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Jacques LeFèvre

Many scholars consider Jacques LeFèvre (Jacob Faber) a pre-reformer. In fact, he was not, as will become plain.   Who was he? LeFèvre was a Frenchman, born in Etaples, in the province of Picardy, about 1455. So he was in fact born before the Reformation began. Significant is that he was a humanist. Humanists were […]

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Making Mud Pies in a Slum

Have you ever considered what the church world would look like today if Martin Luther had not been around to start the Protestant Reformation? What if this was the front page article of the Wittenberg Times in July 1505? Promising Student Found Dead “On Wednesday, July 2 a group of travelers making their way through […]

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True Courage

This October, we’ll celebrate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther pounding the 95 Theses onto the door of the church in Wittenberg, starting what we now call the Reformation. We’ll hear a lot about heroes of faith and courage, and we might wonder how those heroes had such courageous faith. The Bible uses the phrase […]

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Discussion on the Canons

This discussion is reprinted from the first issue of Beacon Lights, January, 1941. It asks and answers some very important questions about creeds and confessions that we must know. This discussion is continued in the four installments of Beacon Lights following January 1941. You can see them at beaconlights.org. A couple of typing mistakes found in the original […]

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Excerpt from the pamphlet “The Reformation and Twentieth Century Protestantism.” October 31 is the anniversary of the Reformation of the church—“Reformation Day.” On the 31st of October in the year 1517, in Wittenberg, Germany, the monk and university professor Martin Luther nailed to the door of the great Church a list of 95 propositions, or […]

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The Ploughboy (2)

Water lapped the sides of the ship as it docked in England’s busiest port. Fog had settled in nicely with the darkness to provide a murky blanket of cover. And cover was what they needed. “Roll main sail! Drop anchor!” Sailors bustled over deck and pier to bring the great hull of the ship safely […]

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October 31, 1517

The winds of autumn were upon them, hurling straggling leaves as well as the scarves and cloaks of those upon the path. But the wind did not daunt them. No, it was a special day. They held their coats and hats tightly around themselves and pressed onward, the wind following them all the way to […]

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A Child of the Reformation

I am a child of the I6lh century Reformation. I make known that fact with the least hesitation. My spiritual fathers had an inheritance so grand Now given to me wherein by grace alone I stand.   Blessed is that heritage, a great wealth untold, Incomparable even to all of the creation’s gold. The Scriptures […]

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The Reformation

After darkness, light The fearful hold of priest-craft gone As the gospel shines among us throng. After blindness, sight   After chains, release. The church’s war with God is o’er And Satan masters us no more. After conflict, peace.   After merit, grace. No longer to the Pope we bow For Christ the King is […]

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Remembering the Reformation

The only Reformed Cathedral in the world is found in the Swiss city of Geneva. The picture shows you a recent photograph of the main entrance, made of natural stone in the eleventh century in the highest part of the city. In 1534 the building was given to the Reformed Congregation and all the statues […]

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