Men’s study on Luther set at the Clarion

A man who felt lost and desperate before an exacting, heavenly judge became an ambassador of God’s mercy and the gospel’s message that Christians are made righteous by faith through grace.

“A Man named Martin,” Faith Lutheran Church’s men’s Bible study, focuses on Martin Luther, the 15th-Century Catholic friar and theologian who launched the Protestant Reformation.

The group, already underway, is meeting at 8 a.m. Nov. 4 and Nov. 11 at Columbus’ Clarion Hotel, 2480 Jonathan Moore Pike. Breakfast is in the dining room, followed by the study at 8:30 a.m. in the Assembly Room upstairs in the convention center wing.

Luther’s life and times are examined through the lens of history, religion and theology. Expanding on commentary from the Rev. Gregory Seltz, the speaker for The Lutheran Hour radio program, numerous scholars add their expertise and perspective to render a look at a servant who changed history.

Details of Luther’s life — his childhood with his parents, his university pursuits, his decision to become a monk, his protestation of Catholic practices, his voluminous and scholastic output, his life in hiding, and his roles as husband and father — are all considered in this study.

Information: 812-342-3587 or faithontheweb.org.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at bblair@therepublic.com or 812-379-5672.