Reformation Pilgrimage: Lutherstadt Wittenberg

As the name suggests, this is "Luther town"...the place where Martin Luther lived and worked for over 35 years. It was here that he taught theology, and therefore spent a lot of time reading scripture, and therefore realized the ways the medieval church was abusing its power, and therefore posted his 95 disputes on the church door, and got the who,l reformation ball rolling.

We spent some time here talking about the social/cultural/economic/political/religious realities of the 15th and 16th centuries, so we could understand why this time was ripe for reformation while previous attempted reformers had gotten themselves killed, often in multiple horrible ways. We visited the home of Martin and Katherina Luther, and of Phillip Melanchthon, Luther's friend and colleague in both teaching and reforming. We saw the churches where so much of this happened. We ate at a restaurant dedicated to potatoes. We saw some of the most famous reformation art pieces, including an altar piece and several other religious paintings, by Lucas Cranach the Elder. We came home to a wedding party taking place in the entire ground floor (it seemed) of the hotel. It was a pretty good day!

This morning (so odd, since it's just now 1am for many of you!), we are headed to the town of Erfurt, which was where Luther first became a monk in 1505. We will worship in the evening, instead of morning, with the church that still meets in the sanctuary of that monastery. (It's now Lutheran, of course!) 

Have a great Sunday! 

 

The memorial door, engraved with all 95 theses, was installed in 1858!

The memorial door, engraved with all 95 theses, was installed in 1858!

Flat Jesus knows who's in charge in this house: Katherina von Bora Luther!

Flat Jesus knows who's in charge in this house: Katherina von Bora Luther!

The pulpit itself is not the one Luther stood in (what is left of that one is in the Luther house museum), but the location is the same!

The pulpit itself is not the one Luther stood in (what is left of that one is in the Luther house museum), but the location is the same!

The Reformation Altarpiece, with "preaching Christ, crucified" at the foundation, the Lord's Supper central, and baptism and confession on either side.

The Reformation Altarpiece, with "preaching Christ, crucified" at the foundation, the Lord's Supper central, and baptism and confession on either side.

Such a lovely town.

Such a lovely town.

Posted on April 12, 2015 .