Who wants to go to Germany in 2017?

In 2017, two years from now, we will be marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, occasioned by Martin Luther posting his 95 Theses.  There will be lots of festivities, especially at the Luther sites in Germany.  Those look to include performances of the opera and play about Katie Luther, the Reformer’s wife, which was commissioned and is performed by friend-of-this-blog Lori Lewis.

She has proposed a symbolic Katherine von Bora/Lucas Cranach reunion tour (the artist being the one who took her in after she escaped from the convent and who arranged her marriage with his friend Martin).  That is to say, she is proposing that the Cranach blog would join with her friends of Katie network to sponsor a trip to Germany in 2017, seeing all of the Luther sites, taking in a Katie performance, and doing other fun and inspiring things along the way.  She and I would lead the group, making use also of local guides, and a great time will be had by all.

Through the years of this blog, a number of you readers and commenters have expressed the wish to meet each other in person, rather than just virtually.  This could be that opportunity.  And what a way to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation! [Read more...]

The all-Lutheran music channel

The multi-talented Lori Lewis has launched an internet radio channel devoted to Lutheran music.  That is to say, to 16th and 17th century sacred music with lots of hymns, chorales, and Bach.  The channel is called Wittenberg Nightingale, after an epithet for Luther from the poet Hans Sachs, and is a spinoff of Lori’s Katie Luther project, the opera about Luther’s wife. [Read more...]

Blaming the Reformation

I’ve been reading various cultural critiques of the mess we’ve gotten ourselves into, and several put the blame on the Reformation.  The Reformation gave us radical individualism!  The Reformation gave us the notion that truth is whatever we interpret it to be!  The Reformation drained the physical world of its spiritual significance!  The Reformation drained the social world of its spiritual significance!  The Reformation shattered the Church!  The Reformation shattered Christendom!

Luther gets blamed for all of this, even though most of the critics assume that he believed the same things that Calvin did and so confuse the two.  Scholars who know better than that still often differ in the way they portray Luther.  Some present him as the first modern man. Others, more recently, present him more as the last medieval man. [Read more...]

Luther rap

For Reformation week. . .

Bondage vs. Freedom

Our pastor said that each one of us is a “filthy, rotten, putrid, maggot-infested cesspool of a sinner.”  But he meant it in a nice way.   See his Reformation Sunday sermon, drawn from John 8:31-36, on the bondage of sin and the freedom that Christ gives.  Excerpt after the jump. [Read more...]

I’m interviewed for Reformation Week at Issues, Etc.

It’s Reformation Week at Issues, Etc., the syndicated radio program that you can hear online both live and on demand.  I’ll be interviewed today  5:00-6:00 p.m. ET on the Reformation on the Visual Arts.  Other topics this week will be the Reformation and Education, the Reformation and Government, the Reformation and Music, and the Reformation on Science.  See the week’s lineup after the jump.

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