A Walk with the Reformers: Reformation Reflections from
Southeastern Seminary’s Reformation 500 Study Tour
Stephen B. Eccher
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. But while scores of events, conferences, and pilgrimages to Germany are being undertaken to celebrate the Reformation, what exactly is being commemorated? Moreover, how should Luther be remembered? And how does what took place five hundred years ago have any relevance to and impact upon the church today? The following essay is a reflective journal based upon an eleven-day study tour to Germany and Switzerland undertaken during the summer of 2017 through Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. This essay con- siders the perplexing and at times paradoxical world of the Reformers. It explores not only the Reformers’ victories, but also their failings.
Key Words: Anabaptist, Buchenwald, Jews, Luther, Marburg, Protestant, Refor- mation, sola, Wittenberg, Worms, Zwingli