Topic: Reformation


Bishop Ussher

December 28, 2016
Bishop James Ussher came from a very long line in Ireland. If you go way back in his family line, you will find that his ancestor was named Ussher because of his occupation—he was usher to the king. When James had come of age, he was ready to go off to college. He was sent to

500th Anniversary of 1516

December 14, 2016
The year 2017 marks the five-hundredth anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation, when Martin Luther posted his Ninety-Five Theses on October 31, 1517. But before 2016 ends, it is worthwhile to talk about the five-hundredth anniversary of 1516. That year set the stage for the start of the Reformation. We can look at three

Thesis #37

November 30, 2016
Martin Luther's Ninety-Five Theses are well known as the spark of the Protestant Reformation. Luther drew on a mountain of scholarship in drafting the theses, and in one thesis in particular, there is a phrase that has a fascinating history. In thesis 37, Luther is engaging letters of pardon. These, of course, are the indulgences

Fort Caroline

November 2, 2016
Here's a bit of a trick question for you: Where was the first Thanksgiving on American soil? You might be tempted to think of New England—after all, Thanksgiving traditions all point us back to New England—but you actually might be wrong. The first Thanksgiving service, or Thanksgiving day, likely occurred on June 30, 1564, at
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