I thought my writing about Martin Luther was finished, but here I am again writing about the reformer again. I am as surprised as anyone. After spending time in his homeland, reading his writings, and studying the moments of his life and faith that led to a deeper understanding of theology and great reform in … Continue reading Martin Luther! Again?
Finally! It is Reformation Day! On this day, 500 years ago, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany—95 reasons why the church needed to take a close look at itself and determine whether or not scripture was really reflected in its theology. For the past week, I … Continue reading A Mighty Fortress, Part 2
A Mighty Fortress: A Reflection on the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Part 1 By Rev. Alicia Randolph Rapking “A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing.” These are the opening lines of the most sung English translation of the hymn, written by Martin Luther, A Mighty Fortress. It is a … Continue reading A Mighty Fortress
“O my people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter hidden things, things from of old— What we have heard and known, what our ancestors have told us. We will not hide them from their children; we will tell … Continue reading Tell Me A Story
The exhibit at the Jewish Museum, in Berlin, caught my attention in such a way that I almost heard myself gasp. A rainy day and a long line had diverted us to the Jewish Museum instead of the Museum that had been at the top of our list and I found myself secretly glad. I … Continue reading Making Discoveries of Who I Am
I can hear my father, even now speaking the words of the old communion service—the words that always seemed to stick with me, to settle in my heart and make me ponder the meaning. “And here we offer and present unto thee, O Lord, ourselves, our souls and bodies, to be a reasonable, holy … Continue reading A Living Sacrifice
Addressing Evil It seems that for the last three months or so I have had a watchword. As I understand it, a watchword is a word or motto that embodies a principle or guide to action. This watchword seems to be coming from deep inside me, welling up when I least expect it, shaping questions … Continue reading Addressing Evil