I’ve been joyfully celebrating this alternative and historical holiday since my college days. This is the day in 1517 that a learned college professor monk named Martin Luther posted a list of concerns for debate on the public notice area of the church door in Wittenberg, Germany challenging the Roman Catholic Church on abuses regarding the sale of indulgences. The Ninety-Five Theses would be but the beginning of Luther’s prolific quill made viral by the printing press and the frenetic storm which followed became the Protestant Reformation.
We are but two years from the 500th Anniversary of this significant event in the history of the church. This year I’ve opted to list several suggestions (some serious and some silly) to help you celebrate the day!
REFORMATION PARTY IDEAS
1. Actually read the Ninety-Five Theses.
2. Watch this video on Youtube (no Reformation Day is complete without listening to this historically inspired Polka to the tune of Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious).
3. Watch the movie Luther starring Joseph Fiennes.
4. Get an old door and nail something to it.
5. Read aloud passages from Table Talk. (some are sure to make you schnitzel…)
“Oh, if I could only pray the way this dog watches the meat! All his thoughts are concentrated on the piece of meat. Otherwise he has no thought, wish, or hope.”
“Almost every night when I wake up the devil is there and wants to dispute with me. I have come to this conclusion: When the argument that the Christian is without the law and above the law doesn’t help, I instantly chase him away with a fart.” (Martin Luther, Table Talk, 469)
6. Invite some relics to your Reformation Day party.
7. Put some Popery on to simmer.
8. Play “pin the beard on the theologian.” (Luther actually once had one!)
10. Spread a table full of indulgences, and then list 95 reasons why you shouldn’t have them.
11. Take turns catechizing one another.
12. Make a mixtape including MC Hammer’s “Hammer Time”, songs by The Martins, and break up songs like “One Less Problem without You” (dedicated to the RCC of course).
13. Play A Mighty Fortress is our God on kazoos (unless you happen to have an awesome Pipe Organ in your home), give the person who makes it through every stanza with the most breath a prize.
14. Take turns hurling Martin Luther type insults at one another (keep it as clean as you can, which probably means avoiding any references to the Pope or “Turks”).
15. Drink Root beer out of red Sola cups.