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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 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, Luther … 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

Episode 22 – The Diet of Worms Part 2

10/18/2017
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Martin Luther, the professor of Biblical studies at the University of Wittenberg, had finally received the invitation with the promise of safe conduct from the emperor. Now Luther had decide if he would attend the Diet of Worms. The invitation that Luther received said nothing about the structure of the meeting. Would it be the … Continue reading Episode 22 – The Diet of Worms Part 2

Duration:00:33:10

Episode 21 – The Diet of Worms Part 1

10/4/2017
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Charles V of Spain was on a very steep learning curve. Even though he was only 20 years old, he had just been voted as the new Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. Including his governance of Spain, he now had the responsibilities for a vast domain that included modern day Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Czech … Continue reading Episode 21 – The Diet of Worms Part 1

Duration:00:39:44

Episode 20 – Decet Romanum Pontificem – The Excommunication of Luther

9/20/2017
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In the summer of 1520, Pope Leo X released Exsurge Domine, a papal bull outlining the errors and heresies of the impudent German monk, Martin Luther. Luther responded by burning the bull. The pope had had enough. It was time for action, so he instructed his theologians to write a new papal bull that would … Continue reading Episode 20 – Decet Romanum Pontificem – The Excommunication of Luther

Duration:00:36:09

Freedom of a Christian – Episode 19

9/5/2017
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Karl von Miltitz wasn’t somebody who would easily give up. As the pope’s ambassador in the Lutheran controversy, he felt had the authority to make a difference in the ongoing theological issues stirring up Germany. Miltitz was a little more humble about his capabilities in 1520, compared to when he first became enmeshed in the … Continue reading Freedom of a Christian – Episode 19

Duration:01:08:19

Episode 18 – Babylonian Captivity Part 2

8/23/2017
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Episode 18 – Babylonian Captivity 2 In December of 1519, Martin Luther first trained his sights on redefining the sacraments in a series of sermons and treatise he wrote to help the common people better understand how faith works in the church. Duke George best reflected the feeling of the supporters of the papal position … Continue reading Episode 18 – Babylonian Captivity Part 2

Duration:01:14:20

Episode 17 – Babylonian Captivity Part 1

8/8/2017
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After being thrust into the spotlight with the publication of the 95 Theses in 1517, Martin Luther worked to engage in a conversation with the leadership of the Roman Catholic church, but without much success. By the summer of 1520, both Luther and the pope realized there was little chance of reaching an agreement. The … Continue reading Episode 17 – Babylonian Captivity Part 1

Duration:00:52:26

Episode 16 – Open Letter to the Christian Nobility Part 2

7/27/2017
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The opening section of Martin Luther’s Open Letter to the Christian Nobility was an effective broadside against the Roman Catholic power structure. It outlined a biblical argument that elevated both the nobility and the common man to stand equal to both priest and pope in the eyes of God. But Luther wasn’t done. The Open … Continue reading Episode 16 – Open Letter to the Christian Nobility Part 2

Duration:01:04:53