In our increasingly secularized culture, you and I feel the pressure to isolate our faith, to keep it on the backburner. Out of sight. The broader culture doesn’t much care what we believe in the privacy of our own hearts, but we dare not bring our faith out in public.
As a little boy, a lot of time was spent thinking about that question every child gets asked: What am I going to be when I grow up? Many of you are still trying to figure it out. For me, the answer was obvious: from age 5, I was going to be a professional basketball player,
On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther mustered an incalculable amount of courage as he nailed a copy of his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church. As difficult as it is to imagine the amount of spiritual fortitude needed to take this kind of action, so too is it hard to measure the impact that the Reformation has had on all of Christendom since.
Protestant Christianity celebrates 500 years of ministry on October 31. On this day in 1517 the German friar Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to Wittenberg’s cathedral door. Luther’s theses exposed theological fault lines placing him and his fellow reformers at odds with the Roman Catholic Church. Today Protestant evangelicals, likewise, are discovering new theological fault lines among themselves. Ironically, these differences emerge from the same reforms Luther initiated.
Meet Patti Rader who is embarking on her own leap of faith. Several years ago, after much prayer and consideration, she believed that God was calling her out of ministry and to join her husband in the business world. In many Christian circles this kind of move would be criticized and while maybe not said out loud this decision would illicit much judgement. Of course then, there are others who would not understand.