6 Ways to Celebrate Reformation 500 This Sunday

Jason Helopoulos | October 25, 2017


I remember standing outside on a cold winter night in 1986. My grandfather had taken me to the local university. We parked our car and filed into a long line that weaved up a sidewalk and around an outdoor concourse until it reached a door. After waiting for what to an 8-year-old felt like an eternity (probably more like two hours), we reached the front of the line. The professor announced our turn, and I stared through the university’s high-powered telescope.

There it was. A small ball of light was clearly visible; Haley’s Comet appeared before our eyes. My grandfather didn’t want me to miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Some things only come around every so often (Haley’s Comet appears every 74 to 79 years).

Earthshaking Significance

This Sunday we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the most significant event in human history outside the birth, death, resurrection, and ascension of Christ. Is this an overstatement? I don’t believe so. On October 31, 1517, the world began to shake with a few hammer blows on a small German church door.

At the time, none could foresee what the simple act of a professor nailing hand-written theses to a door would do to shape the world…


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