Reformation: Do I Really Need to Keep Rehashing The Same Old Thing?

by Michael T. Graham Jr. – Oct 28



As we approach October 31st and the 499th year since Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle church, one is compelled to ask, is it still important to continue to rehearse this event in Church History?  The short answer to this, is yes.  Why, you may ask, because the Reformation was an outgrowth of a renewed commitment to the Word of God and its priority.  Therefore, no amount of time can erase the need to remember these commitments. However, the question now becomes, how can we continue to foster these commitments?  The answer to this is by reading good theological books.  In fact, Ivan Mesa, an editor for the Gospel Coalition, in a helpful article entitled, “Reading the Reformation: 5 Top Books,” argues that the Reformation would not have happened apart from books.  In this article he suggest five books that are essential Reformation reading:

Scott Hendrix’s Martin Luther: Visionary Reformer

Timothy George’s Theology of the Reformers

Stephen Nichols’ The Reformation: How a Monk and Mallet Changed the World

Michael Reeves’ The Unquenchable Flame

Martin Luther’s Luther’s Works, Volume 31: Career of the Reformer I.