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Mike Yagley and Evan Gaertner discuss the documents of the Reformation. 2017 is the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting the 95 theses on the Castle Church doors in Wittenberg. We will discuss what was so important about the 95 theses and the other documents of the Reformation.

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Mike Yagley and Evan Gaertner discuss the documents of the Reformation. 2017 is the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting the 95 theses on the Castle Church doors in Wittenberg. We will discuss what was so important about the 95 theses and the other documents of the Reformation.

    Episode 63 – Sermon on the Mount Part 1

    Episode 63 – Sermon on the Mount Part 1

    In 1530-1532 Dr. Martin Luther preached a sermon series on St. Matthew’s gospel on Wednesday evenings. This episode reviews his comments on the first four beatitudes. Volume 21 of Luther’s Works (American Edition) holds these sermons, and this volume also has Mike Yagley’s favorite…Luther’s comments on the Magnificat.

    Beer Break

    Upper Hand Brewery – UPA Upper Peninsula American Ale

    5.5% ABV

    The flagship and firstborn, UPA® is their go-anywhere, do-anything, back-to-basics pale ale. Timeless and traditional, some things are classics for a reason. Mike and I both enjoyed this simple beer with easy flavors.

    Luther's Commentary on Psalm 51

    Luther's Commentary on Psalm 51

    In the summer of 1532, Martin Luther gave a series of lectures on Psalm 51. Six years later, in 1538, Luther’s followers released a small book on Psalm 51, based on Luther’s lectures. Luther uses his time of study in this psalm to discuss repentance, sin, grace, justification, and proper worship.

    In 1955, the first volume of the American Edition of Luther’s Works was published through a cooperative agreement between Concordia Publishing House and Muhlenberg Press (later called Augsburg Fortress). This ambitious project was initially announced to have 55 volumes, and later has been expanded to include more material from Luther. The first volume published was Volume 12, which included Luther’s commentary on Psalms 2, 8, 19, 23, 26, 45, and 51.

    This edition of Grace on Tap looks at Luther’s commentary on Psalm 51.

    Beer Break

    Cheybogan Brewing Company proudly produces a blueberry cream ale. Mike and Evan positively comment more on the smell than the taste.

    Treatise on Good Works

    Treatise on Good Works

    Martin Luther published the Treatise on Good Works in June of 1520. Martin Luther had upended the medieval theological view of good works by encouraging people to trust in the good work of Christ and not in their own good works. With the focus of trust shifted away from our good works, what role do good works have in the life of a Christian? Luther defines the role of good works in this treatise through an examination of the Ten Commandments.

    Project Gutenberg has a open source copy of the Treatise on Good Works. Volume 44 of Luther’s Work the American Edition contains this Treatise. Timothy Wengert has published with Augsburg Fortress an annotated edition that can be purchased for the Kindle at Amazon.

    Beer Break

    70+ by Old Nation Brewing Company is featured during our Beer Break in this episode. It is a West Coast Style India Pale Ale. 6.8% ABV and 72 IBU. The beer has a tangerine flavor with pine-like contribution from classic Columbus and Simcoe hops. The Idaho 7 hops support the new-school tropical twist.

    • 59 min
    Episode 60 – 1521 Year in Review

    Episode 60 – 1521 Year in Review

    Mike Yagley and Evan Gaertner review the Reformation events of 1521. Included in this episode:

    * Dr. Martin Luther’s excommunication through the papal bull, Decet Romanian Pontificem.* Diet of Worms and Luther declares, “Here I stand!”* Luther “kidnapped” to the Wartburg* Luther writes his Commentary on the Magnificat as a gift for John Frederick* While Hiding at the Wartburg, Luther translates Erasmus’ Greek New Testament to German* Luther continues his thoughts from Babylonian Captivity in November 1521 Treatise on The Misuse of the Mass* Growing Controversy with Andreas Karlstadt

    Beer Break

    The Beer Break features a beer from Unplugged Brewing Company. The beer is Dudley’s Golden Ale which is exclusively available at the Huggy’s Social House in Vermillion. This special beer is a charity beer sold to support a golden retriever rescue society.

    All profits from Dudley’s Golden Ale will go back to GRIN🍺Please consider making a donation to them to further their Golden rescue efforts !🦮♥️ https://grinrescue.org

    • 34 min
    Episode 59 – 1520 Year in Review

    Episode 59 – 1520 Year in Review

    1520 is a year of suspense. The pope renews his calls for Luther to be silenced. Luther publishes some of his most significant books in his lifetime. Emperor Charles V is crowned at Aachen. This episode reviews Luther’s major literary works. We also follow the activities of Rome that lead up Luther’s excommunication.

    Beer Break

    Ore Dock Brewing Co. – Porter


    114 Spring Street

    Marquette, Michigan


    Hints of coffee and bittersweet chocolate maneuver themselves through the full flavored roastiness of this jet-black ale.  Though altogether complex, the medium body and subtle carbonation of this porter delivers year-round enjoyment dark beer lovers.

    Style: American Robust Porter

    Yeast: British Ale

    Hops:  Fuggles

    Water Source: Lake Superior

    Grains: Optic, Munich, Carmel, Amber, Black, Chocolate, Pale Chocolate

    IBU: 27                ABV: 5.6%                Original Gravity: 1.058

    Dates Available: Year Round

    Available Packages:  6-pack bottles, draft

    *2013 Beverage Tasting Institute World Beer Championships Silver Medal 88pts

    • 41 min
    Episode 58 – Augsburg Confession Articles 22-28

    Episode 58 – Augsburg Confession Articles 22-28

    This episode concludes the conversation on the Augsburg Confession that had been presented at the Diet of Augsburg on June 25, 1530. We focus on the disputed articles, 22-28, and the events that take place between June 25, 1530 and April 15, 1531.

    Sound quality is a little mixed in this episode because Evan Gaertner set the wrong setting on the microphone. His wife reminded him that sound checks are a good idea.

    Beer Break

    Copper Harbor by Midland Brewing Company. A sweet, toasty malt lager. It is named for the shipping port near the northern-most point of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

    Covid requires recording episodes in different locations.

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