Well. Here it is almost the end of October, and I have not followed through with my plan to blog a little about Martin Luther this month. At this point I’m not very optimistic about getting that done. So for now, I just want to point out a few good resources (some of which are free) on the life of Martin Luther.
First, though, I want to make a couple of simple points. One, Martin Luther was clearly a courageous and extraordinary individual. His faith and his stand for the truth are deeply inspiring. Two, Martin Luther was (like the rest of us) a flawed man, who made his share of mistakes.
Keep both of those facts in mind as you read about his life, and try to avoid the dangers of venerating him, on one hand, or vilifying him on the other.
- There are very few things online as good as John Piper’s biography of Martin Luther.
- Another site offers a very detailed timeline of Luther’s life:
It is, to my knowledge, the most detailed timeline of its kind on the Web. Links within each timeline will take you to many of Luther’s writing available online and to miscellaneous background information on the places and people in Luther’s life. (From The Life of Martin Luther web page)
- Selected Works of Martin Luther, including his Ninety-Five Theses
- You can either purchase Roland Bainton’s classic biography Here I Stand – A Life Of Martin Luther, or read it for free online
- Monergism.com has a few good audio files
- Finally, you could just veg on the couch and watch the Luther movie on DVD
“Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.” (Hebrews 13:7)
Have a good Reformation Day!