2017 Summer Institute of Church History
Wednesday Evenings between July 19 and August 30

2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. On October 31, 1517 an obscure monk named Martin Luther took a mallet and nailed Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Chapel. The theological debate sparked by this simple act revolutionized Europe and the future of Christendom, particularly in America. There would be no turning back!

Have you ever wondered why there are so many different denominations and churches, or have you had trouble understanding the distinctions between Protestants and Roman Catholics? The answer to these questions, and many more, can be found in studying and attempting to understand the Reformation and its ongoing aftermath.

Join me on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 PM starting July 19 and concluding August 30 as we embark on a new summer institute, The Protestant Reformation: How a Monk, a Mallet, and a Message Changed the World. The resource we will use for this summer’s study is a book by Glenn S. Sunshine, The Reformation for Armchair Theologians, written by experts for the layman. I believe you will find this book very helpful in navigating a complicated historical period. This resource will be available for purchase in the church office soon, and it is also available in Kindle or Nook format.

You may register for the Summer Institute and childcare (if applicable) at the Information Desk or online. Childcare will be provided in the nursery.

I am looking forward to another exciting summer of learning and discovery together!





Rev. Dr. Kip Laxson,

Senior Pastor

Asbury UMC