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In light of a certain prominent celebration at the end of October, I thought it would be fitting to hear from the man often credited for beginning the Protestant Reformation. Oh, you thought I meant a different, more ghoulish celebration? October 31st marked the 495th anniversary of Martin Luther pounding his 95 Theses onto the door of the Castle Church in Wittenburg, Germany. Though this act is often considered the beginning of the Reformation, God had been preparing and moving towards the Reformation for several hundred years before Luther. However, Luther and his bold teaching most clearly, dramatically, and notably influenced the reformation of the Roman Catholic Church.

The good folks at Church Works Media have helped us yet again with another Gospel Mediation. This one is geared specifically for voters and this week. Election Day is upon us. I hope you will vote. (I already did, taking my wife on a coffee-and-ballots date last week.) It’s proper for Christian citizens to exercise the rights of citizenship (as Paul in did in Acts 16:37-39; 21:39; 22:25-29; and 25:10-11). So vote! And vote in a Christian manner. What should you be thinking when you pull the curtain on your booth?

What is our only hope in life and death? That we are not our own but belong, body and soul, both in life and death, to God and to our Savior Jesus Christ. So opens the first question and answer of a new catechism developed in large part by Tim Keller. If you’re familiar with the Hiedelberg Catechism, this answer will sound familiar to you. In fact, this modern catechism called New City Catechism borrows most heavily from the Heidelberg, as well as from the Westminster Shorter, the Westminster Larger, and Calvin’s Geneva Catechism.