The First Tremor: Peter Waldo (Died by 1218)
This proto-reformer’s protest against the Catholic Church was the first tremor of the coming spiritual earthquake.
1 Oct 2017
The Goosefather: Jan Hus (c. 1369–1415)
Jan Hus was a preacher, a political figure, a prophet, a proto-Reformer, and a martyr of the first class.
2 Oct 2017
The Florentine Forerunner: Girolamo Savonarola (1452–1498)
Girolamo Savonarola condemned the pope’s abuses and elevated the authority of Scripture — all while Luther was only a child.
3 Oct 2017
The Gentle Lutheran: Philip Melanchthon (1497–1560)
While Luther was brash, impulsive, and forceful, his brilliant young disciple was a timid, sober-minded unifier.
4 Oct 2017
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The Bride of the Reformation: Wibrandis Rosenblatt (1504–1564)
She was wife to four husbands, mother to eleven children, and disciple to one Lord who never left her side.
5 Oct 2017
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.
23 Oct 2017
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.
17 Oct 2017
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.
22 Oct 2017
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.
26 Oct 2017
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.
16 Oct 2017
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.
19 Oct 2017
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.
14 Oct 2017
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.
18 Oct 2017
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.
12 Oct 2017
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.
10 Oct 2017