On the Second Day...

There was no way to anticipate that Wittenberg would become the center of a major world event. Or that Martin Luther would be its leader. In the early 1500s Wittenberg wasn't a large town, only about 2,000 inhabitants. Leipzig, the major trading city, and Erfurt, the university town, were much larger. Wittenberg, during its 300 years of history, had developed as a walled, fortified city, strong enough to survive at least one attack by the Hussite army. In 1486 Fredrick III the Wise was named head of Electoral Saxony. Fredrick was one of seven people who had the right to select the Holy Roman Emperor. He took the role seriously, and wanted a capital city fit for the role. He chose Wittenberg

A Time to Speak, Love and Seek Peace

According to Ecclesiastes, there is a time for just about anything… For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time t

On the First Day...

The death of Jan Hus as a heretic laid the first, violent, foundation stones for the Reformation. It was 1415, 102 years before Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenberg. During the late 1300s, early 1400s, the reform movement was centered around John Wycliffe and Jan Hus. Bohemia (now part of the Czech Republic) became a center for both of these movements. The Wycliffe followers wanted to strip everything that was not totally scriptural in nature: the church hierarchy, the wealth of the church, veneration of the saints, fasts, superfluous holidays, oaths, intercession for the dead, indulgences. The Hussites wanted reform for the church, but not the radical change w

Reformation 500 – 500 Years of Always Reforming (We Hope)

I wonder…how do you see this coming Reformation Sunday in October? Is it the 500th Anniversary of a singular event – of Martin Luther nailing the thesis to the door of the Castle Church? Or… Do you see it as the 500th year of a church that is always reforming – always trying to live into the revelation of a God that is not stagnant and always ready for a new adventure? I tend to see it as the second. The church is not stagnant, nor is our God. We are always reforming, always changing and growing as we learn more and God is revealed to us in new and exciting ways. In truth, however, it does not matter how you see this event because it is a moment in time that changed the history of the world.

In the Beginning...

The Christian church seems to have always been at battle. The early church argued about the relationship of Jews and Gentiles to the new Christian church. Early Christians battled simply for recognition. In the meantime, they were persecuted, killed and suppressed by governments. It was 300 CE before Christianity was recognized and adopted as a legal religion. Even then there were disagreements within the faith. Just what was Jesus' relationship to God? Created? Begotten? Was Jesus two persons in one body or two natures in one person? When should Easter be celebrated? What role should the Pope have in the church? Then there were some of the issues that led to the East-West Schism: the sourc

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St. Stephen's 

Lutheran Church

To Love, To Invite, To Serve

 

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As a Reconciling in Christ congregation of the ELCA, we believe that the gospel is God's gift to all people, shared unconditionally and without regard to race, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic or family status, age, physical or mental abilities, outward appearance, or religious affiliation. We seek to live the truth written in Ephesians that Christ breaks down the dividing walls between us and makes us one.

 

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St. Stephen's Lutheran Church

1301 N Broom Street, Wilmington, DE 19806

302-652-7623 office@ststeph.org

 

We are a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Delaware-Maryland Synod.

 

 

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