On this day in 1517, Martin Luther posted a proposal at the doors of a church in Wittenberg, Germany to debate the doctrine and practice of indulgences. This proposal is popularly known as the 95 Theses, which he nailed to the Castle Church doors. …the event created a controversy between Luther and those allied with the Pope over a variety of doctrines and practices. When Luther and his supporters were excommunicated in 1520, the Lutheran tradition was born. This in turn would later ease the creation of the Reformed and Anabaptist traditions as well.Monergism gives more details here, along with links to m3 sermons on topics related to the Reformation.
A great post over at Stand To Reason outlines the meaning of Martin Luther’s seal.
Here’s some audio and video from Ligonier Ministries that outline the Reformation’s theological issues.
This is a holiday that Southern Baptists should celebrate. We have wanted a Christian alternative to Halloween for years, and Reformation Day certainly serves the purpose.