Join Us In A Dialog With Martin Luther
Lutheran churches can trace their roots directly to the Protestant Reformation that took place in Europe in the 16th century. Martin Luther, a German monk, recognized differences between the Bible and church practices of the day. His writings, lectures and sermons inspired others to protest church practices and call for reform.
By the late 1500s the Reformation had spread throughout Europe. Followers of Martin Luther’s teachings were labeled “Lutherans” by their enemies and adopted the name themselves. Lutheran beliefs became widespread, especially in Germany and the Scandinavian countries (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and Finland), later spreading throughout the world as early explorers took their faith with them on their voyages. Lutheranism came to the Americas that way; some of the earliest settlers in the Americas were Scandinavians, Dutch and German Lutherans. The first permanent colony of them was in the West Indies, and by the 1620s there were settlements of Lutherans along the Hudson River in what are now the states of New York and New Jersey.
It is our goal for this web venue to allow you to ask questions about what Martin Luther stood for and believed and possibly how those views might translate into today. If you have questions about his views on topics of the world or theology we will research the question and respond with appropriate answers.
Your questions can be addressed to the ‘Ask Martin’ team in two ways. You may write your question and give it to a pastor, or you may e-mail your question using the link below. We will acknowledge your question and respond directly, and through this site, as quickly as possible.
Unless specifically requested, all questions and their answers will be published on this site. If you prefer your name not be included in the posting please let us know.
God’s greatest blessings on you!
The ‘Ask Martin’ Team
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