Happy Birthday, Protestants! On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther posted his famous “Ninety-Five Theses” on the local castle church door in Wittenberg, Germany. His Davidic points, and later movement, defied the corruption and theology of the Goliath Roman Catholic Church. Later this year, the global Protestant world will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the act that ushered in the Reformation. Over 800 million people worldwide in Europe, Americas, Asia, and Africa consider themselves Protestant today—that is over a third of the world![1]

However, there is so much more to do and cover. Our work is not yet done, from our priority and central mission of spreading the gospel to helping our local brothers and sisters. Sanctification belongs not only to individuals but also to the covenant community. We need holistic biblical teaching that extends to helping meet local needs—for example, we can help with Bible translation or help expand or improve education and justice to name a few. We need to forge global Protestantism together. In the months to come, I hope to pick some areas of Christian consideration looking at things both historical and contemporary. The goal? To ensure the continuation of the purity of gospel and communion with Christ for future generations until Christ comes through thoughts and discussion. Soli Deo Gloria.

[1] Pew Research Center, “Christian Traditions,” Pew Research Center, Religion and Public Life, December 19, 2011, accessed February 13, 2017, http://www.pewforum.org/2011/12/19/global-christianity-traditions/.