While I was in Jackson, MS. studying for ministry my wife had a conversation with a co-worker that went something like this:
Co-worker: "where does your husband go to school?"
My Wife: "Reformed Theological Seminary."
Co-worker: "I'm so sorry!"
At that point my wife graciously clarified that Reformed Seminary was not a 'reform school' for felons and delinquents.
If you can identify with that co-worker and terms like "Reformed" are new, don't worry. You are not alone. When you hear us use the term "Reformed" we are referring to an understanding of Scripture and salvation that was recovered in a time called "the Reformation." It all started with a melancholy monk named Martin Luther who, 500 years ago, wrote 95 Theses in Latin and nailed them to the door of a German church in order to have some scholarly debate. His goal was to reform the Roman Catholic church and bring her back in line with Scripture. The theses were translated into the language of the people and the rest, as they say, was history.
This Fall we have a Sunday School class led by Dr. Jim Roche that will be studying the Reformation using an excellent video series developed by Westminster Seminary. If you're new to the Reformation or would simply love a refresher course on what happened and why it matters for the present day, then I would encourage you to make time to attend.
If you're unable to attend or would like to use the course in your small group or Sunday school, the link to all the videos, participant's and leader's guides can be found here.