This year is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation—soli Deo gloria, to God alone be the glory! This fall, Christians all over the globe are celebrating God's mercy to His Church in the form of doctrinal reform in the areas of divine grace, justification, the authority of Scripture, and the church's worship.
Why We Should Celebrate the Reformation
As R.C. Sproul puts it, "How could a dispute over one doctrine cause so many splinters and provoke so much hostility? Was it simply a case of conflict among contentious, obstreperous, bellicose theologians inclined to wage war over trivial matters? Was it a case of repeated misunderstandings sparking a tempest in a teapot—much ado about nothing?" He answers these questions here.
If you could read just one book on the Reformation, what would it be? Several of my favorite authors recommend their favorite book on the Reformation.
How to Talk About It With Friends
Michael Reeves wrote a very short, very useful little book that aids in this. On this 500th year since the beginning of the Reformation, this small but powerful resource enables you to capture the historical moment effectively to carry on the work of Reformation: to get the story of the gospel to world.
The Red-headed Stepchild of the Reformation
Did you know that reforming worship was one of the Reformers' main concerns? Ligonier's Tabletalk has a great short article discussing this further.
The Gospel Coalition's 2017 conference is all about the Reformation, and the usually put all the talks up on the web afterward. Here's the link.
Ligonier's National Conference, The Next 500 Years is also available online.
I've listened to a few talks from both of these conferences so far, and have totally enjoyed them.
Finally, Mortification of Spin's podcast episode Merry Martin Luther Day is a fun listen.
Commemorate & Celebrate
Doorpost Designs is celebrating the Reformation, too! Check out some of these prints and printables.