Martin Luther (1483-1546) has had a huge influence on the way we understand the Christian faith. A couple of years ago, I spent a year slowly working through some of his works. I enjoyed the time and learned a lot.
If you are interested in getting an overview of Luther’s life and ministry, a great place to start would be the new interview with Dr. Carl Trueman on Reformed Forum. He is one of my favorite church historians and has written several works on Luther. In the interview they especially focus on his ministry as a pastor, but the conversation serves as a good introduction to his life and work.
Understanding Luther goes a long way towards understanding the main differences between Catholicism and biblical Christianity. As much as things change in this world, Luther’s main theological vision remains relevant to life and ministry in the 21st century.