Yes, it’s Halloween Day, but I’ve never really been a big fan. What people don’t know though, is that it’s also Reformation Day today! Four hundred and ninety five years ago, Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses to the Wittenburg castle church door. This put into motion a movement that had been underground until this point, but the wheels were suddenly put in motion that would change Christian history forever. So today, in honor of the birth of the Reformation, here are some links that help us celebrate Christian history:
Christianity and the Dark Side––What About Halloween?
I’m not totally ignoring Halloween. Al Mohler presents a great article to help us think of what Halloween stands for: “Over a hundred years ago, the great Dutch theologian Herman Bavinck predicted that the 20th century would “witness a gigantic conflict of spirits.” His prediction turned out to be an understatement, and this great conflict continues into the 21st century.”
Four Reasons My Family Trick-or-Treats
Before you think I’m absolutely against Halloween, I’m not. Here’s a look at the reasoning of a faithful pastor, Jesse Johnson, and why his family trick-or-treats.
A Prayer for Reformation Day
In a short post, Nathan Busenitz gives us a glimpse of the prayer of Martin Luther the day before he post the 95 Theses. In the midst of his consternation, Luther cried out to God for strength and help.Here is part of Luther’s poignant prayer.
Church History Timeline
A cool little website to help us get our bearings on church history. It’s interactive and easy to use––and it gives a broad overview of historical events and how they brought us where we are.
Jonathan Edwards App
Yes, this is for real. And it’s awesome. For you church history buffs: “The Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University is pleased to announce the official Works of Jonathan Edwards Online iOS App. Now you can easily access and share the works of Jonathan Edwards from your mobile device.”
Memorizing verses has always been a difficult task for me. Thankfully, we can now use technology to help us to keep Scripture written on our hearts. This free online tool helps with Scripture memorization.
After Darkness…Light (Video)
From John Piper: Today is Reformation Day. Martin Luther posted his explosive 95 theses October 31, 1517. In the wake of Luther’s life, an army of Reformers soon emerged. Foremost among them was John Calvin. Together they recovered for the church the supreme authority and clarity of the Scriptures. Grace-erasing tradition had buried the glory of the gospel. But now light was breaking out. So the Reformers took up a Latin phrase to describe the wonder: “Post Tenebras Lux”—“After Darkness… Light.”