It’s been 500 years since the German monk Martin Luther fixed his famous 95 theses to the castle church door in Wittenberg, Germany, inadvertently sparking the Protestant Reformation. It’s a good story, full of princes and protests, popes and kings kidnappings and forbidden marriages. But few know the story today. Even fewer knows why the story matters. In 21st century America, we few denominational differences with an eye roll. Arcane theological debates don’t inspire many. Today, we’re looking for ways for churches to unite. HERE I STAND will remind Christians of the story of the Reformation, but it will also make the case for why the Reformation matters. The Reformers’ ideas shook the medieval world, and they just might shakes ours too.
We hope you’ll join us for this interactive, FREE seminar. Bring your questions and we’ll bring the snacks. There’ll be quizzes and prizes, too. The series will run starting July 14, and then continue every Thursday-Sunday evening at 7:00p at the Mason City Seventh-day Adventist Church.
From our Speaker:
I wanted to invite you to a free, public seminar in honor of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation called “Here I Stand.” This short seminar will accomplish two goals: First, to retell the story of the Reformation. Second, to make a case for why the Reformation matters today.
For the sake of time, I’m focusing on the early Reformation: Luther, Zwingli, and the “radicals.” We’ll trace their ideas down to our day to show how they impact our world. Here’s a small sampling of the crazy breadth of topics we’re going to pack into this seminar: The Black Death, the discovery of the “New World”, technology, the Peasant rebellion of 1525, the Roman Emperor Constantine, science, art, and the Enlightenment. You’re not going to want to miss a single night!
I know you’re wondering, so let me make this part clear: the goal of this seminar is to educate (albeit from a Protestant perspective) not to ignite hostility between churches. No one who attends this seminar will feel that there church is being “bashed.” I want people to walk away feeling like they understand a little better the grand Christian story that they’re a part of, and to realize how important their beliefs are. (One night, we’ll even talk about how ideas in the Reformation lead to the founding of America and the ethics of Martin Luther King!) So I want you to feel that this event is safe for you and your church.
Here’s how each night will go: No offerings will be taken. Participants will have a study guide and other seminar-related resources (timelines, maps, etc.). There will be snacks, child care (all our child care leaders have undergone background checks), quizzes, prizes, and nightly discussion groups. We want to make it fun as well as informative. If you have any more questions, please write me at email@example.com.
Grace and Peace,
Matthew Lucio, pastor
Seventh-day Adventist Church, Mason City