We take our devotional reading from a few narrative letters imagined by Neal E. Snider in Sincerely, Luther. While these letters are fictional, they were researched and written from the theology, biography, and published writings of Luther’s life.
Today, we celebrate Reformation Day—the day Martin Luther nailed Ninety-Five Theses to the Castle Church doors in Wittenberg. Our devotional reading today comes from The Renaissance and Reformation Movements by Lewis W. Spitz, where we learn of the historical impact the Reformation had on the time period.
Today, on the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, we take our Old Testament Reading from Genesis 4:1–15. In our devotional reading today, Luther speaks on the story of Cain and Abel, understanding God’s reasoning behind His reaction to Cain’s and Abel’s offerings to Him, and offering insight into their relationships with their parents, Adam and Eve.
Today, we remember influential hymnwriters Philipp Nicolai, Johann Heermann, and Paul Gerhardt. Our devotional reading about Paul Gerhardt is adapted from Paul Gerhardt as a Hymn Writer and his Influence on English Hymnody by Theodore Brown Hewitt.
Today we celebrate Dorcas (also known as Tabitha), Lydia, and Phoebe, the faithful women of the Bible. Dorcas and Lydia we meet in Acts. Phoebe we learn about in Romans as the woman who delivered Paul’s letters. We take our devotional readings for today from Men and Women of the Word by Jaroslav Vajda.
Today we celebrate the feast of St. James of Jerusalem, brother of Jesus and son of Mary. We take our devotional reading from James, The Apostle of Faith about the Epistle James and its origins.