Reformation500 Documentary

A lone monk’s actions 500 years ago continue to have a great impact. Hear from some of the world’s greatest scholars on Martin Luther and the significance of the Reformation for our modern world in “500: The Impact of the Reformation Today,” a documentary that reveals how the Reformation surrounds us more than we realize through religion, politics and our society.

This thought-provoking documentary delves beyond the history of the Reformation, showing how its events and leaders left lasting effects on almost every aspect of modern-day life. Four years in the making, portions were shot on location throughout Germany where the actual Reformation events occurred. The documentary is hosted by St. Louis Fox News Anchor Sandy Miller.

Congregations and schools are encouraged to share the video in whatever version works best for their purposes.

The documentary is available in a variety of versions:

  • A five-part series with Bible study: This version provides five videos to be used in conjunction with a Bible study — In this five-part version of the documentary, groups are encouraged to watch each 20-minute segment in conjunction with the Bible study from Dr. Timothy P. Dost, “500: The Impact of the Reformation Today — Biblical Foundations.”
  • A multipart topical series: This free version provides 20 short videos in three topical playlists — “Religion,” “Political” and “Social.”
  • An hour-long documentary: This free version offers insights about the Reformation in a single video.
  • A feature-length documentary: This version is available for purchase from Vision Video here.

For more information, contact or 800-822-5287.

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Annual speaker series

Annual Speaker Series

As part of the Reformation Quincentenary, Concordia Seminary's Center for Reformation Research has sponsored an annual speaker series since 2012 to offer varying perspectives on the significance of the Reformation.

Click here to view the complete speaker series.

News & Notes

Robert Kolb to Speak at Concordia Seminary on “Luther’s Fiercest Foes”

In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this year, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis will host the final lecture in the REFORMATION500 Speaker Series at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, in Werner Auditorium. The lecture, “Luther’s Fiercest Foes: Satan, Sin, the Wrath … Continue reading

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Miroslav Volf to Speak at Concordia Seminary

The fifth Reformation500 annual speaker series at Concordia Seminary will feature well-known author and theologian, Miroslav Volf, the Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology at Yale Divinity School and Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. The event will be held in … Continue reading

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Tuomo Mannermaa Dies

Tuomo Mannermaa (September 29,1937-January 19, 2015), professor emeritus of ecumenical Theology at the University of Helsinki and internationally recognized Luther scholar, died this past week at age 77. Born in Oulu, Finland, he studied at the University of Helsinki and held … Continue reading

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500 Blog

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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