With hindsight, key moments in history that seemed momentary at the time can come to be incredibly iconic. Luther’s nailing of the 95 Theses to a church door in Wittenberg 500 years ago is such a moment.
In ‘Luther and the 9.5 Theses’, Kenneth Brownell explains how Luther came to write the 95 Theses and why making them public was such a turning point in church history. Kenneth also encourages us to recognise that the church today faces challenges that call for a similar return to biblical truths. He draws out 9 (and a half!) key points from the 95 Theses that are crucial for us to uphold if we want to be faithful to Christ and His gospel. This is a fast paced look back at one of the defining moments of Christian history, and a challenging look ahead to show how we can stand for the truth of the Bible.
Admirably readable little book: Each generation of Christians needs to be exposed to the great events of church history that stand out like towering mountain peaks in order for their souls to be emboldened to seek spiritual revival in their own day. The start of the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century is one such great event. Kenneth Brownell captures that historic moment in this admirably readable little book. He then proposes “9.5 thesis” that challenge us to follow in the footsteps of the Reformer Martin Luther to recover Reformational (i.e. true biblical) Christianity today. What will our response be? – Conrad Mbewe, Pastor of Kabwata Baptist Church and Chancellor of the African Christian University, Zambia.
Short book explaining why Luther’s 95 Theses are relevant today: This is a great little book for showing people why church history matters, why the Reformation in particular matters, and how it’s relevant to our lives as Christians today. Brownell starts by giving a brief introduction to the life of Martin Luther and then drawing out some practical lessons for today’s church based (very loosely) on the 95 Theses that kick-started the Reformation. – Gareth Russell
Challenging: It’s 500 years since Martin Luther famously nailed his 95 Theses to the door of a church in Wittenberg initiating the process that we now call the Reformation. As we remember this anniversary Kenneth Brownell highlights 9.5. (10 really) things we need to do if we are to recover the Christianity of the Reformation in the UK. This pithy book, it takes ab