Here We Stand – Resources for Reformation 500 Month

Some popular ministries are doing  some profitable things this month in connection with the 500th anniversary of the Great Reformation this year (1517-2017).

Desiring God, for example, is doing a daily podcast on various Reformers, calling it a “31-day journey with the heroes of the Reformation” (cf. link below after the quotation). Today’s was on “the Goosefather: Jan Hus.” Here’s an excerpt from the print edition:

Hus lived in a time when immorality infected the priesthood of the Catholic Church. He soon began preaching “violent sermons” against the rampant iniquity of the clergy until they reported him to the archbishop and had him banned from preaching. As Hus read Scripture and watched the popes of his day abuse their power, he concluded that papal authority was not ultimate. He needed a sturdier foundation than was built from the straw and sticks of men’s opinion — no matter how highly regarded those men were. He built his life and ministry on the word of God.

His views about Scripture’s ultimate authority were set ablaze as he began to read the condemned works of John Wycliffe. Wycliffe found a loyal disciple in Hus. Hus defended his works with such tenacity that one historian called Hus “Wycliffe’s bulldog” (The Unquenchable Flame, 30). He staunchly argued against indulgences, advocated for both the bread and the wine to be served in communion, and preached in the common language (as opposed to the untranslated Latin of the day).

Although still in agreement with the Catholic Church on matters such as the Mass, his allegiance to the teachings of Wycliffe got him excommunicated, tried for heresy, and burned alive.

Source: Here We Stand

Ligonier Ministries is also doing a series of podcasts, led by Dr. Steven Lawson, and called “31 Days with Luther.” Here’s a description of the series, as well as the 31 topics that are treated:

This Reformation month culminates in the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his Ninety-Five Theses at the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. To celebrate the anniversary, 5 Minutes in Church History is releasing a new episode, recorded on location throughout Europe, every day in October. Over 31 episodes, Dr. Stephen Nichols will explore the life, thought, and legacy of Luther, and will conclude with an examination of the document that started it all, Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses. Subscribe in iTunes, visit 5MinutesInChurchHistory.com, listen every day on RefNet at 10:55am, or search for “5 Minutes in Church History” wherever you listen to your podcasts.

Reformation Month Episodes
  • 31 Days with Luther
  • November 10, 1483
  • 5 Things at Erfurt
  • The Goose & the Swan
  • The Gates of Paradise
  • Luther & Bach
  • 2 Princes
  • A Tale of 2 Churches
  • Heidelberg
  • Worms
  • Junker Jorg
  • The Wittenberg 5
  • Melanchthon
  • Luther & Germany Today
  • 2 Kinds of Righteousness
  • 3 Treatises
  • Catechism
  • Hymns
  • Tabletalk
  • Bondage of the Will
  • Luther on Psalm 118
  • Luther & the Bible
  • Martin & Katie
  • January 1546
  • Last 4 Sermons
  • February 18, 1546
  • Legacy of Luther
  • R.C. Sproul & Luther
  • Repent
  • The 95 Theses (Part 1)
  • The 95 Theses (Part 2)