Some items for the Wartburg room that have been recently procured will give our castle room a more authentic feel. These include a pewter candlestick holder, an antique chair and a desk. With the addition of a quill, some ink, and several manuscripts, Luther – as part of the 'Sanhedrin' (a translation committee that worked on bringing the Latin Old Testament into German) – will be ready for action ... .
As soon as the dust from the Easter Convention settled, it was time to reopen the doors on the Reformation Project and work towards ticking off a few more items on our extensive checklist. This was duly done: • at Martyrs, the entrance to Luther's Castle Room was rendered in a 'stone finish,' his bed was returned to its position in the Monastery Room, and items of furniture were put in position. • in the 'paintshop,' a new batch of Reformation figures and materials was starte
One of my friends on Facebook recently posted a photo of a figurine of Martin Luther holding an open Bible. My thought was that one of these would look terrific in one of the displays in our Reformation Room. A delivery from Joh. Vogler GmbH, Germany, duly arrived at an Ulster home today ... .
Part of the Kids Club that is organised for children during the annual Easter Convention services was to do some rubbings on the 'Luther Doors' at Martyrs. On the central set of the six front doors at Martyrs some of Luther's 95 Theses are displayed. It is our plan to begin the Luther Tour at this point, so the children who made rubbings of one word on these doors yesterday helped us with a valuable test: • is the panel on the sheet we have prepared for these rubbings large e
"This is the meaning of the words by St. Paul: "Christ was raised for our justification." Here Paul turns my eyes away from my sins and directs them to Christ, for if I look at my sins, they will destroy me. Therefore I must look unto Christ who has taken my sins upon Himself, crushed the head of the serpent and become the blessing. Now they no longer burden my conscience, but rest upon Christ, whom they desire to destroy. Let us see how they treat him. They hurl him to the g
Thanks to the generosity of Mr Joe Costley, 2000 bookmarks arrived at Martyrs today in time for the annual Friday evening meeting in the Easter Convention. These will be extremely useful in drawing attention to our 'By Faith Alone' Luther Exhibition as they deliver the invitation to: • Retrace the Steps of Luther • Rediscover the Gospel of Grace as he did • Receive Excellent Resources about the Reformation. Many people wandered through our Exhibition area in the hope of catch
Born on this day – 14 April, 1521 – John Marbach entered the world at a most dramatic moment when Martin Luther was taking his robust stand against the corruption of the established church. • The year before his birth, Pope Leo X issued the bull, Exsurge Domine, condemning 41 of Luther's propositions. • Four days after Marbach's birth, Luther stood before an assembly in Worms, Germany and famously declared, "Here I stand. I can do no other." Marbach's studies eventually took
I was intrigued to be part of a discussion today where the subject was offerings in Martyrs 'in days of yore.' One visitor raised the image of plastic buckets being passed around the congregation (later revising this to a memory from the opening of the Whitefield College of the Bible at Laurencetown); another insisted that this had not been a feature during his sojourn at Martyrs; yet another recalled the 'famous silent collections'! One truth remains uncontested: Martyrs peo
Monday witnessed a big push (no pun intended) to take our Fly Press onto the next stage and nudge it closer to mimicking the appearance and action of an old Gutenberg press. With the help of Wittenberg printers, Martin Luther was able to produce multiple copies of key Reformation literature, including his new German Bible. A few more additions, tweaks and some staining and this press will really look the part. Better still, it will be a functional part near the end of the Lut
Sparking off some discussion in Haldane & Fisher on Ladas Drive yesterday was a growing bundle of wooden tiles. 24 in total. Each 8 inches square. "Umm, what is it you're doing?" Admittedly, it's not a daily pastime. But it was one of the tasks that Peter Lunn had set himself yesterday as he made every effort to move the Reformation Room Project on to another stage. In the latter half of the C19th a New York postman, Noyes Chapman, invented a simple puzzle. It was a tray of t