Reformation
October 2016

Click the graphic to access this excellent website about the Lutheran Reformation. Filled with fascinating content and relevant info, we hope you enjoy learning about our Lutheran heritage.
 
PASTOR'S MESSAGE
Dear Friends in Christ,

In one year , Lutherans worldwide will celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.  On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed Ninety-Five Theses to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany.  The Reformation brought great change to the Church and nations through the power of the Gospel.
 
The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod "Reformation 2017" logo includes Martin Luther's seal, a red heart in the middle of a rose with the cross in the center.
 
Explaining the seal Luther wrote, The heart in the middle of white rose shows that faith gives joy, comfort, and peace. It immediately sets [the believer] into the midst of a white, joyful rose, not like the peace and joy the world offers. That is why the rose should be white, not red. White is the color of the spirits and all angels."
 
Jesus Christ, crucified and resurrected is the center and rock of our faith.  Jesus is the Word made flesh, He is both God and man.  He came to earth to save us from our sin and give us the gift of life.  The "still" in the logo bears witness that the message of God's love in Christ Jesus is still bearing witness in the world and his message of truth is just as relevant for our day as for it was over the centuries.  For Jesus still saving sinners.

Pastor James Kroonblawd
MARTIN LUTHER'S WORDS
"A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all,
subject to none.
A Christian is a perfectly dutiful servant of all,
subject to all."
[Martin Luther, Freedom of a Christian (1520), LW 31:344]
IT'S A GREAT TIME TO CONFESS JESUS!



Even though it is still a full year away, the Church is beginning to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.

Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, invites you to join in the celebration and the confession of salvation through Jesus Christ alone. Because even 500 years after the Reformation, it's still all about Jesus.   

MINNEAPOLIS INSTITUTE OF ART FEATURES LUTHER



Exhibition Overview
Oct 30, 2016 through January 15, 2017
Five hundred years ago, one man took a stand that shook Europe and changed the world. Now you can see the story of Martin Luther and the Reformation brought to life through astonishing artworks and historical objects, traveling outside Germany for the first time ever. Luther used art and the newly invented printing press to challenge Europe's leaders and spread a revolution of religious, cultural, and societal change. This exhibition includes paintings, sculpture, gold, textiles, and works on paper-as well as Luther's personal possessions and recent archaeological finds-that shed new light on an explosive era and the man who ignited it.

MAPS OF THE REFORMATION


 
Get acquainted with the Wittenberg and Europe that Luther experienced! Learn about Wittenberg's important landmarks and the geography of Luther's time, and discover how they might have affected the Reformation.  




A REFORMATION TIMELINE
 

Stroll through Luther's time and learn about the main events that started the Reformation. Discover a rich timeline of people, places, and events!   Click for timeline
FACES OF THE REFORMATION



Explore the past through the people who lived it! In the months leading to the 500th Anniversary to the Reformation, you will meet 25 men and women passionate about the Reformation re-discovery of the Gospel-either for or against it.  Each person is an unforgettable face of the Reformation era.

click to meet Katharina von Bora
click to meet Philipp Malanchthon
click to meet Knight George--alias for Luther while in exile
click to meet Martin Luther
C.F.W. WALTHER'S READING LIST FOR THE WORKS OF MARTIN LUTHER
 
Behind each word in Martin Luther's collection of writings was the heart of a pastor and the soul of a man who sought comfort in Christ's peace and forgiveness above all else. As he wrestled with matters of faith in preaching, studying, defending, and reflecting on Scripture, Luther created a treasure chest for Christians in years to come.   Read more

Walther's reading list
GERMANY TOUR!  MAY 1-11,2017


 
Embark on a magnificent theological and historical tour of Germany and Austria in the very year of the Reformation's 500th anniversary. This 11-day whirlwind trip, called In the Steps of Martin Luther, features milestone moments in the great reformer's life-from his baptism in Eisleben and ordination at St. Mary's Cathedral in Erfurt to his Wittenberg Castle hideaway.  More about the tour
TEACHING TOOLS
 
As the Reformation nears, more resources will be provided to help show what the Reformation meant for the Church.   Check out this video featuring Lost and Found!
EDITOR'S NOTE

TLO Disciple, with a topical study in each issue, is distributed primarily via email on the first of every month.  Print copies are available by contacting the TLO Church office at  651-454-7235 or the  Church Office via email.
 
Calendars, volunteer information, serving groups and the like will accompany the TLO Together, on the last Wednesday of the month. Click here for September 28 issue .  This publication is also mailed upon request.
 
Soli Deo gloria



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