to it and are glad we do it so we’re glad about that. We’ll probably go back to doing it together with other families again next year. We just had too much going on right now to organize it this time. If any of you celebrate Reformation Day in any way, I’d love to hear about it.

    Posted by Jeff Wright | November 1, 2007, 2:25 am

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