The burning of books is an act that always captivates us. This was particularly the case on November 27, 1519 when students at the University of Cologne, an institution loyal to the Pope, threw the writings of Martin Luther into a fire and then called on him to recant. On campus at that time was Heinrich Bullinger, a newly enrolled student from Zurich. The book-burning piqued his interest. Who was Martin Luther? What had he done to merit such a response? To find out, Bullinger began a sustained study of Luther's lectures, focusing on those that dealt with Paul's Letter to the Romans. In a short time, writes church historian Steven Lawson, "Seeds of reform were being sown in his mind. At age seventeen, he embraced the pivotal truth that justification is by faith alone in Christ alone." This realization would lead Bullinger to eventually become the leading Swiss Protestant reformer of his generation. Once again, Luther's words had an impact far beyond the confines of Wittenberg and that even defied the flames of a burning fire.  


Oktoberfest to Celebrate Reformation 500?

Calling all brewers!

Yes, you did read that correctly. No, I'm not talking about baseball. I'm looking for men and women of St. Mark's who brew beer, or would like to learn.

To help celebrate the 500th anniversary of the reformation, home brewers in congregations around our Fairfax Conference are hoping to have an Oktoberfest with great home-brewed beer. Our friends at Lord of Life already have 25-30 brewers in their growing home-brew crew. I know we have some brewers at St. Mark's. (I myself brew.)

So, if you are a brewer or want to learn about it and possibly become one, send me an email at ‪ Someone recently told me that he doesn't brew beer but he does drink it; I responded, "What do you think we do when we brew?" ;-)

In all seriousness, brewing is a great social activity around which some wonderful conversations and relationships take shape. I look forward to receiving your email!

Until then, cheers!

+ Pastor Albert

          Martin Luther (1483-1546)

          Martin Luther (1483-1546)