95 Theses Celebration

  • 500th Celebration of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses

    October 30 & 31, 2017

    500th Anniversary Celebration

    On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther tacked a document on the door of the Wittenberg Cathedral entitled, “The Ninety-Five Theses.” Historians have long marked this moment as a major turning point in the 16th Century Protestant Reformation. The document resonated with many Europeans who felt the same frustration with the institutional church that Luther described, and it launched a revolution out of which some of our most cherished beliefs formed, such as:

    • the Bible is the most reliable source of truth about God
    • grace is free
    • our faith is what grants us the opportunity to relate to a personal God who loves us
    • the priesthood of the believer

    This year is the 500th anniversary of this epic event. The Logsdon School of Theology and Seminary are celebrating by inviting Dr. J. Bradley Creed, a church historian and the President of Campbell University in North Carolina, to come share with us why Luther is still relevant today.


    Monday, October 30th

    • 7:00pm │ Logsdon Chapel
      “Martin Luther and the Reformation of the University”

    Tuesday, October 31st

    • 9:30am │ Behrens Chapel
      “You can see Wittenberg from Abilene (If There’s Not a Dust Storm on the Callahan Divide): How a Historical Event That is Five Hundred Years Old Today Still Has a Continuing Influence on Your Life.”
    • 12:00 pm │ Johnson Building Multi-Purpose Room
      Pinson Lecture: “Martin Luther’s Baptist Legacy”


    Dr. J. Bradley Creed

    Dr. J. Bradley Creed an accomplished leader of mission-driven institutions and a scholar and historian of religion, began his duties as Campbell University’s fifth president on July 1, 2015. Previously, Dr. Creed was the provost, executive vice president, and professor of religion at Samford University, a private Christian university in Birmingham, Alabama. Prior to joining Samford, Dr. Creed was a professor of Christian history, associate dean, and dean at the George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He has also served as the scholar-in-residence at the Baptist Joint Committee on Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C., and visiting professor of church history at the John Leland Center for Theological Studies in Falls Church, Virginia. Earlier in his career, he served as pastor of churches in Texas and Louisiana. A Jacksonville, Texas, native, Dr. Creed received a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Baylor University, graduating cum laude. He earned his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He pursued further study in Harvard University’s Management Development Program and in the Spanish language program at Academia Hispano Americano in Mexico. Dr. Creed’s wife, Kathy, is an educator by training and previously was a public school teacher and administrator in Texas and Louisiana. The Creeds’ family includes son Charles; daughter Carrie Grace; and one grandson, James Noble Creed. A daughter, Caitlin, died in 2007 during her freshman year in college.