Reformation Day

Like almost every other blogger, today I’m writing about a holiday. But it’s not Halloween. Today is Reformation Day in five German states, including mine. According to his friend Philipp Melanchthon, October 31st 1517 was the day that Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the church at Wittenberg, not far from where I live. Reformation Day was first brought to my attention when I noticed these strange and beautiful new cakes in the window of every bakery. Apparently the four little diamonds represent the bishop’s hat. Are they a cousin of the Hot Cross Bun?

Luther didn’t intend his handyman job to directly challenge the Pope’s authority. At that early stage he was mainly interested in debate and the church door was something of a 16th century blog space. His actions would change the course of history. But waiting in a queue that lead out the bakery door today, I wondered how many of my fellow queuers had considered the message contained in his ninety-five blog posts. As one reads through them it’s hard to miss the wrenching desire for truth to triumph over power. Luther had been reading his bible, he knew where God’s forgiveness could alone be found. Not in the Pope’s pardon, bought for money which went to Rome, but only in the cross of Jesus Christ. Five hundred years later it’s no less true for us.

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2 Responses to “Reformation Day”


  1. 1 Margreet October 31, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Beautiful.

  2. 2 Chris November 1, 2011 at 7:48 am

    He nailed it! 🙂


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