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  1. Dorinda Sherman Mowatt

    February 25, 2016 at 7:51 am

    I was raised Lutheran. I love history. So, I am thoroughly enjoying these podcasts. This is a wonderful way to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Thank you for developing and presenting these podcasts.

    • Steve

      February 26, 2016 at 5:03 am

      Ms. Mowatt,

      Thanks for your note at the website and the review at iTunes. Having been mostly a consumer of podcasts, I almost never left any feedback to the podcasters. Now, being on this side of the mic, I didn’t realize how much it means to know there is someone who isn’t a family member of friend at the other end of the speaker listening and enjoying the program. As you might imagine, it has been a lot of work, and with my “day job”, and family life, finding time to research and write has been difficult. Your kind thoughts make it that much easier to persevere when tired or frustrated.

      If you would like, you can sign up for a newsletter at the website. ( ) I will be sharing pics of churches I have/will be visiting on my travels, and also, this would be another way to get notice that I am publishing the next episodes.

      Thanks again, now back to reading about Dr. Martin!

  2. Stephen Murray

    March 7, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    I just returned from a trip to Wittenberg and enjoyed listening to your podcast as part of the journey. If you’re interested, I could send a link to the flikr photos?

    • Steve

      March 8, 2016 at 12:05 am

      Mr. Murray,

      Thanks for your note! Cool to think you were listening to this in the place where it all started! I’ll send you a note to see about your offer regarding the pics.


  3. Hi Steve,

    I’ve just found your podcasts when trawling the internet for research on Martin Luther and they’ve been very interesting as starting points for my research – though it’s actually his relationship and life with Katharina which interests me most as I’m hoping to bring out a novel based on that relationship in time for the anniversary in October 2017. My passion is for historical authenticity whenever possible, and so if you could point me in the direction of any sources (in English) that might help I’d be grateful. In particular I’m interested in any transcripts of letters written to or by Luther, as I understand that what little information there is on Katharina seems to stem from letters.

  4. I’ve much enjoyed the episodes so far–I’m up through Saxony. I’m curious as to where the bulk of your source material comes from, something I haven’t heard you address so far. My “go to” book for those interested in a more popular history is James Kittleson’s “Luther the REformer–the story of the man and his career.” There are certainly longer, more thorough, and more theologically intensive works “out there” but if you are looking for a reasonable way to be introduced to Luther, it’s a good place to start. The first couple pages of the book are a little depressing, as you Professor Kittelson gives a pretty grim picture of what the middle ages looked like. I’m very much enjoying your work, keep it up.

    • Steve

      May 14, 2016 at 1:20 pm

      Mr. Anderson,

      Thanks for your email. Kittleson’s book is very good and very readable, and I have been using that in the stable of books about the era. As for Martin himself, I have relied on: Luther: Man between God and the Devil, by Heiko A. Oberman; Martin Luther: Visionary Reformer, by Scott H. Hendrix; Here I Stand, by Roland H. Blanton; and to a lesser extent, Martin Luther by Martin Marty. There are several other books as related to the Holy Roman Empire, the Black Death and the Papacy.

      One of these days I’ll get around to putting a complete bibliography on the website.

      Thanks for listening!

  5. Jennifer Diedrick

    September 1, 2016 at 2:59 am

    Hi Steve. I just found your podcast just a few days ago and am hooked! I was raised Lutheran, am the wife of a Lutheran pastor, (I have five pastors in the family) and always want to learn more about this very brave defender of the faith. I truly enjoy listening to you give an overview of the Kings, popes, and the times in which Luther lived. Thank you for your hard work!

    • Steve

      October 25, 2016 at 1:23 am

      Jennifer, Thanks for the kind words and for listening. As I often say during the show, emails and reviews and feedback in general really helps feel like what I am doing has some value. Thanks again for listing!

  6. Map is difficult to read and should be enlargeable.

    Interesting series, currently at episode 7.

    • Steve

      November 24, 2016 at 12:52 pm

      Thanks for the feedback. I will take a look at the map, and see what we can do. So glad your are enjoying the series!

  7. Very thorough first part history of the papacy, though you are adding an extraneous syllable on the word ‘diocese.’ It is pronounced DYE-uh-sees not DY-aw-saw-sees.

    • Steve

      May 27, 2017 at 6:03 pm

      My Reply to Mr. Walsh…Thanks for the correction! I will lead with my correction in the next episode. It is a funny thing; I knew it just didn’t sound right when recording it!

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