Reformation Events

Celebrating the Reformation: 500 Years

Luther’s remarkable journey, which began at Wittenberg shook the foundations of Europe in 1517, and his legacy continues to impact every aspect of life and culture in the present, now 500 years later.

Enjoy the following special offerings and events celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation on the campus of Bob Jones University:

M&G’s Monthly ArtBreak, Thursdays at Noon

Mack Library, campus of Bob Jones University

September 14: Martin Luther: His Times & His Journey, Donnalynn Hess

October 12: Johannes Hus: Precursor to Luther, Stephen Jones

November 9: A Dialogue with Martin Luther, Ron Pyle

December 7The Lutheran Chorale: The Rest of the Story, Karen Wilson

Register here

 

 

Reformation Focus Tours

The following tours are available for groups of at least 10 or more by reservation only according to scheduling availability. Tours are 45 minutes in length.

Fees:

Students (K5-12): educational discounts are available

Adults (College age and above): $5 per person

Tour: Jerusalem Chamber

Mack Library, campus of Bob Jones University

Step back into the pages of Bible translation history by visiting our own Jerusalem Chamber, a replica of the famous fourteenth-century room in Westminster Abbey. This chamber is where the commissioned men convened to write the King James Version of the Bible. Here you will discover a treasure of rare Bibles, the very translations that inspired the Protestant Reformation. The collection includes John Wycliffe’s New Testament, an original 1608 edition of the Geneva Bible, a 1611 edition of the KJV, and a rare copy of Martin Luther’s 1522 German translation.

Tour is available beginning September 1.

Request to schedule here or call to schedule: (864) 241-1624

 

Tour: Luther’s Journey: Experience the History 

Gustafson Fine Arts Center, campus of Bob Jones University

This focus exhibition features paintings from M&G’s internationally respected Old Master collection.  Tour the exhibit and take a closer look at the man, Martin Luther by understanding more about his life’s circumstances in the 1500s—a plague circling Europe, the scarcity and inaccessibility of books, the normalcy of illiteracy, and the exacting authority of church and state. Luther’s life journey reminds us that ordinary people can be used by God to inspire extraordinary and enduring change.

Tour is available beginning September 1.

Request to schedule here or call to schedule: (864) 241-1624

 

 

University Chapel: Truth Triumphs Series, Wednesdays at 11 AM

Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium, campus of Bob Jones University

September 6: After Darkness, Light: Why We Need to Know about the Reformation – Sam Horn

September 13: Law, Grace, and Gospel: Why the Reformation Was Needed – Dan Olinger

September 20: Sola Scriptura: The Ground of the Reformation – Mark Minnick

September 27: Sola Fide: The Issue of the Reformation – Layton Talbert

October 18: Sola Gratia: The Message of the Reformation – Greg Stiekes

October 25: Solus Christus: The Foundation of the Reformation – Nathan Crockett

November 1: Soli Deo Gloria: The Goal of the Reformation – Jason Ormiston

November 8: Stand: A Historical Sketch of Martin Luther – Ed Panosian

November 15: The Reformation and the Priesthood of the Believer – Eric Newton

November 29: The Reformation and the Centrality of Preaching – Kerry McGonigal

December 6: Personalizing the Reformation to Our Spiritual Life – Sam Horn

 

 

Reformation Concert Series

Reformation Concert with guest artist, David Kim

War Memorial Chapel, campus of Bob Jones University

7PM Friday, October 20

David Kim, concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra, with members of the Bob Jones University Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Singers, perform an all-Bach program celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Michael W. Moore, conductor.

Presented in collaboration with the Museum & Gallery at Bob Jones University.

Fee: Admission is free, and donations are welcome. 

 

Luther 500 Hymn Fest

War Memorial Chapel, campus of Bob Jones University

7PM Tuesday, October 24

The Collegiate Choir and their director, Dr. Fred Coleman, who also teaches hymnology and serves as the Head of the Church Music Department, will present a lecture-recital hymn festival in celebration of the 500th Anniversary of Luther’s sixteenth-century Reformation. Luther brought to fruition the seminal fifteenth-century efforts of Jan Hus to restore the New Testament and early church practice of congregational singing in gathered Christian worship. Those attending this recital will enjoy singing several Lutheran hymns with the choir.

Fee: Free

 

Five Solas 

War Memorial Chapel, campus of Bob Jones University

7PM Friday, October 27

In honor of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the BJU Concert Choir will present selected works by Handel, Stanford, Chilcott, and Dan Forrest. Eliezer Yanson, choral director.

Fee: Free

 

 

M&G Art Exhibition: Luther’s Journey:  Experience the History 

Gustafson Fine Arts Center, campus of Bob Jones University

Monday-Friday: 8 AM-5 PM

Saturday: 9 AM-5 PM

This focus exhibition features paintings from M&G’s Old Master Collection and commemorates the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting his 95 Theses—an act that changed the world.  The artwork, including paintings by the great German Renaissance master and friend of Luther, Lucas Cranach, the Elder, reveals an in-depth study of the man and his influence then and now.  Beyond the art, explore the video stops to discover Luther’s love of music, the plague circling Europe, and more.

An Exhibition Tour is available beginning September 1.

Request to schedule here or call to schedule: (864) 241-1624

 

28 Steps: A Play by David Schwingle

Stratton Hall, campus of Bob Jones University

Friday, October 13, 7 PM

Saturday, October 28, 7:30 PM

The doctrine of salvation by faith alone through grace alone is the cornerstone of the Reformation. But what do faith and grace mean? And who gets to decide? The storied Roman Catholic Church—or upstart Protestants? The answers clash like two armies when a devout Nun surprises Martin Luther and his wife, Katharine at their home. Will the Luthers convince the Nun to abandon her religious order? Or will the Nun silence the troublesome priest once and for all? Come see the answer and consider the ramifications of the Reformation on the church and our contemporary culture.

Note: Recommended age for this event is 12 years old and above.

Fee: Free admission for October 13; tickets are $5 for October 28 and may be purchased here.

 

Stewart Custer Lecture Series: The Reformation and the Advancement of the Gospel

Stratton Hall, campus of Bob Jones University

Tuesday, October 24, 8:00–11:45

Bob Jones Jr. Theological Seminary’s second annual Stewart Custer Lecture Series invites students of every age interested in church history and Scripture to attend! Guest Speaker, Manfred Kober grew up in Saxony near the town of Wittenberg, home to the famous chapel where Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses. He later escaped Communist oppression to come to the U.S., where he earned a Th.M. and Th.D. at Dallas Seminary in the 1960s, and served on the faculty of Faith Baptist Bible College for thirty years.

For more information, please contact BJU seminary at 864-241-1657 or email gstiekes@bju.edu.

 

Homeschool Connect: Reformation Celebration!

Stratton Hall, campus of Bob Jones University

3 PM-9 PM Friday, October 27

For 7th-12th grade homeschool students and families, Homeschool Connect will mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation! Participate in faculty-led sessions on the history of the Reformation and participate in an uplifting “Hymnspiration” directed and narrated by BJU’s Church Music faculty. The highlight will be an inspirational dramatic presentation by members of the Theater Arts Department on the life of Martin Luther.

Register here.

 

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