This month commemorates the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. While what is referred to as the Reformation happened over the course of 100+ years (1517-1648), the date being celebrated marks 500 years since the then unknown monk, Martin Luther, nailed the Ninety-Five Theses against the door of the All Saints’ Church in the small town of Wittenberg, Germany. At the time, Luther simply hoped to raise his complaints in order to debate and correct the issues with other scholars (which is why he had written them in Latin). But within a few months, Luther’s words had been translated into German and distributed throughout Europe, eventually reaching the hands of Pope Leo X. Although Luther could have never envisioned this, his words would change the landscape of Europe and have an effect on the church that can still be felt to this day.
For the month of October, Desiring God is releasing an episode a day on their Reformation-themed podcast, Here We Stand. Each episode is about 6-8 minutes long and gives a short but insightful overview on the life of a historical figure that helped to shape and influence the Reformation. You will hear about John Wycliffe, the Morning Star of the Reformation, and John Hus, who reportedly said at the time of his execution, “You can cook this goose [Hus was Czech for goose] but within a century a swan shall arise who will prevail.” That swan would turn out to be Martin Luther, who will show up in a later episode along with the likes of guys like John Calvin and Huldrych Zwingli.
This podcast is a great and easy way to learn more about the significance of the Reformation and to grow in your understanding of what it means when we say we are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. The stories told in this podcast are about people who were willing to lay down their lives for the fidelity of the gospel and hearing about them should give us joy and encouragement in our walk with the Lord.
If 6-8 minutes of Reformation-era stories leaves you looking for more, another great resource is the book Rescuing the Gospel: The Story and Significance of the Reformation by Erwin Lutzer. This is an easy read because Lutzer writes in an entertaining and conversational tone that makes the story of the Reformers come alive. It also helps that the chapters are short and there are pictures!
Also, while we are on the subject of podcasts, here are a few more that some of the pastors here at ECBC regularly listen to. Enjoy!
The Briefing - Al Mohler’s The Briefing is a daily analysis of news and events from the Christian worldview. Each episode is just under 20 minutes and will keep you up to speed with the ever-changing news cycle.
The Gospel Coalition - TGC is a fellowship of evangelical churches deeply committed to renewing our faith in the gospel of Christ and to reforming our ministry practices to conform fully to the Scriptures. Episodes cover a variety of topics (theology, parenting, cultural issues) and are presented in a variety of formats (i.e. interviews, sermons, panel discussions).
Pass the Mic - Pass the Mic is the premier podcast of the Reformed African American Network. Each week consists of engaging discussions and interviews that are beneficial in thinking through issues of race, culture, and biblical worldview.
ERLC - The ERLC (Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission) podcast provides insights into the moral, cultural, and ethical issues of our day. Episodes usually feature informed and relevant guests covering topics like abortion, marriage, and politics.
ECBC Sermons - If you ever miss a Sunday or would like to go back and review one of our church’s sermons, here’s the place to do it!