Modern, American Christians are woefully ignorant of their Church history. I should know – I’m one of them. For example, I didn’t know until I was in college (or I don’t remember knowing) that October 31 is not merely Halloween, but far more importantly it is known as Reformation Day, commemorating the day that Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses on the door of Wittenburg Castle on October 31, 1517, and sparked the Protestant Reformation. I’d be curious to know, and maybe even disheartened, how many Protestant churches will meet on this day – Sunday – and not even mention this key moment in their history and heritage, but oddly enough will talk at length about Halloween. (Incredibly, a few years ago I had a friend in a Baptist church tell me that he wasn’t a Protestant because he had never been a Catholic!)
Well, there are many resources on the web now where we can learn about Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation, but there’s one in particular that I’ll point out. At the 1996 Bethlehem Conference for Pastors John Piper gave a presentation on Martin Luther called Martin Luther: Lessons from His Life and Labor, and you can read his text and listen to his message by following that link.
(Regarding Halloween and Christianity, I wrote this post last year at about this same time.)