January 10, 2022

Eric Metaxas, "Luther" on creating a new denomination

... the last thing Luther had ever expected to do was be saddled with the unfathomable challenge of creating what amounted to a new church - or at least a new denomination. But the events of the past years had brought him to this curious historical pass, and now he faced the task of figuring out what things should be, not only for his own congregation in Wittenberg, but for all those others in surrounding towns - and some very far away too, who looked to him for leadership. He would have to puzzle out exactly what a worship service would be like, and in the course of doing this, would find himself writing music and hymns, for one of his signal achievements in history would be bringing congregational singing into the church.