The Reformation at 500 Years

Today, October 31, 2017, is the day that we celebrate the five hundredth anniversary of the Reformation. 500 years ago today, Martin Luther posted his famous, and to some infamous “95 Theses” to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. Posting a list of theses on the church door announced an academic debate. Luther […]

Core Values and Current Business Scandals

We have just finished the fall 2017 MBA course in Business Ethics, “Law, Ethics and Values in a Global Environment.” It is a challenge to complete the course in 8 weeks with depth of consideration of some large topics which require intensive discussion, but we get it done. We focus in three areas: ethical theories […]

The Deeper Dimension of Business Ethics

The traditional semester for undergraduate and graduate courses begins in just two weeks. I and my fellow professors are now finishing revisions to our courses. This happens often for me, as it does this year, after reading new material, new scholarship, or catching up on topics we have felt some weakness in. I know others […]

The Grandeur and Tragedy of the Reformation

We’ve been back now a couple of weeks from our tour of Reformation Germany, Switzerland, and Geneva. I have been thinking about what we saw, and the events and personalities from 400 and 500 years ago. The experience of being at a place, seeing where Luther, for example, lived and taught (Wittenberg), where he hid […]

Beauty and Unity in the Reformation

We have been in two “Reformed” centers, two very, very, very beautiful cities, having left the Luther Towns of Germany. First we were in Heidelberg on the Neckar river, the old town wedged in a narrow valley. This is the city of the famous Heidelberg Catechism, which begins by asking and answering, “What is your […]

Luther’s Table Talk and Quotes, and Bach too

Wittenberg, Erfurt, Eisenach, and Worms, these are the Luther towns we have visited. Erfurt was the town of the university he attended. He lived in Eisenach to attend the Latin school, and sang as a choir boy to earn money. At Worms he was examined before the emperor, Charles V, in 1521 and said the […]

Berlin and Wittenberg–Overwhelming!

The last two days for our tour have been overwhelming. As I write this, we are taking a brief break before dinner in our hotel in Halle, a Renaissance city which we will see this evening, the city of the composer Handel. Yesterday we spent in Berlin, a city still rebuilding after the fall of […]