When we look at the journeys of our loved ones who have gone before us, we see their sacred pilgrimage. And it gives us heart for our own journey. When we think about the ways they faced adversity, or moved from fear to faith… when we remember how they moved from offense to forgiveness, it gives us heart to move ourselves. The saints who have gone before us are our teachers. They tell us, even from the grave, what is important. Perhaps even more in their death, we hear them clearly. Perhaps we are simply more ready to listen . . .
The Reformers set the world on fire, and it’s never been the same. Countless experiments in Christianity have followed since, each generation trying to embody the Gospel in their own way, for their own time. This thing we call “Church” is not a static entity or an artifact to preserve, but a living, breathing organism, evolving and changing over time. . .
Martin Luther was an educated monk who could read the scripture. And it was reading the Bible that completely turned Martin Luther’s life around. His understanding of grace came from reading Paul’s letters; it was so enormously important that he thought everyone should have the privilege of reading the powerful words of scripture.