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Episode 43 – Finishing the Preface to the Large Catechism

4/12/2019
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In this episode we finish our examination of Martin Luther’s preface (the long one and the short one) to the Large Catechism. Beer Break Grand Rabbits from Black Rock Brewery in Marquette, Michigan, is our featured beer. This cream ale is a delicious beer that sparkles with the waters of Lake Superior. Check out the … Continue reading Episode 43 – Finishing the Preface to the Large Catechism

Duration:00:38:07

Episode 42 – Large Catechism Preface Part 2

3/14/2019
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This podcast episode continues a new format for Grace on Tap. We provide a running commentary of the Large Catechism as we read it together. This episode nearly concludes our discussion of the preface. You can download the version we are using and follow along with our commentary: The Large Catechism was written by Martin … Continue reading Episode 42 – Large Catechism Preface Part 2

Duration:00:34:46

Episode 41 – Commentary on the Preface to the Large Catechism Part 1

2/28/2019
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This podcast episode begins a new format for Grace on Tap. In this episode and the next several we will provide a running commentary of the Large Catechism as we read it together. You can download the version we are using and follow along with our commentary: In this episode we get through the first … Continue reading Episode 41 – Commentary on the Preface to the Large Catechism Part 1

Duration:00:30:17

Episode 40 – Saxon Visitations

2/6/2019
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When Luther and the other Reformers visited the common peasants in Electoral Saxony, they were shocked and deeply dismayed. Their problems were numerable, running from administrative issues to serious theological gaps. Most concerning, the majority of the common people had no idea of the most basic principles of the faith. Luther’s visits to Electoral Saxony … Continue reading Episode 40 – Saxon Visitations

Duration:00:58:18

Episode 39 – The House of Medici

12/12/2018
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After the death of Pope Adrian IV, the young kings of Spain, France and England seemed to be less interested in manipulating the election of the next pope. Perhaps because they realized that they could not predict the behavior of a pope. The disinterest of the kings allowed the cardinals to maneuver amongst themselves for … Continue reading Episode 39 – The House of Medici

Duration:00:35:03

Episode 38 – A Failed Pope

11/21/2018
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The sudden death of Pope Leo X sparked one of the most openly political papal conclaves in history. Each of the three major political powers of the 16th century made clear who they wanted to replace Leo, and they didn’t want. The most competent man for the job, Leo’s cousin Cardinal Giulio de’ Medici, was strongly … Continue reading Episode 38 – A Failed Pope

Duration:00:43:45

Episode 37 – The New Pope

10/9/2018
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As the cardinals gathered in Rome in early 1522 to elect a new pope after the unexpected death of Pope Leo X in December 1521, they all recognized that the world had changed dramatically since Leo’s election in 1513. Not only did Martin Luther challenge the authority of the church and the pope, the Turks … Continue reading Episode 37 – The New Pope

Duration:00:35:53

Episode 35 – You Say You Want a Revolution

8/5/2018
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Thomas Müntzer’s traveled a circuitous route to becoming arguably the most radical of all the reformers of the 16thcentury. Starting out in Wittenberg as a student, he was thrown out of town after town, as the leadership learned who he was and what he was teaching. Still, it would be a mistake to characterize Müntzer … Continue reading Episode 35 – You Say You Want a Revolution

Duration:00:34:15

Episode 34 – Thieving and Murderous Hordes

6/23/2018
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Martin Luther had very little understanding of the realities of the revolution when he waded into commenting on the Twelve Articles of the Swabian Peasants. He knew the princes were abusing the peasants, but he had only heard vague rumors of the atrocities of the peasantry. That all changed when he took a trip to … Continue reading Episode 34 – Thieving and Murderous Hordes

Duration:00:47:37

Episode 33 – The Rebellious Spirit of Thomas Müntzer

5/9/2018
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A Rebellious Spirit When Thomas Müntzer was installed as the Evangelical preacher at the Lutheran church in the small town of Allstedt, nobody could have predicted how things would progress over the next two years. By the time everything was settled, thousands would be dead and wounded in one of the most violent uprisings in … Continue reading Episode 33 – The Rebellious Spirit of Thomas Müntzer

Duration:00:40:48

Episode 32 – Admonition to Peace

4/10/2018
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The arrival of the plague in the mid 1300’s radically changed medieval Germany. The peasants, who were the foundation of the social system, were decimated between the arrival of the plague and the start of the reformation over 170 years later. Ironically, the plague opened up incredible opportunity for many of the surviving peasantry with … Continue reading Episode 32 – Admonition to Peace

Duration:00:44:27

Episode 31 – Knights’ Revolt

3/23/2018
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In October 1347, twelve trading ships docked in the Sicilian port of Messina. When the ships were boarded, the locals were horrified to find most of the crewmates either dead or dying of a strange illness that covered their bodies with the black boils. Even though the authorities ordered the ships sent back out to … Continue reading Episode 31 – Knights’ Revolt

Duration:00:39:55

Episode 30 – The Prague Manifesto of Thomas Müntzer

3/7/2018
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When Thomas Müntzer arrived in Wittenberg in early 1522, Philip Melanchthon, Andreas Karlstadt and the other reformers had no idea of the radical ideas that had come to fruition within his heart. These ideas, which would ultimately threaten to tear Germany apart, were still hidden from the other scholars in the Wittenberg circle. But they … Continue reading Episode 30 – The Prague Manifesto of Thomas Müntzer

Duration:00:34:31

Episode 29 – The Edict of Worms and the Seeds of the Gospel

2/21/2018
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The Emperor released the Edict of Worms on May 26, 1521, officially declaring Luther and his teachings outlawed, only 3 weeks after Luther disappeared while traveling through the Thuringia forest. With the release of the edict, the reformation entered into a new and dangerous period. It was most dangerous for those who proclaimed the gospel … Continue reading Episode 29 – The Edict of Worms and the Seeds of the Gospel

Duration:00:33:53

Episode 28 – Return of the Reformer

2/8/2018
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Although Wittenberg was ground zero for the reform movement in the 16th century, it was still home to many priests, monks and laity who were not comfortable with the changes proposed by the reformers. When Luther was in Wittenberg, these disagreements remained within the confines of discussion and debate. After Luther was in hiding for … Continue reading Episode 28 – Return of the Reformer

Duration:00:58:19

Episode 27 – Marriage and Monks, Communion and Chaos in Wittenberg

1/23/2018
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The ten-month (1521-1522) stay in the Wartburg castle was one of the most productive periods of Martin Luther’s life, but not all the action was in the castle outside of Eisenach. The team of theologians that Luther left back in Wittenberg were also busy during this period, but with decidedly mixed results. Although the changes … Continue reading Episode 27 – Marriage and Monks, Communion and Chaos in Wittenberg

Duration:00:46:34

Episode 26 – In the Wartburg

12/13/2017
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Even though Martin Luther complained about suffering from laziness and sloth, Luther’s time in the Wartburg was one of the most productive 10 months of his life, resulting in 12 books, several sermons and devotionals. The most impressive of his accomplishments during this time wasn’t started until December 1521, when Luther kicked off a translation of … Continue reading Episode 26 – In the Wartburg

Duration:00:53:40

Episode 25 – Off to the Wartburg

11/27/2017
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Martin Luther was cut to the core when he read the words of the young emperor Charles who wrote, “A single friar who goes counter to all Christianity for a thousand years must be wrong.” Luther couldn’t help but wonder, could the emperor be right? Now that he was safely ensconced in the Wartburg castle, … Continue reading Episode 25 – Off to the Wartburg

Duration:00:49:11

Episode 24 – Diet of Worms Part 3

11/15/2017
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Martin Luther had decided to accept the invitation to the Diet in the city of Worms, Germany, even though he knew there was a very good chance he was going to his death. The pope, who was one of the most powerful people in the world, was clearly aligned against him. And, to make matters … Continue reading Episode 24 – Diet of Worms Part 3

Duration:00:41:11

Episode 23 – Martin Luther’s Reformation of Hymnody and Liturgy

10/31/2017
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When Martin Luther first posted the 95 theses on the church door in Wittenberg, he was driven by a deep concern for his congregation. This continued to be the primary driver of everything he did for his entire career as a reformer. Luther’s concern for his congregation was expressed in many ways. He wrote sermons … Continue reading Episode 23 – Martin Luther’s Reformation of Hymnody and Liturgy

Duration:01:11:00