The Book That Sparked Personal Devotion

Martin Luther may have constructed the reformation vehicle with his revolutionary 95 Theses nailed to the door of a church in Wittenberg, but it was Thomas Cranmer, along with a few others, who paved the road for fleshing out its implications. Cranmer is the author of The Book of Common Prayer, one of the first devotional resources for the common man. During his formative years, Cranmer possessed an insatiable desire for learning. He was afforded the opportunity for education in Cambridge, where he later joined other scholars to discuss Luther’s theology and practices. In August of 1529, a chance conversation with King Henry VIII as he was visiting a neighboring community gave Cranmer the opportunity to use his writing and reasoning skills under the employ of the Crown. King Henry sought Biblical grounds for divorcing his first wife Catherine of Aragon in order to marry his newfound love Anne Boleyn. Cranmer was summoned to write a letter to the Papacy in favor of granting an annulment of King Henry’s marriage. Although Rome denied the request, this solitary act earned Cranmer King Henry’s respect and the right to be an Ambassador of Europe. After the death of the archbishop of Canterbury, just three years later, Henry appointed Cranmer to assume the position shortly thereafter. The first order of business on the docket for the Archbishop was to annul the marriage of King Henry VII to Catherine of Aragon and to validate his marriage to Anne Boleyn, even though the ceremony took place three months prior to his installation. Read More
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Reality Check: Seeing Is Believing

On Sunday, I began a new sermon series on 1 John that we are calling "Reality Check".  We start with verse 1-4. That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. (ESV) Read More
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