Centuries later, these two Christian groups are working towards unity.
Talk about deus ex machina.
Martin Luther told his followers to pray for Jews to convert to Christianity. Centuries later, the Evangelical Church in Germany is wrestling with its past.
Blink and you'll miss this incredible moment of unity.
She is thirty feet high and weighs 36 thousand pounds and every inch of her voluptuous and barely-concealed anatomy is alluring - except perhaps for the two naked and wizened old men who sit in the palms of each of her upraised hands, one a pope the other an emperor.
How does one stay spiritually limber? Start with stretches, including hearing those with whom one disagrees and thinking through their arguments. But that's just a warm-up. There is nothing that will stretch a person like actually doing what Jesus instructs his disciples to do.
With the Iowa caucuses upon us, it seems like every Republican tramping through the snow claims to be a Bible-believing, God-fearing, Jesus-loving Christian. Some trot out their parents; others offer personal conversion stories. Some defend persecuted Christians; others explain their policies in Biblical terms. It's a fruitless exercise.
I also enjoyed researching and updating our guidebooks (in Greece, Rome, Florence, Tuscany, South France, and South England), which helped me scout new TV episodes (for Tuscany and South England) and refine our newest Rick Steves Europe Tours Villages of South England itinerary.
Martin Luther sparked controversy by challenging the authority of the Catholic Church.