Happy Anniversary, Martin Luther!

It’s Luther party time!

In 1517, the German monk Martin Luther collected 95 points to stoke discussion about the corruption of the medieval Church. He then nailed his famous “95 Theses” to the door of his hometown church in Wittenberg — unleashing a storm of change and kicking off the Protestant Reformation.

I’m honored and thankful to make a small contribution to the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation with a new documentary. Rick Steves’ Luther and the Reformation is airing now on public television (check your local listings) and streaming online for free. This is a story of power, rebellion, and faith that you’ll never forget.

Earlier this year, we sent free copies of the DVD to 8,000 Lutheran churches (ELCA) across the country. It’s been a lot of fun to hear about Luther viewing parties in many of these churches, from a “soup supper” viewing in Kempton, PA to a morning viewing with coffee in Douglasville, GA. (If you haven’t told me about your party yet, please share details in the comments below.)

If you’d like to host your own screening event for your friends, family, community group, or congregation, pick up a copy of the DVD and use this viewing party toolkit.

Enjoy the show!