500 Years of the Reformation

Today marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.  It is the day that Martin Luther took his 95 Theses and nailed them to the door of Wittenburg Chapel. It really did change the course of Christian history.  Martin Luther never intended to split the church – he did however want to reform the abuses that were happening within the church and that he did.

On this Reformation Day, I thought I would share some links, especially those from a Wesleyan perspective – on Reformation Day.  But before I do that, I want to share the Nicene Creed.  It it what Christ-followers around the world hold to be their core beliefs:

We believe in one God,
      the Father almighty,
      maker of heaven and earth,
      of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
      the only Son of God,
      begotten from the Father before all ages,
           God from God,
           Light from Light,
           true God from true God,
      begotten, not made;
      of the same essence as the Father.
      Through him all things were made.
      For us and for our salvation
           he came down from heaven;
           he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary,
           and was made human.
           He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate;
           he suffered and was buried.
           The third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures.
           He ascended to heaven
           and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
           He will come again with glory
           to judge the living and the dead.
           His kingdom will never end.

And we believe in the Holy Spirit,
      the Lord, the giver of life.
      He proceeds from the Father and the Son,
      and with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified.
      He spoke through the prophets.
      We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.
      We affirm one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
      We look forward to the resurrection of the dead,
      and to life in the world to come. Amen.

There are several videos available at Seedbed.com’s Seven Minute Seminary.  But I did want to embed this one in the blog. Here is the link to the rest:

Indiana Wesleyan professor Ken Schenck posted 95 Theses For The Church Today

As I close, I want to share Martin Luther’s famous quote from the Diet of Worms “Here I Stand.”

“Unless I am convicted by Scripture and plain reason (I do not accept the authority of popes and councils because they have contradicted each other), my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. So help me God. Amen.”

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