500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

One long piece of parchment, 95 arguments, a nail and a hammer…that pretty much sums up the Protestant Reformation!

Don’t we all wish it was that easy. Yet through Martin Luther’s courage on that pivotal 31st day of October, 1517, a revolution was ignited that would change the church and the world forever.

While we know the historical and theological implications of the Reformation, the church must turn its attention to the hard lessons learned from the Reformers. This means that we need to peel back the ugly chapters of the revolutionists, including the older Luther and the cantankerous Swiss Brethren. Consider what the later years of these Reformers can teach the church today about creating space for theological dialogue and innovation.

Our conversation features Dr. Glenn Jonas of Campbell University. Jonas is the Associate Dean College of Arts & Sciences, Charles Howard Professor of Religion Christian Studies, Director of the Honors Program, and the legendary scholar of the Boss (Bruce Springsteen).

CBF Collaborative Church Start Initiative in McAllen, Texas

This episode also features the collaborative partnership with Baptist University of Americas (BUA) and CBF Texas to provide theological education and practical church start training in McAllen, Texas. The update includes stories from CBF Texas Associate Coordinator Jorge Zapata and CBF Latino Field Coordinator Ruben Ortiz.

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This podcast episode is brought to you by The School of Divinity at Gardner-Webb University,  Campbell University Youth Theological Institute, CBF ChurchWorks, and CBF Reference and Referral.

Andy Hale leads Church Starts Initiative and hosts the podcast of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Hale is a CBF church starter who serves as pastor of Mosaic of Clayton in Clayton, N.C. Follow on Twitter @haleandy