(EMA) 2017 and Luther
It will not have escaped your notice that next year is the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther and the church notice board incident. It’s worth celebrating in your church. There seem to be fewer Christians who know very much about it. Of course, Luther can be a stumbling block for some because of his view on the Jews: I found Carl Trueman’s church history lecture on this subject very helpful (it’s available through iTunes podcasts here). Notwithstanding this difficulty, we should surely be celebrating the birth of the Reformation.
For those who know nothing about it, I found the Hollywood makeover of Luther quite compelling. Joseph Fiennes is pretty good (especially as tortured Luther) and, whilst there would be some other things you’d want to say, it’s a solid starting point. Why not plan for a cinema showing in your church as part of your evangelism next year. Popcorn, pop and the 95 theses. What’s not to like? [Clare Cox is a bit too good looking to play Katharina, by all accounts].
Or, come and hear Garry Williams at next year’s EMA. He’s taking a one off session on Luther which, knowing Garry, will be typically stirring and provocative all at the same time. We’ve opened the bookings specially!