The English Reformation

The word “Reformation” immediately brings to mind a young Martin Luther, his 95 theses, and his memorable stand at the Diet of Worms. But did Luther’s writings have any influence in England? And what led certain English reformers to similar, sometimes identical, convictions about justification and biblical authority? In this issue of Credo Magazine we are introduced to some of the key English reformers, men like William Tyndale, Thomas Cranmer, and many others. Outstanding pastors and scholars tell us how the Reformation took root in England under very different political circumstances than Germany and why many of these reformers were willing to be martyred for their faith.

Feature articles by premier thinkers

Tender Mercy
Archbishop Cranmer on the Lord’s Supper and Grace Alone
by Andrew Atherstone

The martyred Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer, was responsible for creating the Book of Common Prayer (1549, revised 1552), the historic Reformation prayers of the Church of England. His liturgy of the Lord’s Supper brings the gospel essentials into wonderfully clear focus with its emphasis on salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. …

 

Getting the Gospel Plough Going
The Case of Hugh Latimer, Bishop of Worcester
by Sam Fornecker

Preaching on the afternoon of 9 June, 1536, the Bishop of Worcester, Hugh Latimer (c.1487-1555), cast a startling vision for the reforming of the English pastoral ministry. Startling, because it was at the feet of his audience – a crowd including bishops and deans, archdeacons and diocesan clergy – that Latimer laid the responsibility for England’s spiritual decrepitude. …

 

"A setter-forth of Christ's glory"
The witness of Thomas Cranmer
by Michael A.G. Haykin

My seventeenth-century forebears learned much of their Reformed theology from Reformed ministers in the Church of England and it was in the heart of that body that they were nurtured on the spirituality of the Reformation. And in the earliest days of that state Church no figure exercised as great an influence as the “reluctant martyr” Thomas Cranmer (1489–1556), the first Reformed Archbishop of Canterbury. …

 

The Reformation of the Pulpit
by Michael Jensen

The Reformation represented a theological shift that involved an entirely different way of thinking about the Word of God. Famously, of course, this led to the creation of the English Bible and a liturgy that directed that it be read aloud in church. In turn, this also meant that preaching and the preacher would come to have an entirely new – and central – significance for the English church of the Reformation. …

 

The martyr who saved the Reformation

Feature interview with Leslie Williams

10 Questions with Ken Berding

The biblical languages are crucial to understanding the meaning of the biblical text. However, students often struggle to learn Greek and Hebrew. Ken Berding has found a creative, even exciting way to learn New Testament Greek. …

The Father of the English Reformation
by Joseph V. Carmichael

William Tyndale (1494-1536) dedicated his life to the translation of the Bible into English. It was the pioneering efforts of Bible-translators like Tyndale, along with the martyr-fires of those such as Ridley and Latimer, of Lady Jane Grey and Anne Askew that helped transform England into a Protestant nation. …

The Holiness without which no one will see the Lord
Michael Nelson

Sanctification can be a confusing concept to many believers.  With the variety of teachings on holiness ranging from Keswick understandings of a “let go and let God” approach, to strains within evangelicalism leading to passivity or legalism, Sinclair Ferguson’s book, Devoted to God is more than welcomed.  …

Blessed lord, which hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning; grant us that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them; that by patience, and comfort of thy holy word, we may embrace, and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our saviour Jesus Christ.
-Thomas Cranmer

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