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Manipulation. Lies. Greed. Deception. These are some words to describe the state of the church in Luther’s day. In response, on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the Wittenberg door. He called the church leaders to return to the Word of God and submit to its authority. While this is only one event in the Protestant Reformation, the movement as a whole marks a significant shift in the history of the church. It was a plea for the ultimate authority of Scripture, a plea still worthy of our celebration today.
On October 30, Mrs. DeLong’s Church History class had a Reformation Day party, complete with Reformation-themed games. Students desiring extra credit dressed as characters from church history. Other students composed an arrangement of A Mighty Fortress is Our God, a famous hymn by Martin Luther. For lunch, the students ate Papal Bull (roast beef) Sandwiches (a Papal Bull is a declaration from the Pope), ate gummy worms (Luther was tried at the Diet, or assembly, of Worms, Germany), and played some Reformation-themed games: Tetzel’s Coin Toss (Tetzel was a major proponent of the selling of indulgences), Translate a Latin Verse into English Race (the translation of the Latin Scriptures into the vernacular language was a huge part of the Reformation), and, of course, Pin the Theses on the Door. Mrs. DeLong dressed up as Martin Luther himself, handing out her 95 Reeses (Peanut Butter Cups)!