Reformation 2017: Re-Fermenting the Church

A video series by Ron Rude, campus pastor

My thesis: it’s time for a new brew.
Martin Luther is presumed to have posted his famous 95 Theses on October 31, 1517. Germany was on the Julian calendar then, so the 31stwas a Saturday. In that spirit and for the fun of it, on each of the first 12 Saturdays in 2017 I will be posting a new “RON Talk” on YouTube. Each talk is 10-15 minutes.
To find the first RON Talk, go to, and type in “RON Talk 1A.” For the second Talk, type in “RON Talk 1B,” and so on.
The flow goes like this: 
  •  Parts 1A, 1B, 1C will look at medieval Christianity, what Luther and the Reformers did to it, and several Lutheran nuances. 
  • Parts 2A, 2B, 2C will explore worldview-changing paradigm shifts that have occurred in the past 500 years, especially in Technology/Scientism, Societal Transformations, and Biblical Scholarship. 
  • With a Christian theology grounded in the Natural Sciences and Sustainability, Parts 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 3E, 3F will offer a way forward for the next 500 year leg of the reforming, re-fermenting journey.
Everything is free. This project is my attempt to wrestle honestly with the questions, “where are we, and where do we go from here?”
Feel free to share these “RON Talks” with colleagues and friends, use in study groups, post on Facebook, etc. Please utilize as desired. I welcome your insights/questions/puzzlements/breakthroughs, too, at:  or
I count myself among those who feel 2017 is a good time to begin a new Reformation in the Christian Church, this one perhaps with Catholics and Protestants (and maybe even other religions) together. Maybe you do too.
Peace, in Christ
Ron Rude, Lutheran campus pastor
@ University of Arizona (Tucson)