by Emily Kollbaum
Students gathered in Weller auditorium on Wednesday, Nov. 9 to celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther.
The celebration was held as part of the 500th Reformation Celebration. Luther’s birthday was November 10, 1483, and this year would have been his 533rd birthday. To commemorate his birthday, there was a gathering with hot chocolate and cookies followed by a showing of the movie “Luther.” The night ended with Praise and a special message from Rev. Dr. Mehl.
Mehl’s message focused on how students should live their lives as Christians. He talked about the difference between reformers and revolutionaries. His focus verse was Matthew 5:13-16, “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
His message encouraged students to be the light of the world.
“I looked at it less as an opportunity to talk about Martin Luther and more as an opportunity to talk about lowering the barriers, which is what Martin Luther tried to do and what I think the Holy Spirit does in us,” Mehl said. “Because of that, I was very glad to to it.”