Resources will be added to this post until October 31st. The most recent addition was 9/15/2017. The date of a new entry will be in [ ] at its end. Posts by this site’s author relative to the Reformation in general and its quincentennial in particular are available via the page, “Reformation 500th Anniversary.” My decision not to use “Rev.” or “Dr.” with each person named below intends no disrespect. I think reading the entries is easier without a rollercoaster of “Rev.” and “Dr.” abbreviations. All teachers mentioned, as far as I know, are either reverends, doctors, or both.
October 27-28, The Power of the Gospel, Deploying the Ordinary Means of Grace in the 21st Century Church will be held in Greer, South Carolina. The speaker is Pastor Terry L. Johnson of Independent Presbyterian Church, Savannah, Georgia. One of the key areas addressed by the Reformation is the way God brings grace to his people. In Catholicism, the priest administers grace by extraordinary means (sacerdotalism) through the seven sacraments, which can be seen, for example, in the Mass. When the priest consecrates the bread and wine they become the body and blood of Christ. But the Reformation contended that grace comes through ordinary means as the Holy Spirit works through Scripture, the two sacraments, and prayer. If you would like to learn more about the ordinary means of grace and its importance for today, follow the link to the page for the conference on the website of Fellowship Presbyterian Church. The senior minister of Fellowship Presbyterian Church is Pastor Marty Martin and visitors are always welcome.
Reformation Art (reformationart.com) says that its purpose is to “acquire and make available art that is of interest to the Presbyterian and Reformed community.” The website sells reprints of various portraits, scenes, buildings, and documents in formats including bookmarks, prints in multiple sizes, and posters. In the case of Martin Luther, there are several portraits and what appears to be a series on Luther’s life reproduced from woodcuts or engravings. The materials available are categorized according to political boundaries including America, England, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Scotland, Bohemia/Czech, France, and Italy. Free wallpaper images for computer screens are also available. For those interested in the Westminster Standards and their history, Reformation Art sells a lovely 24 x 36 enhanced print of the John Rogers Herbert (1810-1890) painting of the Westminster Assembly.
October 6-8, The Reformation of Apologetics. Reformed Forum (reformedforum.org) is holding this conference in Hope Presbyterian Church, Grayslake, Illinois. Reformed Forum’s ministry is primarily producing audio discussions for online, but annual conferences were added a few years ago. The speakers this year include K. Scott Oliphint, Lane G. Tipton, and two of Reformed Forum’s pastor-teacher personnel, Camden Bucey and Jeffrey Waddington. The gathering is celebrating dual anniversaries—the 500th of the Reformation and the 30th of apologist Cornelius Van Til’s death, thus the title The Reformation of Apologetics.
The Next 500 Years: 2017 National Conference was held March 9-11 of this year by Ligonier Ministries. The speakers included– Alistair Begg, Tim Challies, Leonardo De Chirico, Sinclair Ferguson, W. Robert Godfrey, Michael Horton, Steven Lawson, Augustus Lopes, John MacArthur, Albert Mohler, Stephen Nichols, Michael Reeves, Derek Thomas, Stephen Tong, and R. C. Sproul. Categories presented include, “After Darkness, Light,” “Semper Reformanda,” “The Priority of Worship,” and “Questions and Answers.” Ligonier has video of the sessions available for on site viewing along with transcripts of the lectures. Also, on the eve of Reformation Day, October 30, a one day Reformation 500 Celebration is being held in Sanford, Florida. [9/15/2017]
Martin Luther’s Theses, 1517, are available from the Berlin State Library Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation. A very nice digital image of a 1517 Latin edition of Disputatio pro declaratione virtutis indulgentiarum, which is thankfully known in English simply as the Ninety-Five Theses is available for download. This digital document is likely to be as close as you can get to the text of the actual sheet of paper Luther nailed to the Wittenberg Castle Church door. If you would like to view this printed copy of Luther’s theses as they would have been read by the theologians and clerics of the day, then follow the link http://www.wdl.org/en/item/7497/. In conjunction with viewing the theses you may want to read the post on this site, “Reformation Day 2015, B. B. Warfield on Luther’s Theses.”
September 22-23, Reformation Preaching Conference, 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, will be held in Calvary Bible Church in Joelton, Tennessee, which is about 20 miles northwest of the lovely Tennessee capitol in Nashville. The speakers include–Gregory K. Beale, Joseph Pipa, George Grant, Theodore Zacharias, H. B. Charles, Sonny Hernandez, David Harrell, and Edward Dalcour. The link to the website for the conference is HERE. [9/15/2017]
Trumpet Call: 500 Years of Gospel Freedom, was held March 14-16 by Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in South Carolina. The speakers included Robert Kolb, Michael Whiting, James McGoldrick, Michael Morales, Cliff Bair, Joseph Pipa, Joel Beeke, and Carl Robbins. A one-hour video of Joel Beeke’s lecture titled, “Sola Scriptura,” is available on youtube. Also, audios of the ten lectures and two question & answer sessions are available on the Greenville Seminary & Mt. Olive page of sermonaudio.com. [9/15/2017]
The Confessional Presbyterian, A Journal for Discussion of Presbyterian & Reformed Doctrine, will soon have its thirteenth annual issue available. The primary emphasis for this issue is the five hundredth anniversary of the Reformation with a corresponding stress on the extensive work by Hughes Oliphant Old (1933-2016) in the area of historic and regulated worship. Other subjects include John Calvin, Martin Bucer, Johannes Oecolampadius, the Sabbath, and the doctrine of adoption in the Reformation. To see the table of contents for this edition and ordering information go to the store page for The Confessional Presbyterian 13. Back issues are available for purchase from The Confessional Presbyterian except for the first issue which is out of print but available via on demand from Lulu.
October 13-15, Here We Stand: Justification by Faith Alone will be held in Second Presbyterian Church, Greenville, South Carolina. The schedule extends from Friday evening through the Sunday evening worship service with speakers that include pastor of Second Church, Richard D. Phillips, along with Ligon Duncan and Harry Reeder. This year is the 125th anniversary of the founding of the church, so Mel Duncan will give a Sunday School lesson about the history of the congregation. Second Church is located within a short walk of several hotels and restaurants, so if attending from out of town you can check in, park your car, and take a short walk to the church for the sessions.
October 12-15, Reformation Worship Conference will be held in Midway Presbyterian Church, Powder Springs, Georgia. The speakers are W. Robert Godfrey, Steve Lawson, Scott Manetsch (see the review of his recent book on John Calvin), Carl Trueman, Terry Johnson, Mark Ross, T. David Gordon, Chad Van Dixhoorn, and others, which might include the senior pastor of Midway, David Hall. The conference has its own website for information, Reformation Worship Association, which provides both bulletin inserts and brochures for downloading.
October 20-22, Reformation Heritage Conference, Martin Luther & the Legacy of the Reformation will be held in Wayside Presbyterian Church, Signal Mountain, Tennessee. The speakers include Derek Thomas, Harry Reeder, Joe Novenson, and two ministers of the Wayside Church, Brian Crosby and Charles Barrett. If you have some time between the sessions and enjoy history you could drive to visit the scenic Covenant College campus laid out around Carter Hall which was constructed in 1928 as a hotel. There are also sites associated with Civil War battles in the vicinity of Chattanooga.
“The Reformation at Five Hundred,” by Albert Howard and Mark A. Noll, First Things, Nov. 2014, is a brief article sketching the ways remembering the Reformation has changed. Surprisingly, the centennial in 1617 was proposed by Calvinists, not Lutherans, and it was celebrated as a thanksgiving for recovering “the bright light of the Gospel,” but there was division between Lutherans and Reformed to which was added a special jubilee ordered by Pope Paul V in response to the Protestants. The article goes on to the years 1717 (only a sentence), 1817, then Luther’s birthday was brought into the story in 1883, the 1917 anniversary was during The Great War, and the article concludes looking forward to 2017. “The Reformation at Five Hundred” is available in PDF. [9/13/2017]
The Castle Church in Wittenberg is currently known as the Internationale Schlosskirchen-gemeinschaft (International Castle Church Community) in Lutherstadt, Wittenberg. The Welcome page of the website provides some information regarding the church. Scheduled organ recitals are held in the sanctuary during the week, which would likely provide listeners a worthwhile and aesthetically memorable experience. The Lutherstadt Wittenberg Tourist Information department website has a PDF map of the historical area, and this second page on the same site claims the Reformation museum in Luther’s house in Wittenberg is the largest in the world. The photograh of the church door is from Wikicommons. [9/14-2017]
Lutheran Influences in the United Kingdom may be thought nonexistent, but in the early years of the Reformation the monk of Saxony made his mark. James E. McGoldrick of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary has published two books that zoom in on the influence of Martin Luther in Great Britain. The first, Luther’s English Connection, 1979, emphasizes his influence in England through Robert Barnes and William Tyndale. Dr. McGoldrick has also written Luther’s Scottish Connection, reviewed on this site, which dedicates a considerable portion of its text to the brave and tragic reformer, Patrick Hamilton, who died at the young age of twenty-eight and became a martyr of the Scottish Reformation. [9/14-2017]
“What was Luther Doing When He Nailed His 95 Theses to the Wittenberg Door?” is the text of an interview of Carl Trueman by Justin Taylor. The purpose is to provide brief answers to the questions one is likely to have regarding Luther and his theses event. Carl Trueman is the Paul Woolley Professor of Church History in Westminster Theological Seminary and he wrote his dissertation on Luther and the recent book, Luther on the Christian Life: Cross and Freedom. [9/14/2017]