Church History: Martin Luther Part 2

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25 Responses

  1. Steve Wright says:

    Excellent. I get chills reading this.

  2. Michael says:

    Thank you, Steve.
    These are woefully small snapshots of a highly complex time…my hope is that folks will be encouraged to study further.

  3. Jean says:

    Awesome post Michael. Chills here too.

  4. LutherFan says:

    The more I read of Luther, the more I’m convinced he would’ve seriously pissed-off a lot of pastors now-a-days! “my conscience is captive to the Word of God” – that STILL doesn’t fly.

  5. Michael says:

    Thank you, Jean. 🙂

  6. CNN was at the Diet of Worms and broadcast Luther’s statement

  7. Babylon's Dread says:

    Some of Luther’s reforms found their way into the church… serving the cup… translating the mass…

    Love the prophetic utterance of Huss… as indeed I do believe in active prophetic gifting

    I wouldn’t call Luther a swan more of a swine with favor… but

    I read some histories now challenge the wording of the famous response…

    I will always love Luther and in some ways we are all Lutherans, of course he hated the use of his name.

  8. Jean says:

    In looking at photographs of the Luther Bible, it has a number of illustrations, including a beautiful color illustration of Luther’s interpretation of the universe from Genesis 1. I’ve always assumed Luther himself illustrated his Bible. If so, then he was also a decent artist.

  9. PP Vet says:

    Very nice summary of the era. Have enjoyed this church history series.

  10. Babs,
    “I read some histories now challenge the wording of the famous response… ”

    Don’t be too concerned – I read histories that challenge the Holocaust as a real event. Professors need to publish – it doesn’t matter what.

    Aren’t all of God’s people swine? Look at Ezekiel, running around naked and doing the BBQ over fire lit dung. 🙂 and he got to write a Bible book.

  11. Babylon's Dread says:

    I certainly am a pig with a ribbon. Just remember everyone’s favorite food is bacon. 😉 Like I said I love Luther. He was a great apostle.

  12. covered says:

    Excellent! How can you not love a man who stands on his convictions? Whether we agree or disagree, he was used by God.

  13. Babylon's Dread says:

    I want MLD to weigh in on the best bits of Luther and his history as well.

    I also want to know if MLD thinks Luther would be pleased with the Lutheran church today. I will say with that expression of the Missouri Synod.

  14. brian says:

    Again I could be wrong I am not a Lutheran scholar or historian. I was wondering about the interaction between the Luther, Frederick III of Saxony / other princes of Germany and the Peasant revolt. I am looking at several links but there seems to be alot of agendas either trying to make Luther look like a nut, Rebel I E Catholic Answers, and the Luther walked on water.

  15. Michael says:


    I’ll be covering that after the next installment.
    In my opinion , it was one of Luther’s lowest moments.

  16. brian says:

    I am trying not to go down the Rhetorical road. If that makes sense thanks.

  17. brian says:

    Michael if I had my thoughts translated to the masses like Luther did I could have said some rather nasty things. I dont know, we do the best we can with what we have. I am just tired of me blaming the church for all the woes of the world and I want to find a more balanced approach. Its to easy to hate.

  18. Michael says:


    I find myself at a crossroads with the church myself.
    The last week or two it’s been very difficult to maintain the blog without losing my mind…so I just stay off of it.
    I find it safer to stay in the 16th century and out of American evangelicalism…

  19. Just got home as I chaired my first board meeting this evening. Spent part of the afternoon meeting with the office & school staffs to listen to their concerns. Met with the pastors to discuss expectations and then took on the board. I spent the past 2 yrs as VP just waiting for this moment. 😉

  20. Babs,
    “I also want to know if MLD thinks Luther would be pleased with the Lutheran church today. I will say with that expression of the Missouri Synod.”

    I think Luther would be elated with our schools (pre school to seminary), I think he would be most pleased with our publishing houses and absolutely blown away by our world care and missions programs.

    The church services themselves? I don’t know – we are quite culturally different and too many of the Lutheran churches are CC wannabees as far style.But you know what – if preaching Jesus Christ and him crucified every week would make Luther happy, perhaps he would be … but we probably don’t drink enough or cuss enough – so he might be disappointed.

    We still teach his catechism.

  21. brian says:

    ” absolutely blown away by our world care and missions programs.”

    MLD you need to stop posting things I agree with 🙂

    I think he would have been blown away with space exploration, biology, geology etc. I think Luther would have stood outside of TBN and written some rather unique expletives to those folks. I actually think he wold have been in the trenches with the wounded, and Driscoll and his ilk’s hair style would fade away. 🙂

  22. Steve Wright says:

    I second that post #16 by Lutheran as to that movie reference. It was excellent.

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