Christians always seem to debate the extent to which we ought to celebrate/observe Halloween. I’m not going to offer an opinion on that debate, but I would like to suggest that October 31 is a day that is truly worthy of celebration for another reason.
On October 31, 1517, a German monk named Martin Luther nailed to the door of the Wittenberg Church his list of 95 theses against indulgences and other unbiblical practices of the Catholic church. Because this event is said to have marked the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, many churches and Christian families (including my own) celebrate October 31 as “Reformation Day”.
Justin Taylor recently posted a list of resources for Reformation Day, which you can use to instruct your family and others about what is arguably the most significant event in church history since Pentecost. Of particular note is the 2003 movie Luther, which is excellent. The movie is available to Stevens Street Baptist Church members in our Learner Resource Center, and can also be seen in its entirety online. Please take two hours of your time to watch it (it’s family friendly), as it will serve as a fitting introduction to Luther’s life and ministry.
If watching this movie whets your appetite for church history (and I hope it does!), then I would recommend checking out the book The Unquenchable Flame, which I have reviewed here. It’s a great overview of the Reformation era, an informative and easy read that I thoroughly enjoyed!