A single event on a single day changed the world. It was October 31, 1517. Brother Martin, a monk and a scholar, had struggled for years with his church, the church in Rome. He had been greatly disturbed by an unprecedented indulgence sale. The story has all the makings of a Hollywood blockbuster. Let’s meet the cast.
First, there is the young bishop—too young by church laws—Albert of Mainz. Not only was he bishop over two bishoprics, he desired an additional archbishopric over Mainz. This too was against church laws. So Albert appealed to the Pope in Rome, Leo X. From the De Medici family, Leo X greedily allowed his tastes to exceed his financial resources. Enter the artists and sculptors, Raphael and Michelangelo.
When Albert of Mainz appealed for a papal dispensation, Leo X was ready to deal. Albert, with the papal blessing, would sell indulgences for past, present, and future sins. All of this sickened the monk, Martin Luther. Can we buy our way into heaven? Luther had to speak out. But why October 31? …
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Reflections on readings from the book of Numbers via CBE: Unbelievable Unbelief – NaperCov café
Ever wondered why we have the book of Leviticus? here are my reflections after a week reading through it.
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What events in the budgeoning nation of Israel are chronicled in the last half of the book of Exodus? find out via CBE: At Mount Sinai – NaperCov café
We are two weeks into our bible study and what progress we have made! But what have we learned? What have we read that was new, different, confusing, maybe even frightening? After reading through the 50 chapters in Genesis, I want to show you something you might not have noticed…
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Today, we look at the account of God’s testing Abraham in Genesis 22:1-14. Many have a hard time with this passage. “How could God ask Abraham to kill his son?” “What kind of God do we worship that would test his follower in this way?” The questions go on and on. However, I think that we can gain a better understanding of God and Abraham if we do a little digging…
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