Here We Stand
A 31-Day Journey with Heroes of the Reformation
Sep 25, 2017
Martin Luther didn’t stand alone 500 years ago. Nor does he stand alone today. To mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we invite you to join us on a 31-day journey, just 5–7 minutes each day, to meet the many heroes of the Reformation.
The Morning Star of the Reformation
John Wycliffe (c. 1330–1384)
Sep 25, 2017
John Wycliffe died almost exactly a hundred years before Martin Luther was born, but his impact on the Reformation is unmistakable.
The First Tremor
Peter Waldo (Died by 1218)
Oct 1, 2017
This proto-reformer’s protest against the Catholic Church was the first tremor of the coming spiritual earthquake.
Jan Hus (c. 1369–1415)
Oct 2, 2017
Jan Hus was a preacher, a political figure, a prophet, a proto-Reformer, and a martyr of the first class.
The Florentine Forerunner
Girolamo Savonarola (1452–1498)
Oct 3, 2017
Girolamo Savonarola condemned the pope’s abuses and elevated the authority of Scripture — all while Luther was only a child.
The Gentle Lutheran
Philip Melanchthon (1497–1560)
Oct 4, 2017
While Luther was brash, impulsive, and forceful, his brilliant young disciple was a timid, sober-minded unifier.
The Bride of the Reformation
Wibrandis Rosenblatt (1504–1564)
Oct 5, 2017
She was wife to four husbands, mother to eleven children, and disciple to one Lord who never left her side.
The Protestant Peacemaker
Wolfgang Capito (c. 1478–1541)
Oct 6, 2017
He sought to win his opponents not with violence, coercion, or insults, but with endless gentleness.
The Fearless Pacifist
Menno Simons (1496–1561)
Oct 7, 2017
While searching for the doctrine of transubstantiation in Scripture, he discovered the gospel instead.
The Phoenix of Florence
Peter Martyr Vermigli (1499–1562)
Oct 8, 2017
After fifteen years of preaching Catholic doctrine, Peter Martyr awoke to the gospel, fled his home, and championed the Reformation across Europe.
The Monday Morning Protestant
Thomas Becon (c. 1512–1567)
Oct 9, 2017
Thomas Becon brought the Reformation from the churches to the kitchens, courts, shipyards, and battlefields. All of life is a stage for worshiping God.
The Underground Translator
William Tyndale (c. 1494–1536)
Oct 10, 2017
William Tyndale gave his life so British commoners could know the Bible — not in Latin, but in their own mother tongue.
The Protestant Melting Pot
Martin Bucer (1491–1551)
Oct 11, 2017
He was the German glue of the Protestant movement — the unifier between the diverse strands of Reformation.
The First Lady in France
Marie Dentière (c. 1495–1561)
Oct 12, 2017
What Marie Dentière lacked in feminine modesty or humility for her day, she made up for with unrivaled zeal for the gospel.
The Monastery’s Lost Houselamp
Johannes Oecolampadius (1482–1531)
Oct 13, 2017
When Johannes Oecolampadius returned to Basel in 1522, the people sung Latin in Mass. Ten years later, the Mass was gone and the songs were German.
The Gospel Lobbyist
Thomas Cranmer (1489–1556)
Oct 14, 2017
Thomas Cranmer led England from Roman Catholicism, and shaped England’s theology perhaps more than any other Reformer.
The French Firebrand
Guillaume Farel (1489–1565)
Oct 15, 2017
Guillaume Farel had faults — and they were real and known — but this French firebrand loved the gospel and devoted his life to sharing its riches.
The British Candle
Hugh Latimer & Nicholas Ridley (Martyred in 1555)
Oct 16, 2017
One Lord, one faith, one stake. The story of two great Reformers burned at the same stake.