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Luther’s Truths, Then and Now

Editor’s note: Robert Kolb delivered the following address at the International Conference on Confessional Leadership in the 21st Century, held in Wittenberg, Germany, May 3-8, 2015. Eventually, all of the addresses from the conference will be published together in book … Continue reading

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The “Three Kingdoms” of Simon Musaeus: An essay from the Festschrift for James M. Estes

James M. Estes has been a leading North American Reformation scholar for more than half a century.  A student of Harold Grimm at Ohio State University, he became the leading interpreter of the thought and significance of the Swabian reformer … Continue reading

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Pro Re Theologica et Salute Fratrum: Luther as Reformer of Pastoral Care

Another Reformation Day has come and gone. Each year the day gives us occasion to reflect on the significance of the upheavals of the Sixteenth Century—upheavals that changed the religious, social, and cultural landscape of the West, especially the western … Continue reading

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Luther, Laity and … Lego

As many parents who have young children, I recently found myself sitting in a theatre watching 100 minutes of plastic bricks animated with stop-motion magic: the block-buster “Lego Movie.” Since its release articles and op-pieces have filled the blogosphere with … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Reformation500 Website!

Reformation500 is an online resource for the commemoration of the Quincentenary of the Reformation in 2017 managed by Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.  Here you will find information on important people and events of the Reformation, news and upcoming events, blog … Continue reading

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Reformation at 500 and Vatican II at 50: the Luther Link

As we prepare to celebrate the quincentennial of the Reformation, the Roman Catholic Church has an anniversary of its own: fifty years since the Second Vatican Council (1962–65). The two are not unrelated. Vatican II opened with high hopes in … Continue reading

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Remembering Augsburg: June 25, 1530

Today marks the anniversary of the Augsburg Confession before Emperor Charles V.  On January 21, 1530, Emperor Charles V issued letters from Bologna, inviting the Imperial Diet to meet in Augsburg on April 8 for the purpose of discussing and deciding various important questions. Although the writ … Continue reading

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