Reformation maps: Wittenberg and Europe

Get acquainted with the Wittenberg and Europe that Luther experienced! Learn about Wittenberg’s important landmarks and the geography of Luther’s time, and discover how they might have affected the Reformation.

Saints’ Days in the Lutheran Tradition

Most people know that St. Valentine’s Day is on February 14 and St. Patrick’s Day is on March 17.  But do you know what the date is for St. Matthew’s Day?  Or St. Joseph’s Day?

The Augsburg Interim

Shortly after the death of Luther in 1546, Pope Paul the III entered into an agreement with the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles the V. This agreement stipulated that Charles would go to war against everyone who opposed the Council of Trent. The main target of this agreement was the Smalkaldic League, a group of German princes who supported Luther’s Reformation.

Luther’s Good Friday Sermon

In this sermon, Luther determined to set the record straight concerning man’s contemplation of Christ’s sufferings.

Indulgences Then and Now

The events of October 31st 1517, the day that Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the church door in Wittenberg, were not set in motion by a man’s ambitious vision to revolutionize the spirituality of the west. Nor were they set in motion by Luther’s iconoclastic vainglory that sought to topple the ancient powers of tradition and the papacy. Rather, Luther swung his hammer as a pastor. He cared for the eternal welfare of his flock.

The Luther Seal: Summary of the Gospel

The most enduring symbol of the Lutheran Reformation is the seal that Luther himself designed to represent his theology. By the early 1520s, this seal begins to appear on the title page of Luther’s works.

Reformation Hymn: “Though All Our Life Is Like a Scroll”

The beautiful hymn, winner of our Reformation Hymn competition, truly embodies the Reformation 2017 theme “It’s Still All About Jesus.” Author Rev. Dr. Wilfred L. Karsten made special use of the word “still” throughout his five-verse hymn text.

Reformation Rock Video

Teach Reformation history with a catchy tune that helps the facts stick in students’ minds! With Reformation Rock, students learn the entire story of the Reformation.

The Death of Luther
König, Gustav Ferdinand Leopold. 1900. The life of Luther in forty-eight historical engravings. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

The Death of Luther

Martin Luther died at 3:00 AM on February 18, 1546. Contrary to the expectations of Luther and many of his colleagues, he did not die in Wittenberg, the location of many of his greatest accomplishments.