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Martin Luther

Home Sweet Home Run!

Rick Steves | Posted 09.02.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

I also enjoyed researching and updating our guidebooks (in Greece, Rome, Florence, Tuscany, South France, and South England), which helped me scout new TV episodes (for Tuscany and South England) and refine our newest Rick Steves Europe Tours Villages of South England itinerary.

Germany's Complex, Tumultuous History

Rick Steves | Posted 08.28.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

I'm just wrapping up three weeks of filming in Germany, and I'm impressed by the souvenirs of its tumultuous history. Doing TV shows on Frankfurt, Nürnberg, Dresden, Leipzig, and Hamburg, you can't avoid the flip side of Germany's greatness.

Vatican Supports Naming Square After Excommunicated Church Reformer (Martin Luther)

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.26.2015 | Religion

ROME (RNS) The Vatican has given its backing to a central Rome square being named after Martin Luther, a church reformer excommunicated by the pope n...

Pastor, Bless My iPhone

Rev. Adam J. Copeland | Posted 07.27.2015 | Religion
Rev. Adam J. Copeland

In so many ways, we can use smartphones to serve God and neighbor. To text love. To advocate with hashtags. To tweet the gospel. To chronicle justice. To snap joy. To spread good news.

Documentary Style à la Ken Burns

Rick Steves | Posted 07.15.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Ken Burns can enthrall me for hours on end with lavishly filmed, edited and narrated history. It's my hope that our hour-long special on Luther and the Reformation will be enthralling too.

Reformation Shoot

Rick Steves | Posted 07.14.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

We're in Germany filming a one-hour special about Martin Luther and the Reformation which will be released in a year for the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

Martin Luther's Been Kidnapped!

Rick Steves | Posted 07.09.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

We've begun a twelve-day TV shoot in Germany for a public television special celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation (due out in late 2016). Perhaps you don't know yet how exciting this is.

The German Sense of Humor

Rick Steves | Posted 07.08.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

I'm just kicking off my summer trip starting in Germany. I'll be posting daily for the next 45 days starting with this little video clip illustrating the unique sense of humor of the German people.

The Uses and Misuses of History: On Jefferson Davis, Thomas More, Martin Luther, and Other Villains

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics
Ronald A. Lindsay

If the Jeff Davis Highway is renamed, I certainly will not shed a tear, but the symbolism of such a renaming is meaningless unless it is followed by concrete action tackling today's racial disparities. History should not be allowed to weigh us down and distract us from the issues and problems of our time.

On Idleness, or How to Have your Coffee

Yara Zgheib | Posted 06.19.2015 | Travel
Yara Zgheib

There are two broad philosophies on how to have one's coffee, and two broad philosophies on how to live one's life. Both questions are inextricably linked.

What Poet Robinson Jeffers Can Teach Christians

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young | Posted 06.01.2015 | Religion
Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

The church reformer Martin Luther (1483-1546) loves the Latin phrase "Incurvatus in se." It comes from St. Augustine and means to be curved in on oneself. Luther believes that we have a tendency not just to worship our self, but to see the world only according to our own self interest.

'The Lady From Zagreb': A Conversation With Philip Kerr

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 06.11.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

In The Lady From Zagreb, the tenth book in the Gunther series, Bernie--a former homicide detective totally unsympathetic to the Nazi regime--finds himself at the height of the war, forced to run errands for the notorious Joseph Goebbels, the Minister of Propaganda.

Coming in 2017: Rick Steves Public Television Special About Martin Luther and the Reformation

Rick Steves | Posted 06.03.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

In 1510, a young monk from Germany named Martin Luther walked 700 miles to Rome on a pilgrimage. He returned home disillusioned, and in 1517, he raised 95 difficult theological questions at the university where he taught -- and kicked off the Protestant Reformation.

How Martin Luther King Jr. Got His Name

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.19.2015 | Religion

Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 as Michael King Jr. after his father, a powerful preacher in his own right. King was known as "Lit...

Man Between God and the Devil: Martin Luther and the Reclamation of Halloween

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 12.31.2014 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

What if I looked at on this Reformation Day Oberman's critique in light of Halloween how would Luther speak today in that reclamation? What would a reclaimed Halloween express?

Martin Luther and the Libraries: The Shaping of Sola Scriptura

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 12.24.2014 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

This week I had the privilege in attending the 2014 Reformation Day at Emory University. As alum of Candler School of Theology 03T, I was very proud to have a guided tour.

Saving the World, DIY-Style

Craig Newmark | Posted 11.29.2014 | Impact
Craig Newmark

My general philosophy is to do some real good in the short run, while learning how to scale that up in the long run -- to the entire planet in maybe 20 years. I'm also very committed to helping people from the bottom up, to give people a break that rarely get one, and to help give a voice to the voiceless.

Misreading the Gospel: The Religious Spirit

David Teems | Posted 11.26.2014 | Religion
David Teems

Christianity, for all the good it has done, often becomes its own worst enemy. Any hostility is understood. That is not to say that church is unnecessary. But its relevance depends on its imitation of Christ, that is, how effectively it demonstrates the heart of the gospel and not just to sustain its own sterling image.

What is Gospel Music?

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 10.02.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

In the mid-1800s two men developed a new kind of religious music that was to become today's Gospel music. The two men were famed evangelist Dwight L. Moody and his music director and soloist, Ira D. Sankey, known as the "Sweet Singer."

What Schism? Gay, Lesbian Issues Rarely Cause Serious Conflict in Local Congregations

David Briggs | Posted 09.06.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

If there ever was a likelihood that issues of gay rights would provoke a major split in U.S. Christianity, it appears that time may have passed.

Europe's Populist Reformation

John Feffer | Posted 08.12.2014 | World
John Feffer

Journalists and pundits are treating this nationalism-inflected populism as if it were somehow a new phenomenon. In fact, this populism can be traced back to the end of the Cold War.

Meeting of the Minds: Addressing the Church's Future

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 08.02.2014 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

It is encouraging to see spaces created to have these unlikely conversations occur among diverse people who are passionate about the church and their calling. As an FTE Alumna and an FTE Advisory Board Member, I continue to watch FTE flourish, lead, and pave the way for future leaders to guide the church into its unknown future.

Comedy, Tonight!

George Heymont | Posted 07.30.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

A popular show business axiom insists that "Dying is easy, comedy is hard." While any performer who has bombed onstage will quickly acknowledge this bitter truth, the bottom line is that comedy depends on good ideas and solid execution.

Who Is Pope Francis, Really?

Brandon G. Withrow | Posted 10.07.2013 | Religion
Brandon G. Withrow

It does appear that Pope Francis has, to date, reflected the "culture of solidarity" he called for in Brazil, but does this really mean that we are looking at a potentially different Catholic church?

3 Ways to Better Control Your Mind and Thoughts

Steve McSwain | Posted 05.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Steve McSwain

Descartes, father of modern philosophy, pointed to both the distinguishing characteristic of human beings and to the biggest curse of human beings when he made his famous statement, "I think. Therefore, I am."