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Tuesday
Nov142017

William Tyndale: Mercy Rejoiceth Against Judgment 

Wm Tyndale, a martyr for the Gospel, is commemorated in this stained glass window in Wycliffe College Chapel in Toronto. (Photo: Sue Careless) 


By David Widdicombe

IN A SMALL CITY near Brussels on October 6th, 1536, England’s greatest translator of the New Testament was strangled and burned at the stake. His dying prayer was, “Lord, open the King of England’s eyes.” That man was William Tyndale and those eyes belonged to the one man

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Tuesday
Nov142017

Eight Great Reformation Hymns

(Photo: DesignPics)

ONE EASY and obvious way to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation is by singing some of the great Reformation hymns. After all, congregational singing was one of the glorious gifts of the Reformation. Here are eight hymns from that era, which have long been

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Tuesday
Nov142017

Crucial for Christian Living: Grasping the Distinction between Justification & Sanctification

Martin Luther, Thomas Cranmer and Richard Hooker all strongly influenced the doctrine of the Anglican Church, although Cranmer and Hooker added some unique Anglican points regarding justification and sanctification. (Public Domain)

By David Smith

THIS YEAR, churches that are heirs to the Reformation are celebrating the 500th anniversary of that great movement within the Church. As we remember the Reformation, it is good for Anglicans to remind ourselves of what it was that the reformers taught and why we ought to be thankful for their teaching.

A key point in the Reformation was

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Tuesday
Nov142017

Travelling Through the Reformation 

Rick Steves with a 400-year-old Luther Bible. (Photo: RickSteves.com)

Reviewed by Sue Careless

A GREAT PLACE TO BEGIN, if you are looking for a quick overview of the Reformation, is with Rick Steves’ program Luther and the Reformation. The amiable Steves is best known for his entertaining European travelogues but there is some sound research and careful writing behind this 55-minute video, which can be accessed freely on YouTube.

The program takes into account not only the theology but also

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Tuesday
Nov142017

Left Behind: John Calvin & the Six Solas of the Reformation

Portrait of Calvin attributed to Hans Holbein the Younger. (Public Domain)

By Jon Vickery

FIVE HUNDRED YEARS after Martin Luther nailed his ninety-five theses to the Castle Church in Wittenberg on October 31, 1517, many Protestants are setting aside their accustomed distaste for liturgical feast days, and are celebrating the galaxy of sixteenth-century reformer-saints with gusto. Some will limit their celebrations to beer and sausage, peppered with a few anecdotes of Luther’s admirable earthiness. But others will want to savour the Reformation

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