At our afternoon session in the ministers' Week of Prayer today Rev. Ron Johnstone, chairman of the Presbytery's Reformation Committee, referred to a 'prophecy' made by Bohemian martyr Jan Hus 100 years before Martin Luther appeared on the Reformation stage. To counteract the notion that this story is a mere Protestant invention, I will quote from the writings of Poggius Florentini, a Roman Catholic priest and an observer at Huss’ martyrdom. As an eyewitness he wrote about a
His passionate beliefs about music and worship led Martin Luther to write both words and music for several hymns, including ‘A Mighty Fortress is Our God.’ Luther’s first hymnal was published in 1524. It contained eight hymns, four written by himself. Later hymnals were also published for congregational use. He urged people to use the hymns at home and encouraged parochial schools to teach them to their students.
Luther’s Reformation hymn, “Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Yo
In November 2016, Martyrs organised a series of five messages that spanned the life and ministry of Martin Luther. You may access these by following this link to Sermon Audio: http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=117161627507 Here you will find the first sermon in the series - the others are accessible from the link on this page.
We are gradually formulating a list of items that we require (sometimes it is more desire, a la pipe dreams!) for our proposed Reformation Room at Martyrs. Since the plan is to represent Luther, before conversion, in the monastery at Erfurt and also, post conversion, as he produces a Bible in the German language from a room in the Wartburg Castle, some basic items naturally suggest themselves: • An old 'Captain's style' chair – the more battered and worn the better, • An old
Martin Luther was a preaching machine. Luther preached around 4,000 sermons in his life (2,300 have been preserved). On average, he preached 120 sermons per year. That’s a sermon every three days.1 And we think preaching every seven days is hard! Luther never used a manuscript. Although he studied well in preparation, he preached extemporaneously from a short outline. Since this was an unprecedented (and frightening) approach to preaching at the time, his students called it “
'Tiny Martin Luther toy triggers claims of anti-Semitism' is the title of an article written by Tom Heneghan for USA Today, 4 January 2017. Undoubtedly the best quote in this article appears right at the end: “In this jubilee year, it’s not primarily about Luther Playmobil figures, Luther socks and Reformation candies. They only open the door so the message can be heard. And it is clear and more relevant than ever — rediscover Christ!” Luther's later antagonistic statements a
While 2017 will see us mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in Europe, the fact should not be overlooked that the Church of Jesus Christ today needs reformation.
With this truth in mind, 2 Chronicles 7:14 has been burning into my heart of late: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land
Galatians 3:11: “But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, ‘The just shall live by faith’.”
Many Catholic theologians today tell us that the Roman Catholic church now agrees with much of the material contained in Martin Luther’s 95 Theses.
They explain that, because of the corruption within the Catholic church in Luther’s day, plus the excesses of several of her popes, Martin Luther’s position against Rome’s errors is to be approve