Luther’s doors: Entering the reformation

News | June 21, 2017

For four weeks this summer, July 5-26, St. Paul pastors and staff will lead a lunch-time series about the four doors of the reformation, doors of the places that offered key backdrops to the life of Luther. They include his monastery, University of Wittenberg, Wartburg Castle, and his home. No need to register, just bring a sack lunch if you’d like.

Monastery Door – Security & seclusion
July 5, Peter Marty and Karen Holden

From the moment Martin Luther entered the Erfurt monastery doors in 1505 until he exited in 1512, how did he experience life? Why did Luther enter this order of Augustinian hermits? Why did he depart? Where was he headed? Closed doors can do a lot of good. But can they also block us from the world? An open door can expand our minds and our lives to a larger world. Perhaps we like our doors left slightly ajar.

Wittenberg Door – Transformation sparked
July 12, Amy Diller and Ryan Bailey

According to tradition, on October 31, 1517, Luther posted his 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. Luther was a professor of Bible in Wittenberg and wished to begin a scholarly debate, grounded in scripture, about the practice of selling indulgences. What the authorities initially regarded as “a dispute among monks” sparked a transformation of the church and the entire Western world. The unleashing of God’s word is one of the great legacies of the Reformation.

Wartburg Castle Door – Refuge & healing
July 19, Katy Warren and Ann McGlynn

Wartburg Castle blends into its forest surroundings and is in many ways the ideal castle. Although it has retained some original sections from the feudal period, the form it acquired during the 19th-century reconstitution gives a good idea of what this fortress might have been at the height of its power. It was during his exile at Wartburg Castle that Martin Luther translated the New Testament into German.

Home Door – The threshold of hospitality
July 26, Sara Olson-Smith and Tammy Hermanson

Luther and his wife Katherine opened the door of their home to all kinds of people. A friend described their constant flow of guests as a “miscellaneous crowd.” Students, exiled clergy and escaped nuns, politicians, children, and travelers gathered at their table for rich conversation. As we talk about the open hearts and doors of the Luther family, we’ll discover how we might deepen our own ability to welcome others into our lives, and discover the joy of homecoming.

5 Comments on “Luther’s doors: Entering the reformation”

  • Luan and William Adams

    July 1, 2017 at 8:32 am

    We would like to attend the “Entering the Reformation” series although we are not members of St. Paul
    Lutheran. It is billed as a lunch series. How is that handled? Do we need to register?

    • July 1, 2017 at 9:03 am

      You are very welcome to attend!! No need to register, just bring a sack lunch with you.

  • Tom Fedje

    June 22, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    I would like to attend. What time, dates, cost, do we bring our lunch & which church room? Tom Fedje. 563/320-0376

    • June 23, 2017 at 9:49 am

      Hi Tom! The series will be on Wednesdays in July, from 12 noon-1 p.m. in the Library Commons at St. Paul. It’s free and please do bring a lunch!

      • Tom Fedje

        June 25, 2017 at 2:17 pm

        Thanks for your response. Please sign me up. Looking forward to the sessions. Tom Fedje, 563-320-0376

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Daniel 12:1-3

The Time of the End

1“Now at that time Michael, the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people, will arise. And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued.2“Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt.3“Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.

Psalm 16

1Preserve me, O God, for I take refuge in You.

2I said to the LORD, “You are my Lord;

I have no good besides You.”

3As for the saints who are in the earth,

They are the majestic ones in whom is all my delight.

4The sorrows of those who have bartered for another god will be multiplied;

I shall not pour out their drink offerings of blood,

Nor will I take their names upon my lips.

5The LORD is the portion of my inheritance and my cup;

You support my lot.

6The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;

Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me.

7I will bless the LORD who has counseled me;

Indeed, my mind instructs me in the night.

8I have set the LORD continually before me;

Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

9Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices;

My flesh also will dwell securely.

10For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol;

Nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay.

11You will make known to me the path of life;

In Your presence is fullness of joy;

In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.

Hebrews 10:11-25

11Every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins;12but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD,13waiting from that time onward UNTIL HISENEMIES BE MADE A FOOTSTOOL FOR HIS FEET.14For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.15And the Holy Spirit also testifies to us; for after saying,





He then says,



18Now where there is forgiveness of these things, there is no longer any offering for sin.

A New and Living Way

19Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus,20by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh,21and since we have a great priest over the house of God,22let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.23Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful;24and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds,25not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

Christ or Judgment

Mark 13:1-8

Things to Come

1As He was going out of the temple, one of His disciples *said to Him, “Teacher, behold what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!”2And Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left upon another which will not be torn down.”

3As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew were questioning Him privately,4“Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when all these things are going to be fulfilled?”5And Jesus began to say to them, “See to it that no one misleads you.6“Many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He!’ and will mislead many.7“When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be frightened; those things must take place; but that is not yet the end.8“For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will also be famines. These things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.

Daniel 7:9-14

9“I kept looking

Until thrones were set up,

And the Ancient of Days took His seat;

His vesture was like white snow

And the hair of His head like pure wool.

His throne was ablaze with flames,

Its wheels were a burning fire.

10“A river of fire was flowing

And coming out from before Him;

Thousands upon thousands were attending Him,

And myriads upon myriads were standing before Him;

The court sat,

And the books were opened.

11“Then I kept looking because of the sound of the boastful words which the horn was speaking; I kept looking until the beast was slain, and its body was destroyed and given to the burning fire.12“As for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away, but an extension of life was granted to them for an appointed period of time.

The Son of Man Presented

13“I kept looking in the night visions,

And behold, with the clouds of heaven

One like a Son of Man was coming,

And He came up to the Ancient of Days

And was presented before Him.

14“And to Him was given dominion,

Glory and a kingdom,

That all the peoples, nations and men of every language

Might serve Him.

His dominion is an everlasting dominion

Which will not pass away;

And His kingdom is one

Which will not be destroyed.

The Vision Interpreted

Psalm 93

1The LORD reigns, He is clothed with majesty;

The LORD has clothed and girded Himself with strength;

Indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved.

2Your throne is established from of old;

You are from everlasting.

3The floods have lifted up, O LORD,

The floods have lifted up their voice,

The floods lift up their pounding waves.

4More than the sounds of many waters,

Than the mighty breakers of the sea,

The LORD on high is mighty.

5Your testimonies are fully confirmed;

Holiness befits Your house,

O LORD, forevermore.

Revelation 1:-4-8

John 18:33-37

33Therefore Pilate entered again into the Praetorium, and summoned Jesus and said to Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?”34Jesus answered, “Are you saying this on your own initiative, or did others tell you about Me?”35Pilate answered, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests delivered You to me; what have You done?”36Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.”37Therefore Pilate said to Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”