It was on this day in 1517 that Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses on the door at Wittenburg. The Church would never be the same again. Not that change hadn’t already been happening and that more change would not continue, but Luther’s actions that day were a watershed event.
About every 500 years, the Church goes through change and upheaval as old and new collide and the Holy Spirit finds fresh ways to work in the world. Phyllis Tickle may be one of the frequently read sources for this way of thinking (The Great Emergence: How Christianity is Changing and Why). On this Reformation Day, we can remember Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century, but we can also look ahead to reformation going on in our midst int he 21st century.
Here are a couple of other books worth reading on this Reformation Day:
- A New Kind of Christianity: Ten Questions Transforming the Faith by Brian McLaren
- The Future of Faith by Harvey Cox