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 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.
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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.
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.
Episode 57 – Augsburg Confession Articles 1-21
Part One of the Augsburg Confession is Philip Melanchthon’s attempt to show that the Lutheran church is in continuity with the historic Christian faith and more importantly in alignment with the teaching of the Scriptures. This document is meant not to cause division but to show the basis for unity in the church.
This episode discusses Articles 1-21, which are the common articles of the Christian faith in which there should be no disagreement.
Great Lakes Brewing Company – Dortmunder Gold Lager
Presentation of the Augsburg Confession on June 25, 1530 as a presentation of Jesus Christ and the confession of faith that arrives when bound to him as Lord.
Episode 56 – Introduction to the Augsburg Confession
In this episode Mike Yagley and Evan Gaertner introduce the Augsburg Confession. The beginning of the episode is a timeline leading up to June 25, 1530.
This date is a major turning point in the identity of Reformation as something other than a schismatic movement that is breaking apart the holy Christian church.
Christian Beyer presents the Augsburg Confession to the Diet of Augsburg.
You can follow read the Augsburg Confession online at BookofConcord.org.
Short’s Brewing Company is again featured during our Beer Break. This beer is a dry hopped double brown ale. Good Humans was originally created to showcase one of Briess Malting Company’s new malt varieties. Good Humans is a Double Brown Ale made with Carabrown Malt and dry-hopped with Simcoe and Golding hops. The brew has sweet malty esters that are met by huge toasted caramel and toffee flavors. The finish is dry with a bouquet of hops
Episode 55 – Luther’s Letter “Whether one may flee from a deadly plague”
1527 Martin Luther writes to Breslau after they requested guidance on the responsibilities people have to stay in a city that experiences a deadly plague. Luther’s open letter “Whether one may flee from a deadly plague” provides a theological response to the common tension we will face between self-preservation and care for another person that is need. The letter is found in volume 43 of the American Edition of Luther’s Works.
Some other resources include:
Gene Veith at Patheos has written an article placing Luther’s letter in the context of the covid-19 virus that is causing concern around the world.
Rev. William Cwirla at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Hacienda Heights, California also does an excellent job providing some connections between Luther’s time and our own time.
Luther answers from the perspective of vocation. Those who have a vocation to care for a neighbor in need should not abandon those have need. But when others are sufficiently able to provide care then it is acceptable and commendable to care for oneself.
Beer Break is Nutter your Business from Grand Armory Brewing Company in Grand Haven, Michigan.
Episode 54 – Close of Ten Commandments
In this episode we conclude our discussion of the Ten Commandments and Luther’s exposition in the Large Catechism. The audio is not as good because we recorded in a different room than usual.
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