Monthly Archives: October 2012

10K Milestone

Yesterday I started thinking about what I would post to celebrate the passing of the 10,000 view mark on my blog. I thought I would have until sometime later this week and would have time for some deep thought and research. However, the passing of the 10,000 mark happened sooner than expected as today was a record day for visits to my blog.

I had also been thinking of what to post this evening. I usually choose something light for Wednesday since I don’t have as much time in the evening. I was thinking of posting a Halloween joke, so I will also add it in here. The answer will be at the end of the post.

Why do software programmers get Halloween and Christmas confused?

Now back to the 10,000 view milestone. I had to think if I had a picture to illustrate a milestone.Roman Milestones in the Shephelah - Near Tell Goded or Marasheth Gath

I remembered that we had pulled over to the side of the road on the last day of my trip to Israel to view a set of Roman milestones from the bus. Here they are, but I have not had time to look up more detail about them. Perhaps in a future post. I do know roughly where we were. We had just been in the Elah Valley and were on our way to Tell Goded or Marasheth Gath. The prophet Micah was from Marasheth Gath. You can see more pictures from this area in my post: The Shephelah

In the post on the Shephelah you can also see sites that are related to Samson, David and Goliath and a look at Joppa where we ended the day.

The post that brought record traffic to my blog today was about Martin Luther and the beginning of the Reformation Movement. It was 495 years ago on October 31st that he posted his 95 theses. A post that I made this weekend about the costume party I went to also contributed to the traffic.

Since the post about Martin Luther and the Reformation Movement was popular, it reminds me that I need to write a few more posts about Anabaptist history and how the Mennonites and Amish fit into the Reformation Movement.

So, thanks for all the visits to my blog. You will all be rewarded soon with pictures and posts that I have told myself will not be shared until I reach 10,000 views and 100 followers. Both of these milestones were reached this week. Now I have to deliver. But, nobody knows which ones they are, so you won’t know if I deliver everything or not ;-).

Steven

Oh, you want the answer to the joke? It is because Oct 31 = Dec 25

Reformation Day

Tomorrow, October 31, is Reformation Day. It was on this day 495 years ago that Martin Luther attached his list of issues to the door of theĀ All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Germany.

I have not been to Wittenberg, but I have been to a few other Luther sites in Germany. I will share a couple pictures here and a little commentary.

Lutherhaus - Eisanach, Germany - Reformation DayI visited the Lutherhaus in Eisenach, Germany back in March, 2002. You can tell by the quality of the picture that this was some time ago. I took this picture with my digital camera that saved pictures on floppy diskettes.

Martin Luther boarded in this nice half-timbered house with the Cotta Family from 1498 – 1501 while going to school in Eisenach. There is now a nice museum in the house. There were a lot of nice multimedia exhibits that cover his entire life and teachings.

Wartburg - Eisenach, Germany - Martin Luther - Reformation Day
Luther was in Eisenach again in 1521 and 1522. This time he was in hiding at the Wartburg after he was excommunicated by Pope Leo X after the ‘Edict of Worms’ was published against him. The picture above shows the room in the Wartburg where Martin Luther translated the New Testament from Latin into German.

Here is a closer look at the portrait on the wall.

Junker Joerg - Portrait of Martin Luther - Wartburg - Reformation Day
While hiding at the Wartburg, Luther disguised himself as a country squire and was known as Junker Joerg. The portrait was painted by Lucas Cranach the Elder who was well know for his portraits and for paintings of religious subjects.

Enjoy Reformation Day and reflect on the consequences of Martin Luther’s actions 495 years ago. But remember, it is better to restore than reform.

Steven