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Today marks the 484th Anniversary of Martin Luther nailing the 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenburg, Germany. Happy Reformation Day!

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  1. It’s rare that Churches teach their congregations about even the fundamental basics of Church History anymore. But Daniel, “Happy Reformation Day”.

  2. Being Lutheran, we certainly talked about the Reformation!

  3. Too kind Daniel, too kind.

    Paul, in my early study of Church History, I never realized that Lutherans and Baptists have more in common that I originally thought.

  4. Being fundamental Baptist, while we think Luther did a cool thing, it’s not a big deal to us because we never had to be “Reformed” anyway. We date back to Jesus, John, Peter, and Paul. 🙂

    • So Brian, you’re Catholic too? That must be a strange culture in your home.

      • I believe it’s incredibly important for Christians today to recognize the debt we owe to Wycliffe, Hus, Tyndale, Luther, Calvin, Knox, and the other Reformers – for getting us back to the teachings of Jesus, John, Peter, and Paul.

        If not for their efforts, we would still have the proclamations of current and past popes as being as authoritative for our daily lives as the Bible.

        Yes, we want to go to the Bible today, and yes, we want to acknowledge that we are teaching today what the Bible taught 1,950 years ago. But let’s not ignore the sacrifices and even martyrdoms that took place to bring us back to these Biblical doctrines.

      • Indeed, they suffered greatly. Much like the disciples before them.

    • Baptists grew out of Protestant Puritanism, that is pretty clear from history. Without the Reformers, no John Smyth, and no Baptists.

      • Agreed.

        Well, every (orthodox) Protestent denomination traces its roots back to the Reformers, in some sort or another – and through them, of course, to Augustine and the earlier Fathers of the church, and from them to the apostles and to Christ. While we always look to the Bible as our ultimate authority – which, in fact, is one of the five Solas of the Reformation (Sola Scriptura) – we need to recognize that these truths haven’t appeared out of nowhere after a 1900-year absence. They have been passed on to us through blood, sweat, and tears – each of those all too literally.

    • I guess not much credence given here to “Trail of Blood” and the like?

  5. Happy Reformation Day, everyone! 😀