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Here He Stood: Martin Luther (1483–1546)
Oct 31st, 2017
Luther stood not on the pronouncements of popes, or the decisions of councils, or the winds of popular opinion, but on “that word above all earthly powers.”
The Runaway Nun: Katharina von Bora (1499–1552)
Oct 30th, 2017
Katharina married Martin Luther to survive as a runaway nun, but their marriage proved to be a model in a time when “pastor’s wife” was a new role.
The Administrative Pastor: Johannes Bugenhagen (1485–1558)
Oct 29th, 2017
The Reformation required more than theological giants. It also demanded organizational geniuses.
The Happy Professor: Zacharius Ursinus (1534–1583)
He took the lead role in writing the Heidelberg Catechism, one of the most ringing affirmations of faith in all of Christian history.
The First Calvinist: Theodore Beza (1519–1605)
Theodore Beza gave form to what we now call Calvinism by explaining and defending the biblical doctrines Calvin had rediscovered.
The Teenage Martyr: Lady Jane Grey (c. 1537–1554)
Lady Jane Grey was a teenage victim of social and political conspiracy, beheaded at seventeen for her faith. But her life is far from a tragedy.
The Smile of the Reformation: Pierre Viret (1511–1571)
Pierre Viret knew how to contend for the truth of God’s word with theological rigor and courage. He also knew how to do it with a smile.
The Ink: Robert Estienne (1503–1559)
Robert Estienne was the premier printer of the Protestant cause. He put Reformation doctrine and the Bible itself into the hands of ordinary people.
The Genius of Geneva: John Calvin (1509–1564)
The key to John Calvin’s life: he recovered and embodied a passion for the absolute reality and majesty of God.
The Champion of the Kirk: John Knox (c. 1513–1572)
John Knox feared the face of no man, which equipped him to bring reform to his homeland in the Highlands.
The Radical Reformer: Conrad Grebel (c. 1498–1526)
Conrad Grebel is known as a “radical Reformer” — a leader who took the movement one step further by insisting on separating church from state.
The Majestic Beard of Zurich: Heinrich Bullinger (1504–1575)
Without Zwingli there would have been no Reformation in Zurich. Without Heinrich Bullinger it would not have lasted.
The Ordinary Virgin Mary: Hellen Stirke (Died 1543)
Hellen Stirke did not debate theology, write a treatise, or preach to hundreds. She just staked her soul on Scripture — and paid for it with her life.
The Accidental Reformer: Hans Gooseflesh (c. 1400–1468)
He never preached a sermon and never authored a theological treatise. He was a Reformer by accident — or, better, by common grace.
The Swiss Giant: Ulrich Zwingli (1484–1531)
Ulrich Zwingli brought the people of Zurich away from pomp, hypocrisy, and idolatry and back to the Bible, the gospel, and Jesus Christ.
The British Candle: Latimer (c. 1485–1555) and Ridley (c. 1502–1555)
One Lord, one faith, one stake. The story of two great Reformers burned at the same stake.
The French Firebrand: Guillaume Farel (1489–1565)
Guillaume Farel had faults — and they were real and known — but this French firebrand loved the gospel and devoted his life to sharing its riches.
The Gospel Lobbyist: Thomas Cranmer (1489–1556)
Thomas Cranmer led England from Roman Catholicism, and shaped England’s theology perhaps more than any other Reformer.
The Monastery’s Lost Houselamp: Johannes Oecolampadius (1482–1531)
When Johannes Oecolampadius returned to Basel in 1522, the people sung Latin in Mass. Ten years later, the Mass was gone and the songs were German.
The First Lady in France: Marie Dentière (c. 1495–1561)
What Marie Dentière lacked in feminine modesty or humility for her day, she made up for with unrivaled zeal for the gospel.
The Protestant Melting Pot: Martin Bucer (1491–1551)
He was the German glue of the Protestant movement — the unifier between the diverse strands of Reformation.
The Underground Translator: William Tyndale (c. 1494–1536)
William Tyndale gave his life so British commoners could know the Bible — not in Latin, but in their own mother tongue.
The Monday Morning Protestant: Thomas Becon (c. 1512–1567)
Thomas Becon brought the Reformation from the churches to the kitchens, courts, shipyards, and battlefields. All of life is a stage for worshiping God.
The Phoenix of Florence: Peter Martyr Vermigli (1499–1562)
After fifteen years of preaching Catholic doctrine, Peter Martyr awoke to the gospel, fled his home, and championed the Reformation across Europe.
The Fearless Pacifist: Menno Simons (1496–1561)
While searching for the doctrine of transubstantiation in Scripture, he discovered the gospel instead.
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