As I mentioned in passing in another photography post, no, I'm not wealthy. In the early 2000s, my wife and I had the privilege of going overseas a few times, mostly to Europe, to work on a history project with Ligonier Ministries. Basically, I served as her grip, while she shot tons of B-roll.
A few items of note I remember from this particular part of the trip:
- Germany has a very fine selection of local wines from which to choose.
- We met and were guided by international pilgrimage guide and now author Arthur Pahl on this trip (he went on to guide us on our subsequent three trips). One of the sweetest men you'll meet. "Pine Tree!" (sorry, inside joke.)
- The High Relief Judensau on the facade of the Wittenberg Town Church, as well as the new monument beneath it.
- Seeing R.C. Sproul teach on the (supposed) precise spot where Luther himself prayed, "Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me. Amen." For R.C., this was clearly a true spiritual pilgrimage. In both theology and demeanor, R.C. deliberately, if not a little unconsciously, seemed (at least up to that time) to model himself after Luther.
|Stadtkirche Wittenberg (Town and Parish Church of St. Mary's)|
It features a triptych by Lucas Cranach the Elder.
|St. Andrews Church, Eisleben|
Luther preached the last four sermons of his life in 1546 in this pulpit.
|Site of Luther's birth house, Eisleben|
The Castle Keep (a bergfried tower)
|St. Elizabeth's Boudoir (mosaics done ca. 1900), Wartburg|
|Augustinian Cloister, Erfurt|
After 1505, Luther lived in the monastery and in 1507
he became priest in Erfurt Cathedral.