Reformation Day - Start Planning Now

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It's fall, which means it's time to get ready for Reformation Day.  If you'd like some activities for the weekend events, check out some of the resources my artist friend Ned Bustard put together at  There you will find "pin the beard on the theologian," a Luther maze, and coloring pages of the Reformers.  That'll keep the kids busy while the adults gather to talk theology.

If you are in or will be in the Florida area, I'll be at North Creek Presbyterian Church in Coconut Creek (I've yet to figure out the nuances here), Florida.  I can't think of a better place to celebrate Reformation Day than Florida.  Except maybe one.  One year I was in Salt lake City for the occasion.  But, and this is the honest truth, when I checked into the hotel, which was a very big one built especially for the Olympics, my room number was 1517.  I love providence.

And for the cynics, apparently the majority of Ref21 readers, this is not a commercial for the North Creek conference entirely.  The good folks at the church there are making the conference absolutely free, no charge at all.  Isn't that kind of them?  You can find them at  If it's free, then what am I selling?  Seriously, If you could make it the conference it would be great to have you join us.   

Though I never met these folks, I'm pretty sure I'm going to like them.  First of all, it's Florida(!).  Secondly, they sponsor a 5K race.  Now it's not in conjunction with Reformation Day, but, still, they have a race.  Maybe next year they'll include a race with the conference:  Run for the Reformers:  Run Solo for the Solas.  (After a few episodes of Mad Men, everyone fancies him or herself an ad copywriter.) Instead of the old Gatorade and water at the finish line they could have b*%r--but not for the kids.  

In all seriousness, this Reformation Day might be a good opportunity to talk about the Reformation plank of sola Scriptura.  Haven't we all noticed how Scripture, especially inerrancy and the full-throttled commitment to Scripture's authority are currently under the gun?  The sad thing here is the challenge is not coming from self-ascribed liberals, as the battles in the 60s and 70s had it.  It's coming from self-ascribed evangelicals.

Where's Luther when we need him?
Posted September 26, 2011 @ 1:43 PM by Stephen Nichols

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