Reformation 500 Countdown

Trip to Rome

Trip to Rome 26 WEEKS BEFORE REFORMATION SUNDAY Martin Luther’s trip to Rome during 1511/1512 (the exact date is disputed) had a major impact on his life. By then, he had begun to delve deeply into theological issues, seeking answers to questions about Read More →

Ample eggs and happy hearts

Ample eggs and happy hearts 27 WEEKS BEFORE REFORMATION SUNDAY Martin Luther and his namesake college in Iowa share the fact that each has embraced the Easter egg hunt. Luther College hosts a Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt. Back in the 16th century, Luther himself was Read More →

Erfurt

Erfurt 28 WEEKS BEFORE REFORMATION SUNDAY The city of Erfurt, Germany was the setting for much of Martin Luther’s emergence as a reformer. Here he began his studies in 1501, and over the years until his last visit to the city Read More →

Accomplished years

Accomplished years 29 WEEKS BEFORE REFORMATION SUNDAY The years between 1517 and 1525 are critical in the shaping of Martin Luther as a reformer. The nailing of the 95 Theses on the chapel door of Wittenberg Castle created a firestorm that soon Read More →

Man and myth

Man and myth 30 WEEKS BEFORE REFORMATION SUNDAY A legend begins that Martin Luther, walking on a clear December night, was so dazzled by the bright stars shining above that he returned and added candles to the unadorned evergreen tree that he, like Read More →

It takes longer than lightening

It takes longer than lightening 31 WEEKS BEFORE REFORMATION SUNDAY Some journeys in life take time. Such could be said was the case with Martin Luther. After his encounter with the thunderstorm, he withdrew from his legal studies and joined the Augustinian monastery. However, historian Read More →