The new year will mark some important anniversaries. The biggest will be the 500th anniversary of Luther’s posting of the 95 theses and thus the beginning of the Reformation. The significance of that event–not just for theology but for culture, education, socio-economic change, and the overall history of Western civilization–will be intensely debated, especially as October 31 approaches.
Was the Reformation a good thing or a bad thing? A high point of Christianity or the beginning of its decline? A recovery of ancient Biblical truth or the beginning of the modern era? We Lutherans have a special stake in all of this, of course, and we should use this attention as an opportunity to make our message–namely, the Gospel–clear.
After the jump, consider some other important anniversaries in 2017. [Read more…]