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July 14, 2015

More than a century before the start of the Protestant Reformation, the Czech reformer Jan Hus paid for his beliefs with his life.

He was born in Bohemia in 1369, during a time of schism in the Roman Catholic Church—a time of popes, antipopes, and attacks on the church’s hierarchy. Hus received a university education in Prague before being ordained a priest in 1400. He joined other Bohemian reformers who advocated for preaching in the native Czech language rather...

October 15, 2014

Note: In 2014 we're commemorating John Knox's 500th birthday for Reformation Sunday. Download our bulletin insert about Knox's interview with Queen Mary, explored at length in this blog post.

Before John Knox returned home from exile to become a hero of the Scottish Reformation, he penned a shocking polemic against women in roles of authority: ...

October 5, 2014

Not all of us are able to tour Scotland to visit John Knox's homeland or spend hours in libraries or archives reading up on his most important works. Fortunately, the great reformer is well-represented on the internet. As we commemorate Knox's 500th birthday in 2014, here are some resources to explore to find out more about his works, life, and ultimate resting place.

Writings by or about John Knox

A selection of...

October 11, 2012

As we prepare to celebrate Reformation Sunday on October 28, I am pleased to share the following article by Anna Case-Winters with our readers: http://gamc.pcusa.org/ministries/today/reformed/.

Dr. Case-Winters suggests that the phrase Ecclesia reformata, semper reformanda has been misused or misinterpreted by Reformed Christians on both ends of the theological spectrum. The Reformers understanding of the phrase was neither conservative nor liberal, but “radical, in the sense of...

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