Category: History of the Reformation

June 25, 2018

Celebrating the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession

Today, June 25th, is the anniversary of the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession. While Luther’s posting of the 95 Theses on October 31, 1517 was the spark that ignited the Reformation, it wasn’t until the presentation of the Augsburg Confession on June 25, 1530 that…

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April 25, 2018

History of the Reformation: The Heidelberg Disputation

by Mathew Block On April 25, 1518, about half a year following the publication of The 95 Theses, Martin Luther presented at a debate during a meeting of the Augustinian order in Heidelberg, Germany. Here Luther moved away from the question of indulgences into deeper…

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February 8, 2018

A Reformation unleashed

by John Stephenson The closing words of President Teuscher’s acceptance speech at last October’s synodical convention caught my attention at the time and have retained it since: “And may the Lord have mercy on our poor little Lutheran Church–Canada!” In the world of public relations,…

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January 3, 2018

History of the Reformation: Lutheranism After Luther

by Mathew Block The publication of the Augsburg Confession in 1530 may have solidified the Lutheran tradition, but the troubles for the Reformation did not end there. War seemed inevitable. Emperor Charles V had already tried diplomatic means at Augsburg to force the Lutheran princes…

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October 31, 2017

History of the Reformation: The Augsburg Confession

by Mathew Block Reformation commemorations are often tied to October 31, the date when tradition states Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses to that church door in Wittenberg. But in many ways, a better case could be made for celebrating it on June 25, the…

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September 18, 2017

History of the Reformation: The Translation of the Bible

by Mathew Block As far as Martin Luther was concerned, the Wartburg castle was more a prison than anything else. He had been spirited away to this place in May 1521 following his appearance at the Diet of Worms. This was a subterfuge of Frederick…

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July 19, 2017

History of the Reformation: The Diet of Worms

by Mathew Block For Martin Luther, the road seemed destined to lead to martyrdom. He had been summoned to appear before the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V at the Imperial Diet of Worms to answer allegations of heresy. And so he left for Worms on…

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May 9, 2017

History of the Reformation: The Excommunication of Luther

by Mathew Block What began in 1517 as a theological argument over the nature of indulgences quickly kindled to far greater flame. By July 1519, Luther was publicly denying at the Leipzig Debate that the pope (or councils, for that matter) had authority to create…

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February 28, 2017

History of the Reformation: The 95 Theses

by Mathew Block The day was July 6, 1415. The place was Constance, an imperial city in southern Germany. The Czech theologian Jan Huss had arrived here in early November to face charges of heresy. Despite the promise of safe conduct, he had been imprisoned…

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