At this point, we’ve gotten most of the video we need. The core of the project is the interviews with the Millers. That material will be used as a framework for the other interviews and illustrated with shots we’ve be gathering along the way. We may also get a chance to tape some short clips with Paul & his family.

bavaria6.jpgMonday, we took a drive through Bavaria, gathering what Andrew calls B-roll, which means things you can use to illustrate the main storyline of the video. Our first stop was in a little town with a big church, Ottobeuren. Next to the church is a large, and mostly unoccupied Benedictine monastery. The church is decorated in the Baroque style, which is apparently another word for overdone.



This is also a great place to illustrate the excesses of the Roman church–lots of veneration of saints, adoration of Mary, and opportunities to look out for your soul by lighting candles in front of the bones of dead men for a small fee. On the front of the church, it says in German, “The house of God and entrance to heaven.” I found myself quoting the last verse of 1 John: “Little children, guard yourselves from idols.” It struck me as ironic–or perhaps fitting–that the painting on the ceiling over the narthex of the church was of Jesus purging the money-changers from the temple.



bavaria7.jpgFrom Ottobeuren, we proceeded to the town of Marktoberdorf, the town where Terry & Ellen served for many years before coming to Augsburg. While in Marktoberdorf, they operated a tea room–as a gathering place and outreach for young people–on the first level of this house. Terry had not been in Marktoberdorf in many years, and his comments fluctuated between nostalgia and “things have really changed.”

After lunching at the Marktoberdorf McDonalds (we were kind of in a hurry), it was on to the south, to the town of bavaria3.jpgHohenschwangau, at the base of the Alps near the Austrian border. Hohenschwangau is home to two of King Ludwig’s (1845-1886) castles. One of these is Neuschwanstein, which is the most photographed building in Germany. Perhaps the most interesting fact about this castle is that it is not a medieval castle at all, but Ludwig had it built in the nineteenth century to fulfill something of a fantasy. Nevertheless, it’s a spectacular building in an equally spectacular setting. Here’s a couple other shots from the area:bavaria2.jpgbavaria1.jpg








Tuesday we continued our quest for B-roll footage around Augsburg. First we walked along the old city wall.


Then we visited the Rathaus (city hall), which has a spectacular room in it called the Golden Hall. You can see why.


Finally, we spent some time at a place called the Fuggerei, which is “the oldest social settlement in the world” founded in 1521 by Jakob Fugger and his brothers. Poor people still live here for about a $1.20 per year (less than half what it cost us to visit for one day). In addition to this “rent,” residents are require to say three daily prayers for the founders. One of these is the “Ave Maria,” or Hail Mary, which ensures that only Catholics participate.


Jakob Fugger was one of Luther’s enemies. It was Fugger’s bank which, as the pope’s agent in Germany, had the right to sell indulgences. John Tetzel, famous for the saying “When a coin in the coffer rings, a soul from purgatory springs,” was essentially a salesman for Fugger, who collected a 50% commission from the Church for gathering and transmitting the funds to Rome. Fugger’s wealth increased by a factor of ten through the sale of indulgences. As you might imagine, Fugger saw Luther’s movement as a threat to his great wealth and the power it enabled him to exercise. Until he died in 1525, Fugger worked to thwart the protestant cause.

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Today, we’re taking a day off from filming. Andrew decided he wanted to see Munich, so he took the train out this morning. I’m hanging out at the Miller’s house, working on bringing the blog up to date, and sorting out the lesson I’ll be teaching in Sunday School (back at CBC) this weekend.