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Oct 31

Reformation Day Resources

2011 | by Trent Hunter | Category: Recommended Resources

Today is October 31, the anniversary of the day when Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the Wittenberg Door and, thus, began what is known as the Protestant Reformation. So, today is Halloween, but it is also Reformation Day.

Around DSC we have a number of posters with the word “sola” in them, which is Latin for “alone.” These “solas” reflect the heart of the Reformation, and, indeed, the gospel of Jesus Christ. Salvation is:

  • Revealed in Scriptures Alone (Sola Scriptura)
  • In Christ Alone (Solus Christus)
  • By Grace Alone (Sola Gratia)
  • Through Faith Alone (Sola Fide)
  • To the Glory of God Alone (Soli Deo Gloria)

With that in mind, here are a few resources to help you learn and share about what happened now almost 500 years ago:

  • Justin Taylor’s interview with Carl Trueman about the 95 Theses.
  • Carl Trueman’s five talks on the subject of the Reformation given during his visit to DSC for Clarus ’05.
  • The 2003 movie, Luther, which is a helpfully accurate portrayal of the story and the times.
  • Douglas Linder and Chris Castaldo have written helpful accounts of Luther’s trial at the Diet of Worms, the trial where Martin Luther refused to recant of his belief in the saving gospel revealed in Scripture. A 27 minute clip from this portion of the movie, Luther, is available here.
  • Max McClean’s audio overview of Luther’s trial, available on YouTube (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3).

Although it’s a little late to order a book or two for Reformation Day, it’s never too late to learn more about the Reformation. Stephen Nichols’ Martin Luther: A Guided Tour of His Life and Thought, is a helpful introduction to Martin Luther. And for kids, there are two books worth picking up: Paul Maier’s Martin Luther: A Man Who Changed the World, and R.C. Sproul’s The Barber Who Wanted to Pray.