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Church history buffs, most Lutherans, and assorted other nerdy Protestants (which is where I fit in) usually give some thought during the month of October to the unique place Martin Luther holds in the Protestant Reformation.

If you wonder, “Why October?” you probably don’t fit into any of the above categories, which is perfectly fine.  (Who wants to be a Lutheran or a nerdy Protestant, anyway?  Just kidding.)  But the answer to that question is because October 31, 1517 was the day Martin Luther posted a list of propositions on the door of a church in Wittenberg, Germany.

In spite of the way it is sometimes depicted, it was actually a very innocent act.  At the time, it was simply a way to begin a public discussion.  Think of it as a 16th century blog post.  He just wanted to talk about some things.  Instead, he unwittingly unleashed a chain of events that turned the world upside down.

So, borrowing an idea from my friend The Rev, I intend to blog about Martin Luther just a little bit throughout the month.  The Rev already posted some great quotes on October 1 and 2, and I’m sure he’ll have lots more this month.  Give him a visit and tell him I sent you.