Friday Morning Coffee #39: Reformation 500

Good morning, friends. 

There are sometimes I love the power of technology. Scott and I sat on our couch last night - in lounge pants - watching a conference taking place an hour away. What a luxury! 

Gordon-Conwell (where I attended seminary) is hosting a conference through Saturday in honor of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The good news is - it's being live streamed on Facebook. So, if the thought of listening to dozens of seminary professors share about the impact and implications of the Reformation intrigues and excites you, tune in here

If you're not so sure about all the hype around the Reformation, I'd encourage you to read my post "Protestant Amnesia: What's So Important About the Reformation?" Also, you can take a look at posts from the last two weeks as I've reflected briefly on ways the Reformation shapes my thinking today. They are "Your Work Matters" and "Luther's Letter to the Barber."

Some of you, perhaps, will have had enough of the talk of the Reformation by now. If so, I beg you to humor me for one post more. Because it's truly what's on my mind this morning. 

As I was listening last night, I was struck by Luther's transformation from a monk terrified of Christ as Judge to a man who loved and risked his life for Christ his Savior. Some of you may have experienced that transition in your own life. Maybe you've had to overcome harmful pictures of God as you came to - or continue to grow in - faith. This transition alone is worth reflection.

But Luther didn't have anyone to guide him through the process, to show him a new way of reading Scripture or teach him a new take on theology. All of this came from reading Scripture, studying it, pouring over, teaching it. Scripture was his teacher. Scripture guided him to the Gospel.

His story reminds me of the power of the Word of God. It's easy to discount it. It's easy to think that we need a human to present His Word for it to be heard and understood. (Do not misunderstand me. I find great value in those who can help us understand God's Word better. I did go to seminary after all.) But we can never forget that the Bible does have power - that it does not need us in order to be "living and active." That God's Word and the great Story it presents can, by God's grace, transform people's vision and reach their hearts.