The Reformation Film Series

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The Portage Lake District Library will host the Houghton Seventh Day Adventist Church for a weekly series of films about the 500 year history of the Reformation.


Each session in the series was filmed at historic sites by Pastor John Bradshaw of the “It Is Written” television ministry. Each film will be followed by a discussion.


The programs are as follows:


Thursday, September 6, 6:30 p.m.

Session 1: The Reformation

On October 31 in 1517, a priest in a small town in Germany changed Western civilization forever. As Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the Castle Church door, the Protestant Reformation began. Five hundred years later, is the Reformation over, or is there still work to be done? Join John Bradshaw on location across Europe in the opening film of the “It Is Written 500” series.


Thursday, September 13, 6:30 p.m.

Session 2: The Celtic Connection

All around the world on March 17, people celebrate the life and work of St. Patrick in Ireland. How did this small town man become a global icon, and how is he connected to the Reformation? Join John Bradshaw on location in Ireland to learn more about St. Patrick.


Tuesday, September 18, 6:30 p.m.

Session 3: A Lamp Unto My Feet

In rural England, a monument stands to one of the great heroes of the Reformation. Join John Bradshaw on location in England and explore the life of William Tyndale, the man who translated the Bible into English.


Thursday, September 27, 6:30 p.m.

Session 4: Rome and the Reformation

When the Protestant Reformation challenged the authority of the established church 500 years ago, it took on what had become the most powerful institution in the history of Western civilization. Join John Bradshaw on location in Rome and learn how the Church of Rome rose to power and how the Reformation changed it all.


Thursday, October 4, 6:30 p.m.

Session 5: Here I Stand

Join John Bradshaw on location in Germany and follow the footsteps of Martin Luther.


Thursday, October 11, 6:30 p.m.

Session 6: The Counter Reformation

Join John Bradshaw on location in Europe as he explores the strategy of the Catholic Church to press back against the advances of the Protestant Reformation.


Tuesday, October 16, 6:30 p.m.

Session 7: A Wall of Separation

Eventually, the Protestant Reformation would drive the Puritans to not only separate themselves from the church by doctrine but also by distance. Join John Bradshaw on location in New England as he explores why the Pilgrims headed to the new world and learn how they shaped the cornerstone of the American experience and how the final stages of the Reformation were set in motion.


Tuesday, October 23, 6:30 p.m.

Session 8: Tell It to the World

Join John Bradshaw on location in New England and discover how William Miller’s study of Bible prophecy shook the world.


Thursday, November 1, 6:30 p.m.

Session 9: Finishing the Reformation

Join John Bradshaw on location in New England and learn about the last day movement.


Library presentations are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570 or visit





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