The Impact of Jan Hus

The Impact of Jan Hus

One of the significant influences on Martin Luther (1483-1546), the great German Reformer, was Jan Hus (1373-1415), the bold and intrepid Reformer of Bohemia. Hus paved the way for Luther’s work, and Luther himself when he was accused of being a “Hussite” declared that he was happy to be identified with a man like Jan […]

Digging for Insights on Luther

As I prepare to teach on Martin Luther’s life and theology this coming Sunday at Redeemer Presbyterian Church here in Austin, I find myself reaching back into some “classic” treatments of Luther! What a treasure these four volumes are. Each one has stood the test of time and proven over and over to be a […]

The Legacy of John Wycliffe

I just finished revising an article I wrote many years ago about Dr. John Wycliffe (c.1330-1384), the translator of the English Bible. Here is a comment about the lasting impact of his work: “Let us imagine him in his quiet study: on his table is the Vulgate text, corrected after the best manuscripts; and lying […]

Reflecting on John Wycliffe

Over this past week I’ve been updating an article I wrote 25 years ago about John Wycliffe (c.1330-1384). Once finished, I’ll post it here on the Genevan Foundation website. In the meantime, here are a few moving quotes I found by Merle D’Aubigne on the “Morning Star” of the Reformation: “Hunted down unceasingly while living, he […]

Two Reformation Giants

On Sunday, September 10th, I’ll start teaching a 13-week class here in Austin at Redeemer Presbyterian Church (10:15 am). It is entitled, “Two Reformation Giants–Martin Luther (1483-1546) and John Calvin (1509-1564).” Here is a description: “If serious Christians in this current age desire to understand the practices, peculiarities, and problems of the modern church, then […]

A Biblical View of History

More on a Biblical view of “history” from Dr. Rousas J. Rushdoony: “For the orthodox Christian, history is determined by eternity, and ‘the eternal does not exist for us as a principle but as a person, and that as an absolute person.’ Moreover, ‘For us God’s being is ultimate, while created being is, in the […]

What is History?

What is history? Dr. Rousas J. Rushdoony answers, “For the orthodox Christian, who grounds his philosophy of history on the doctrine of creation, the mainspring of history is God. Time rests on the foundation of eternity, on the eternal decree of God. Time and history therefore have meaning because they were created in terms of […]

What Motivated Tyndale?

Question: “What motivated William Tyndale (1494-1536) to work so very hard to translate the Bible into English?” He realized that if the people had the Bible in their own language, that many of the false doctrines of medieval Roman Catholicism would be repudiated. He became convinced that, “It was impossible to establish the lay people […]

Wisdom from John Knox

During this tumultuous time in which we now live, I find myself drawing strength from the example of John Knox (1514-1572). Who was he? He was best known as a fiery Scottish preacher who won his nation for the gospel. One biographer states, “In the hearts of Scotsmen…he became the Moses of the Scots; more […]

Calvin’s Birth

Before the summer ends, it is fitting for me to note that July is the 508th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin, the great Protestant Reformer of Geneva, Switzerland. John Calvin was born in Noyon, France. He was the second child of Gerard and Jeanne Cauvin. Historians dispute the actual date of Calvin’s birth: […]