Martin Luther’s 95 Theses: Celebrating the Protestant Reformation in the 21st Century (ebook)

Martin Luther’s 95 Theses: Celebrating the Protestant Reformation in the 21st Century (ebook)

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Have you ever wondered what Martin Luther’s 95 Theses actually said? If so, you’re not alone. Finally, there’s an accessible guide to Luther’s most revolutionary words.

Martin Luther changed the course of church history. His 95 Theses are considered a groundbreaking document that sparked the Reformation and altered countless lives.

But most people today have never read them and don’t understand them.

In Martin Luther’s 95 Theses: Celebrating the Protestant Reformation in the 21st Century, Peter DeHaan takes Luther’s contentions and turns them into understandable, bite-sized snippets, short enough to keep your attention. He explains their meaning and makes them accessible for today’s reader.

With a helpful snapshot of Martin Luther’s life, you’ll get an easy-to-understand overview of the historical and religious context of his day, as well as the impact of his history-making document.

Martin Luther’s 95 Theses combines a concise history lesson with an easy-to-digest breakdown of each one so that you can:

  • Uncover the basics of the Reformation
  • Learn why Luther was inspired to write his 95 theses
  • Understand Luther’s words in today’s language
  • See how the theses are relevant to your life and your church
  • Discover how his message can inspire and transform your faith today

In Martin Luther’s 95 Theses you’ll get the inside story of what led Luther to post these vital statements and how they apply to people today. A discussion guide to use with your small group is included.

An advocate for authentic church practices, Peter DeHaan, PhD sees reform as an ongoing process in order to advance the kingdom of God. His desire is to encourage Christians to better align their lives with their faith.

Let Martin Luther’s 95 Theses inspire you to learn more about the radical document that changed the course of church history and still impacts people today. You’ll finally understand what Luther’s words mean and how you can apply them to your life.

Get this accessible guide to the 95 Theses and start your journey to a new understanding of Martin Luther’s most important work.

[This book was first published as 95 Tweets.]


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Celebrating Martin Luther

Martin Luther lived five hundred years ago. He was born at the dawn of the modern era. He became a leading figure in the Protestant Reformation. A key technology in birthing the modern era was the printing press. It also helped drive the Reformation. The printing press propelled the spread of information. This moved a premodern society into the modern era.

The same technology broadcast a message of spiritual enlightenment to a people poised for religious change. We politely refer to the transformation that emerged as the Protestant Reformation, but the word revolution might better describe the spiritual rebellion that followed.

The fuse that ignited this arguably came from a list of ninety-five concerns that this German monk had about the abuse of one specific church practice: the sale of indulgences, which, at the risk of oversimplification, allowed people to buy their salvation. We call his talking points Ninety-Five Theses.

While the words indulgence and theses may make our heads spin and send us running to something less confusing, it’s worth the effort to understand what they mean. When we do, the religious reformation that took place five hundred years ago will make more sense to us. And this knowledge may help us consider more reforms we need to make today.

That’s the goal of this book.

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Five hundred years ago, Luther’s followers used the technology of the day, the printing press, to spread his message. Had he lived today, they might have taken to Twitter instead. Therefore, we’ll respectfully reformat his ninety-five theses into ninety-five tweets for today’s audience, which will better align with our shorter attention spans.

Then we’ll look at ninety-five more tweets that might apply to the church now, followed by ninety-five tweetable discussion questions.

Are you ready to explore Luther’s ninety-five? First, we need some background...

Meet Author Peter DeHaan

Peter DeHaan, PhD, often makes religious people squirm, but spiritual seekers cheer. He’s not trying to be provocative, but he seeks truth, even if it makes some people uncomfortable. He yearns for Christians to push past the status quo and reconsider how they practice their faith in every area of their lives.

Peter earned his doctorate, awarded with high distinction, from Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary. He lives with his wife in beautiful Southwest Michigan and wrangles crossword puzzles in his spare time.

Learn more about Peter