Bird’s Eye View 33.1: Luther Lectures – St. John’s Lutheran, Mukwonago (part 1 of 3)

In this Bird’s Eye View episode, we bring you the first of a three-part series from a talk that Wade gave at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mukwonago, WI. Wade was asked to talk on Luther and the reformation, and he did so following the rough outline suggested by Martin Brecht’s three-volume series on Luther. This first part of his talk covers Luther’s early years, up to the early part of the Reformation. This is roughly the time the Brecht covers in his first volume: Martin Luther – His Road to Reformation 1483-1521.

Wade is grateful to St. John’s for having him come and speak, and we are grateful to them for allowing Wade to record it so that we could share it with our listeners. Stay tuned for the next two installments of this series.

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