Making Sense of Martin Luther: A Study of Lutheranism

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Tuesday, November 19th, 2019
10:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Hope Lutheran Church - Central Campus

With Pastor Bruce Dillman

October 8th & 9th through November 19th & 20th

Who was Martin Luther? What is Lutheranism? How are Luther’s writings still influencing our world 473 years after his death?

In 1835, Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Martin Luther the Reformer is one of the most extraordinary persons in history and has left a deeper impression of his presence in the modern world than any other except Columbus.” “Life Magazine,” in its list of the 100 most influential people of the millennium listed Luther third, behind Columbus and Thomas Edison. However, some of Luther’s controversial writing about the Jewish people of his day have been used to justify hate and horrible actions. In so many ways, Martin Luther is one of the most influential people of the last 500 years.

Some of us grew up Lutheran, while others among us are new to the Lutheran Church—but we all consider ourselves part of Hope Lutheran Church. During this seven-week course, Pastor Bruce will lead a class on Lutheranism, using the book Making Sense of Martin Luther by David J. Lose. Each class will be based on a chapter of the book and will include time for teaching and learning, discussion, Bible study, and asking and answering questions. This class is for EVERYONE—from those who, as children, dutifully read and memorized Luther’s Small Catechism; to those of us who don’t even know what a catechism is.

At the end of our seven weeks, we won’t be “masters” of Lutheran theology. That’s okay. Hopefully, through our time together, participants will come to know the wildly gracious and consistently loving God who animates the pages of Scriptures—the God Luther found in his own personal struggles.

Ultimately, we want a better sense of how faith impacts our daily lives.