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By Rev. Mary Johnson
Christ the King Lutheran Church 

A 500-year-old reverberation of faith


October 25, 2017

Five hundred years ago this October, Martin Luther, a monk, priest, and university professor nailed a soon-to-be historic document to the door of the Wittenberg Cathedral church in Germany. The church doors were the town bulletin board of the day, and the document was an invitation to students, fellow scholars and clergy, to a debate. To be debated were 95 proposals about church practices listed on the document.

This was not a great act of defiance at the time, but the ideas went on to coincide with other bigger changes beginning all over Europe. They were picked up by a brand new invention called the printing press and spread rapidly across Germany, by way of political pamphlets, opi...

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