The Man in Wittenberg

Four hundred and ninety-nine years ago today, a man walked up to All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Germany. He held a piece of paper with one hand and pounded a nail into the paper and door with the other. He stood back and looked at the paper as the wind gently blew behind it causing the document to flap restlessly. “God, I know You will do what You will with this,” he prayed, “and whatever happens, help me to know that You were part of it.”

That simple paper started one of the biggest controversies of its time. A controversy that has ramifications today, almost 500 years after the fact. How important were the 95 theses Martin Luther presented that fateful day? Continue reading