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We are Confessional Calvinists and a Prayer Book Church-people. In 2012, we remembered the 350th anniversary of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer; also, we remembered the 450th anniversary of John Jewel's sober, scholarly, and Reformed "An Apology of the Church of England." In 2013, we remembered the publication of the "Heidelberg Catechism" and the influence of Reformed theologians in England, including Heinrich Bullinger's Decades. For 2014: Tyndale's NT translation. For 2015, John Roger, Rowland Taylor and Bishop John Hooper's martyrdom, burned at the stakes. Books of the month. December 2014: Alan Jacob's "Book of Common Prayer" at: January 2015: A.F. Pollard's "Thomas Cranmer and the English Reformation: 1489-1556" at: February 2015: Jaspar Ridley's "Thomas Cranmer" at:

Monday, November 10, 2014

10 November 1483 A.D. Martin Luther Born

10 November 1483 A.D.  Martin Luther Born


Martin Luther (1483 to 1546)


Most famous Protestant.

Martin Luther was born at Eisleben, Germany. He entered the Augustinian order of the Roman Church in 1505 (age 21), and three years later he was sent to teach at the University of Wittenberg. He became a priest and celebrated his first mass at age 23. Then followed a trip to Rome, and many other advancements, but nothing brought peace to his soul. However, at age 29, while working out a personal anxiety, Luther in his studies of the Bible, became aware that God justifies a man through faith in the finished work of Christ alone. In 1517 he nailed his 95 theses against the practice of indulgences to the castle church doors. The intense reaction of the Roman Church authorities led to Luther's excommunication in 1521. Thus began the Protestant Reformation. Luther married a former nun, Katrina Von Bora, in 1525, and she became his true helpmeet in the great work before him. Germans are indebted to him for translating and publishing the Bible in "low" German, the language of the common people. He also gave us many hymns, notably "A Mighty Fortress is Our God " (1529).

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