As this ministry season comes to a close, it is time to anticipate 2017-2018. There will be much to celebrate.
2017 is the 500th anniversary of our tradition of Christianity. The Reformation is traced back to October 31, 1517 when a monk named Martin Luther publicized his struggles with the church of his day by nailing 95 statements of concern on a church door in Wittenberg Germany. This reformation came in many versions. Luther’s followers are called Lutherans, we hold the label Reformed and stand in the tradition of John Calvin, and we have close cousins in Britain called Presbyterians. Reformation apparently is addictive, however, and this compulsion to reform by separating carried on producing Anglicans, Methodists, Baptists, and eventually Pentecostals each with about a dozen strains within them. Just among us Reformed types in North America we have Christian Reformed, Reformed Church of America, Protestant Reformed, Canadian Reformed, Netherlands Reformed, Free Reformed, Orthodox Reformed and United Reformed. There is a story behind every one of these strains; each story includes sin-filled struggle and a hope for a better tomorrow. This is our story; these are our roots. Read more