The Reformation

October 26, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Posted in homeschool | Leave a comment

Martin Luther display at AIG's Creation Museum

On October 31st 1517 a little known German monk named Martin Luther nailed 95 thesis to a church door in Wittenburg, Germany.  His thesis, which called for reform in the catholic church, were translated and reprinted.  Luther’s document quickly spread among the common people in a time when the Bible was only accessible to a select few in the church.  The Reformation that followed had a tremendous effect on the world.  Even today, we reap the benefits of Reformation.  The Bible was translated into the language of the people, and is easily accessible.  Our country was founded on principles of religious freedom – freedom from a state controlled religion.

The church in America is in serious need of reformation.  Like the catholic church that Luther knew, the mainstream church in America is preaching a counterfeit gospel.  But unlike the people living during the Reformation, we have the Scriptures readily available in our native language.  We also have the legacy and writings of brilliant, godly men available to us.  And the internet allows sound teaching to be spread in a way that wasn’t conceivable 500 years ago.

The Reformation is something worth celebrating.  Here are some ideas that I gathered to use in our home:

  • Eat a German meal – [here] are the recipes I fixed last year.  We love trying new foods so it will be something different this year.
  • Color a picture of Luther
  • Print off a copy of the 95 thesis and hang it on your front door
  • Copy out a Bible verse onto parchment paper with an ‘illuminated’ (decorated) first letter like the monks used to do.  [This link] has a neat lesson about the process of making a book with illuminated illustrations.
  • Try your hand at book binding like the monks did
  • Monks apparently had large gardens, and were pretty knowledgeable of medicinal herbs.  If you don’t have a garden you could sprout beans for a quick project.
  • Watch the old Martin Luther DVD (the new one is great, but may be too intense for kids.)
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