October 31st, 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of Reformation Day. Fun, right? Check out my young adult novel on Martin Luther, When Lightning Struck!: The Story of Martin Luther. You can download a family discussion guide and a teen Martin Luther unit study over at the book page. You can also preview portions of the book by hitting the “Preview” button in the graphic below.
Martin Luther, the Father of the Reformation, wrote the hymn A Mighty Fortress is Our God while his little town of Wittenberg, Germany was ravaged by the plague. Martin fell ill and recovered before his pregnant wife Katie contracted the disease. Their little girl Elizabeth was born, but died before her first birthday. I think of the pain the Luthers must have suffered, and yet they celebrated the truth that God is our mighty fortress–no matter what we suffer in this life.
Hey! There’s a great giveaway in this post! Check it out a little further down!
When Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church, there was widespread corruption in the Church. But the 95 Theses were a response to a doctrinal teaching–the sale of plenary indulgences, which promised the complete forgiveness of sins in exchange for money. It was the sale of the merit of Christ, a way to buy Jesus’ atonement.
The Reform that began with Martin Luther spread like wildfire across Europe. Theologians and Church officials had been calling for reform for centuries, and they lost no time fighting for true biblical teachings….. [Read more…]
Though there had been earnest attempts to reform the Roman Catholic Church prior to Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses, his document listing objections to the practice of selling plenary indulgences–a certificate claiming to absolve the purchaser’s sins–kicked off the Protestant Reformation. That earned Martin Luther the title Father of the Reformation.
There’s a free set of Reformation Biographical Cards in this post for you.…. [Read more…]
Through all that stress and instability, my parents both did something I really valued–they spent time with us, out and about, doing things. Not only that, they spent time with us in the house doing things together. We made a lot of memories and those family activities helped shape who I am today.
When my husband and I married, it was important to me that we continue making memories with our family. We’ve worked hard to connect with our kids through screen free activities. Now that two of our children have grown, and the other two are looking decidedly like men (and shaving!), I am so grateful we’ve spent time together free from technology for at least a little while….. [Read more…]