LCMS congregations may host free screening of new Luther movie

Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod congregations and organizations can host a screening of the new full-length film “Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World” at a movie theater in their community.

Thanks to a special distribution arrangement, screenings are encouraged as a way to reach out to the community in celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. There is no cost to your congregation or organization to set up a screening, and the process is simple.

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Funded by a grant from Thrivent Financial, this entertaining new film brings to life the dramatic moments that shaped Luther, and it examines the universal questions he wrestled with, like “Who am I?” “What is my purpose?” and “How do I get right with God?”

Several Reformation scholars and historians, including Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, were involved in the production.

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16 Responses to LCMS congregations may host free screening of new Luther movie

  1. Dr. Albert E. Jabs January 25, 2017 at 5:03 pm #

    Terrific opportunity to share the Gospel.

  2. Rebecca Catchpole January 27, 2017 at 6:34 pm #

    Does a movie “Martin Luther, A Idea That Changed the World” have subtitle?

    • LCMS Church Information Center January 30, 2017 at 8:53 am #

      Thank you for your comment. The subtitle was included in the title and it is The Idea That Changed the Word.

      • Galt February 2, 2017 at 5:06 pm #

        The question is “Does the movie contain “subtitles” (i.e. captions displayed at the bottom of a movie or television screen that translate or transcribe the dialogue or narrative.)

  3. Denise Fuelling January 30, 2017 at 1:34 pm #

    Is this truly free to congregations who sponsor the movie and to those attending?

  4. Randall Benscoter February 9, 2017 at 8:31 pm #

    The is no cost to your congregation to host a screening at your local theater. The theater does charge moviegoers usual ticket prices. A percentage of the ticket price comes back to your congregation (as the screening’s host). You can designate those funds to any special mission or ministry you choose.

  5. George Horn March 13, 2017 at 9:42 am #

    In this anniversary year perhaps we should emphasize why we are Lutheran. With emphasis on the adherence to scripture in and out of church
    Revisiting the confessions, the catechism, all of the bullworks that God used Luther to build to guard our faith and protect his word. While the rest of the world examines from a worldly standpoint what the reformation was about
    And no doubt many of the stories told will evaluate it from a purely social stand point
    Leaving out the key points of scripture and faith.
    Having said all this I am truly looking forward
    To see this film as there have been some very good ones! But as Lutherans let’s use this year as a. REFORMATION REAFFIRMATION !

  6. Catherine Bakinow April 1, 2017 at 2:24 pm #

    Is this video in closed captioning for the deaf and hearing impaired? And if it is not, why? As a hearing impaired Lutheran who is familiar with Luther’s writings, I was unable to even follow the trailer because there was no closed captioning .

    • LCMS Church Information Center April 5, 2017 at 7:57 am #

      Thank you for your comment. Please call the production company at (262) 558-8437 with your question.

  7. April 16, 2017 at 11:30 am #

    Has CPH produced a Bible Study or a study on Luther to go along with the movie?

  8. Kara Cress April 19, 2017 at 1:26 pm #

    What is the difference between the movies: “Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World” and “Return to Grace: Luther’s Life and Legacy”

    • LCMS Church Information Center April 20, 2017 at 7:07 am #

      Thank you for your comment. They are basically the same movie; however, the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) made it more tailored to what they wanted to emphasize and changed the title.

  9. Eliza April 19, 2017 at 4:41 pm #

    Which Luther movie is this, the long version or the short version?

    • LCMS Church Information Center April 20, 2017 at 7:02 am #

      Thank you for your comment. The movie is one hour and forty-six minutes.

  10. April 20, 2017 at 11:32 am #

    Great Post ! I have read your other posts which are really informative for movie. Thanks

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