Dr. Mark T. Esper was confirmed by a vote in the Senate, 89-6, to become the 23rd secretary of the Army shortly after noon on Wednesday. President Donald Trump nominated Esper in July to become secretary of the Army. In testimony before the . Senate, Nov. 2, 2017, Esper laid out for lawmakers his priorities if confirmed as secretary. "If confirmed, my first priority will be readiness -- ensuring the total Army is prepared to fight across the full spectrum of conflict," Esper said. "With the Army engaged in over 140 countries around the world, to include combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, training rotations to Europe to deter Russia, and forward deployed units in the Pacific defending against a bellicose North Korea, readiness must be our top priority." Readiness, he said, starts with ensuring the Army has the best possible Soldiers in the force.
Indeed. This is because, at this stage in the game, young Luther didn’t consider himself anything more than a “reformist Catholic,” as one scholar put it in a recent Lutheran Quarterly essay . Most readers are also surprised to find the great protestant clearly accepts purgatory and the authority of the pope in his theses. This all changed soon enough. Luther’s boldness grew later the following year, starting his metamorphosis from friendly reformer to a prophetic protester. He certainly didn’t become a “Protestant,” much less a “Lutheran,” on All Saints Eve of 1517. If anything, that day was actually Moving-Toward-Reformation Day.