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Afternoon Seminars
Reviving the Reformation Afternoon Seminars
October 28 at Village SDA Church

John Markovic
The Social, Economic, Political and Spiritual Background to the Reformation
A presentation on the socio-political and cultural setting for the Protestant Reformation, which was for all practical purposes an open rebellion against the ecclesiastical (Roman Catholic) authority by the rising urban population which was by the 16th century both secular and anti-clerical to a large degree.

Denis Kaiser
God is our Refuge and Strength: Ellen White's Portrait of Martin Luther
Ellen White mentioned Martin Luther more than four times as often as Philip Melanchthon, Huldrych Zwingli, John Calvin, John Knox, and John Wesley combined. She certainly saw something very special in this German Reformer. In fact, she viewed Luther as the Protestant Reformer par excellence and the historical example for those living at the time of the end. This presentation will focus particularly on the emphases that she placed in her chronological sketch of Luther’s life.

Erhard Gallos
Ulrich Zwingli & the Reformation in Switzerland
Zwingli reached by 1518 similar conclusions to those of Martin Luther before he even heard of Luther’s teachings. However, the differences between Luther and Zwingli would eventually give rise to two Protestant traditions, the Lutheran and the Reformed. What laid at the heart of the two traditions will be the subject of our study in conjunction with Zwingli’s part in the Swiss Reformation.

Kathy Demsky
The Waldenses Meet the Reformation: Synod of Chanforan
In September, of 1532 thousands of pastors and laymen met with Reformers Farel, Saunier, and Olivetan on a grassy, sloped meadow, Chanforan. The decision followed six days of “lively discussion,” during which Swiss reformer William Farel, with great zeal and eloquence, prevailed upon the Waldenses “to finish with concealment and join hands openly with the great reform movement.” This resulted in the Waldensian pastors embracing the Reformed faith.

Andrew von Maur
Living Stones of the Reformation
The Bible frequently uses architecture and decorative art to help reveal truths about God, sin, salvation, and prophecy. Similarly, the architecture and decorative arts of Wittenberg remind us of key Biblical principles recovered and cherished by the Reformation. These old buildings and their stories challenge us to consider whether the Reformation was merely a dramatic historical event, or the beginning of an ongoing, living Reformation that we are asked to be part of today.

Glenn Russell
Reformation Preaching As Pastoral Care
The great Reformers (such as Luther, Huss and others) were first of all pastors and their preaching focused on the practical needs of their members. What can we learn from the reformers about how to present the gospel in ways that meet people needs?

Rodney Palmer
Prophetic Preaching during the Protestant Reformation
How did the Protestant Reformers use preaching to challenge the status quo of the dominant culture, and simultaneously comfort and energize their hearers with a hope-filled vision for the future? Lessons to be learnt 500 years later.

Michael Younker
John Calvin: The French Reformer for the Mind and Society
The consequences of the broader theological Reformation in Europe were significant and diverse.  The study of John Calvin's life and contributions provide a fruitful exploration into the breadth and depth, and controversies for better and worse, that would envelop Protestantism both in his time and which continue today.  His legacy lives on in the movement known as Calvinism, which remains popular in America and elsewhere.

Steve Toscano
Anabaptists: The Radical Reformation
The radical wing of the reformation, or the Anabaptists as they were called, rose up as a grassroots revival movement whose purpose was to fulfill the original vision of the early reformers. Guided by Scripture and the leading of God’s Spirit, the Anabaptists championed a new, radical form of voluntary religion patterned after the NT church. By abandoning ancient Roman sacralism and replacing it with the NT concept of a gathered believers’ church, these "stepchildren of the reformation" challenged deeply held assumptions of both Catholicism and magisterial Protestantism often at the cost of their own lives.

Wes Peppers
Atheism, Adventism & the Reformation: What They All Have in Common
Did apostate Christianity give birth to modern Atheism? Discover how the Reformation played a key role in providing an answer to a question that millions were seeking for centuries. Going deeper, learn right from the Bible, history, and current events how Seventh-day Adventism provides an answer to all the objections of modern atheism. God wasn’t surprised by atheism or any other movement in the last days, so why should we be?