77-The Long Road to Reform 02

This is the second episode in a series titled “The Long Road to Reform.” Before diving into the THE Reformation, we’ll do some review and add not a few details to the story of the Church. We do this because I fear too many of us may have the impression Martin Luther & John Calvin were wild aberrations. That they just sprang up out of nowhere. Many Protestants see the Roman Catholic church as getting progressively more corrupt during the mate middle ages and that Luther was a lone good guy who stood up and said, “Enough!” Many Roman Catholics agree the late medieval Church got a bit off but see what Luther did as a gross over-reaction that took him off the rails.

So in this series of podcasts within the larger Church Story, I want to review make sure we understand The Reformation as an inevitable result of a long attempt at reform that had gone on in the Western church for a long time. And of course to do that, we’ll need to go back over some of the ground we’ve already covered.
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Musical Selections for the CS Intro

There’s 5 pieces:
1) Gregorian Chant – Puer natus Est Nobis
2) Palestrina – Missa Papae Marcelli
3) Handel – Hallalujah Chorus
4) Mozart – Dies Ire from The Requiem
5) Matt Redman – 10,000 Reasons

The Musical Selections for the Intro of CS

There’s 5 pieces:
1) Gregorian Chant – Puer natus Est Nobis
2) Palestrina – Missa Papae Marcelli
3) Handel – Hallalujah Chorus
4) Mozart – Dies Ire from The Requiem
5) Matt Redman – 10,000 Reasons

The Outro is the end of the last song.

76-The Long Road to Reform 01

This episode is the first of several I’m calling “The Long Road to Reform.” As I mentioned at the end of the last episode, we’ll track the Church’s long march to the Reformation, then pause before picking it up with THE Reformation by doing some episodes tracking Church History into the East.

Until recently, most treatments of the History of Christianity have focused almost exclusively on the Church in Europe & what’s often called “Western” Christianity. Mention is made of the Church’s growth into other regions like North Africa, and the Middle & Far East. But it’s barely a nod in that direction. For every 10,000 words devoted to the Church in Europe, 10 are given to the Church of the East. What’s really sad is that this Church has a rich history. We won’t make up for the lack of reporting on the History of the church in these regions here, but we will seek to fill in some of the gaps and give those who are interested some resources for learning more.
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75-The Witness of Stones

This Episode is titled “The Witness of Stones.”

I’ve had the privilege of doing a bit of touring in Europe. I’ve visited the cathedral at Cologne, Germany on several occasions. I’ve been to Wartburg Castle where Luther hid out. Mrs. Communion Sanctorum and I did a 2-week tour of Florence & Rome for our 30th Anniversary. We saw lots of churches and cathedrals. No matter what your thoughts about medieval Christianity, you can’t help but be impressed by the art & architecture the period produced.

Some modern Christians, especially those of the Evangelical stripe, visit a medieval European cathedral, and come away impressed at the architecture, but mystified and maybe, a few anyway, a bit angry.

Mystified on WHY people would go to such extremes to build such an immense and impressive structure.
Angry at the massive expense such a structure meant.
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74-Overview 2

This 74th Episode of CS is the 2nd Overview, where we pause to sum up the journey we’ve taken since the last overview, which was Episode 35.

That summary began with the Apostolic Church and ran up through the 5th Century and the Fall of the Western Roman Empire. In this Overview, starts where that left off and brings us up to the 15th C. We’re about to move into what’s called the Reformation & Counter- Reformation Era, but have a bit more work to do in looking at some trends that took place in the Church in Europe in the waning decades of the Middle Ages.

Turns out, there was a lot of reform-oriented activity that took place in the Church well before the birth of Martin Luther. So we’ll be taking a look at that. And filling in some of the holes left in our story so far.
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