Reformers

Rudyard Kipling wrote “if you can force your heart and nerve and sinew, to serve your turn long after they are gone, and so hold on when there is nothing in you, except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!”…you’ll be a man my son” The giants that tower over the pages of history are those whose indomitable will prevailed long after everything else had failed them, whose unyielding faith in God sustained them  when the outlook was bleakest and whose penchant for secret communion with God buoyed them long after every semblance of hope had dissolved. These are the stories of the warriors of God who changed history, not by might, nor by power but solely by His spirit.

The Puritans: From the Age of Elizabeth to The Restoration

Who were the Puritans? One thing that history tells us about the Puritans is that a small group set sail from England aboard the Mayflower in search of a New World. Their main goal was to escape the absolutism that was subtly rising in England in favor of a country...

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John Knox: Scotland’s Greatest Reformer

There are so many words that can be used to describe John Knox; intrepid, inimitable, bold, courageous, tough, unflinching but the most fitting word would be focused. Knox had a single, all consuming goal that he had fixed his eyes upon and he pursued that goal...

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George Wishart: Scotland’s Forgotten Forerunner

The Epic of George Wishart: Exile and Return The story of George Wishart reads like an epic adventure of super heroes and villains. It’s short and sketchy at best but filled with the kind of plot twists and surprises that make it a page turner. Wishart was probably a...

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William Tyndale: Revolutionary For God

A Tale of Grit Addressing the Ephesian Elders who had come to visit him in Miletus Paul spoke some of the most powerful words recorded in Scripture. Referencing his impending imprisonment and the affliction that awaited him in Jerusalem he said “But none of these...

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John Calvin: Vanguard of the French Reformation

Early Years and Education John Calvin was born in Noyon, near Paris, on the 10th of July 1509. His father Gerhard, was an apostolic notary and secretary to the Bishop of Noyon. John was quiet, timid and unbelievably smart and he was soon enrolled in school but the...

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Huss and Jerome: Catalysts for the Bohemian Reformation

Jan Hus: Early Years and Education Jan Hus was born on the 6th of July 1373 in Hussinetz near the source of the Moldau River. His family were peasants and his father passed away soon after his birth leaving Huss’ widowed mother to raise him single-handedly. His mother...

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John Wycliffe: Morning Star of The Reformation

Early Years and Education John Wycliffe was born in the village of Hipswell, Yorkshire in 1324 and little is known of his early childhood and adolescence. He was sent to Oxford at the age of 16 where he became a scholar and later a fellow of Merton College.  While at...

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Zwingli and The Swiss Reformation

Early Years While the German Reformation was gaining traction under the influence of such thought leaders as Luther and Melancthon, the Swiss Reformation rose as a parallel movement, the two being joined together by similar ideologies and yet having very little actual...

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Columbanus: Celtic Missionary to Europe

Early Years and Education Born in 543 AD in Ireland, Columbanus was an Irish missionary who brought Bible truth to Europe at a time when it was inundated by Roman Catholic dogma. Fully surrendered to the will of God, Columbanus was a man who was exceptionally gifted...

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Martin Luther: Point-Man of the Reformation

Luther Becomes a Monk Luther And Staupitz Luther Goes to Wittenberg Luther Is Sent To Rome The Journey To Rome "Holy Rome, I Salute Thee" Luther's Return To Wittenberg Leo X: Sparking The Reformation A Thorn In Luther's Side Luther and 1517 The Reformation Begins...

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