To celebrate the 500 year anniversary of Luther swinging his hammer—if you want to learn more about the Reformation, or maybe you want to keep reforming—here are 13 resources.
The Number One Essential Reformation Resource
Your Bible! The Reformation happened because the Bible took center stage in the ministries of Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, etc. If you want to live in the spirit of the Reformation, live in and with the sword of the Spirit. Read the Bible. Enjoy the Bible. Wycliffe and Tyndale fought, and died, for you to have a copy of the Bible in English. Don’t take it for granted.
Books on The Gospel
The Reformation was the recovery of the gospel of grace. So, read books about the gospel and enjoy its riches. Continue the Reformation, and our personal and church-wide reforming around God’s grace with resources like:
- The Gospel by Ray Ortlund. True reforming around the gospel will involve our doctrine and our church culture.
- Gospel Wakefulness & Gospel Deeps by Jared C. Wilson. These books are packed with sticks of gospel-dynamites
- Gospel Formed by J.A. Medders. I wrote a book on how the gospel (re)forms us too.
Quick Reads (and a Movie!) on the Reformation
The Unquenchable Flame by Michael Reeves. More info about other Reformers than just Luther. God was at work all around Europe.
How a Monk and a Mallet Changed the World by Stephen Nichols. First book on read on the Reformation and still one of my favorites.
Luther DVD. A great documentary on Luther and the Reformation. Interviews with some heavy-hitters.
Studies on the Theology of the Reformation
5 Solas Series. Here’s a sermon series I did on the 5 Solas of the Reformation.
Why The Reformation Still Matters by Michael Reeves & Tim Chester. A nice overview of the key doctrines and distinctives of Reformation theology.
Reformation Theology: A Systematic Summary. This is a big book. Good info. More meat on the bones than the previous book.
Calvin’s Institutes (1541 Edition). Maybe dive right into the works of Calvin. This edition was paired down by Calvin, and he considered this to be the best edition of his landmark work.
Echoes of the Reformation by Brandon Smith, and videos by Al Mohler, Trevin Wax, and Kevin DeYoung