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WSWJ 104.7FM to highlight Martin Luther 500th anniversary with documentary-style series

Many people are surprised to learn that trust in organized religion has declined in recent years. In fact, the Pew Research Center recently released a report revealing that the Christian percentage of the population fell 8 percent between 2007 and 2014.

Starting Oct. 26, during A Pale Horse Rides, WSWJ 104.7FM will explore what the Bible has to say about Christianity's future. In addition, stories from the 1,200 years that led up to Martin Luther's Reformation will illustrate this topic.

This series, hosted by Voice of Prophecy speaker/director Shawn Boonstra, will take a documentary-style, Bible-based approach to this topic. Boonstra recently traveled to countries such as Ireland and Germany to make history come to life and tell the story of an intriguing group of ancient barbarians who mysteriously converted and built their faith solely upon the words of the Bible.

"These fearless men and women lived their faith during some of this world's darkest hours," Boonstra said. "They paved the way for Luther ... as well as us. Your own faith will be deepened by what they accomplished."

This series will address questions such as:

• What happened to the Christian churches outside of the Roman Empire?

• How, exactly, did our ancestors become Christians?

• How does the Bible deal with the fact that Christians are sometimes less than Christlike?

• What would the church look like without the merger of church and state?

• How can we have the strong faith of our ancestors?

WSWJ 104.7FM is hosting this series at the Red Wing Pottery Museum. A Pale Horse Rides will involve both documentary-style and live elements, featuring local moderator Brian Beavers.

All are welcome to attend this free event, and all attendees will receive a copy of Boonstra's new book, "A Pale Horse Rides."

A Pale Horse Rides begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, at the Red Wing Pottery Museum, 240 Harrison St. It will continue at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 27-28. You may register to attend on-site during this free event, by calling 651-955-4032, or by visiting