Texts: Jeremiah 31:31-34; Romans 3:19-28; John 8:31-36
The timing of our holiday comes from the date that Luther first nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Wittenberg Cathedral. October 31st, 1517 was the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, but it was not the end. Through the centuries, God has been continuing to reform the whole Church: Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox.
And we need it. The dawning of the Information Age has brought with it the need for a new way to understand the role of the Church in the world. Congregations are no longer the center of people’s communities that they used to be, and religious adherence no longer confers the social benefit it used to. The Church has increasingly become portrayed in the culture as out of step, anti-individual and anti-intellectual, a superstitious holdover from a more naïve time.