Trials and the Artificer’s Gold (Wyche)

 In the early 15th century, John Wycliffe's influence was still being felt in the Western church even outside of England.  However, many church leaders were not fans of Wycliffe's critique of the church nor did they favor a major reformation of the church.  In fact, in a papal decree Pope Gregory XI called Wycliffe "the… Continue reading Trials and the Artificer’s Gold (Wyche)

Refusal to Swerve from the Truth (Huss)

 In the last months of his life, while he was in prison charged with heresy, John Huss faced many false accusations.  Many people thought that he should just recant of these accusations even though they were false - this way he could live on and not die as a martyr.  But Huss was a man… Continue reading Refusal to Swerve from the Truth (Huss)

The Difficulty of Rejoicing During Trials (Huss)

Peter and James both wrote about rejoicing during trials, tribulation, and suffering (1 Peter 1:6; James 1:2).  Yes, God keeps his people even through tribulation.  Yes, he is with us when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death.  Yes, we know that not even trials can separate us from the love of… Continue reading The Difficulty of Rejoicing During Trials (Huss)

If Thou Drawest Me Not (Huss)

 In 1415 John Huss was in prison for "heresies" such as saying that belief in the Pope is not necessary for salvation, that laypeople should be able to drink the wine in the Lord's Supper, and for pointing out other inconsistencies and immorality in the Church.  Huss also faced many false accusations, such as the… Continue reading If Thou Drawest Me Not (Huss)

“We Are All Hussites” (Luther)

 Martin Luther (d. 1546) thought very highly of John Huss (d. 1415).  Luther first read Huss when he was newly ordained at the church in Erfurt.  Here's how Luther explained it: ‘When I was a tyro [novice] at Erfurt ...I found in the library of the convent a volume of The Sermons of John Huss.… Continue reading “We Are All Hussites” (Luther)