Issue #40   October, 2016
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Pushing 500
A milestone often calls for celebration. We pay attention to birthdays. We really pay attention when a friend or family member turns 10, 20, ... 50, …100. But 500?!?!
In 2017 we will observe a quincentenary. (I had to look up that one.)

On October 31, 2017 churches around the world will mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The church is of course much older than 500. But surrounding the distribution of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses were vociferous conversations about the church and the serious need for repair and restoration—basically, getting the church back to being, well, the church. 

In observing a milestone, we remember what came before, but we do so in order to move ahead. What from the church’s past can we celebrate and learn from? How do we maintain the health and vitality of the church in our time?

One of the simultaneous happenings in the 16th century was the translation of the Bible into the vernacular languages of the people. The work of dedicated translators was bolstered by the development and use of the printing press. In the 21st century world of social media, we know what it means when we hear that something “goes viral.” And so the Bible has.

We in the 21st century have what residents of the 16th century longed for—a Bible that any and all can read and understand. With resources to help us, we can do what St. Augustine did and more. We can not only “take up and read,” we can take up and study the Bible together. Our churches will be healthier for it.
For Planning
Kerygma's study of Romans has a Special Reformation Edition

In time for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017, author Dr. Cal Roetzel has updated and revised Kerygma’s study of Paul’s letter to the Romans.
This special edition includes a new opening session: "Celebrating Luther’s Reading of Romans." Highlighting the historic reach of Paul’s letter, this session includes a look at Roman’s life-changing impact on a young Augustinian monk and academic named Martin Luther and his subsequent life and work. Dr. Roetzel’s compelling summary of the events surrounding the Reformation in the Resource Book and activities to choose from in the Leader’s Guide will help participants reflect on what the church has gained in the Reformation and its impact on faith and worship in our time as well as reflecting on what we have learned.

This session, which can be used at anytime, can be especially helpful as part of the celebration in 2017 around the date on which many churches celebrate Reformation Sunday—which will be Sunday, October 29, 2017. 

Also new in this revision is a Leader Disk complete with slides and a Leader’s Guide in PDF for easy searching, reading, copying of activity choices into your own lesson plan, and printing of worksheets.

The Leader’s Guide also suggests ways to make the study of one of the most significant of Pauline epistles doable—especially in light of the time-challenges of many in our congregations. 
Go to to read more about the special edition of Romans: A Letter for Today or to visit our online catalog.
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