Monthly Archives: January 2014

John Wesley’s Horse Experiences a Miracle

John Wesley on Horseback, statue in the courtyard of The New Room chapel, Bristol. Credit: Jongleur100

John Wesley on Horseback, statue in the courtyard of The New Room chapel, Bristol. Credit: Jongleur100

1746. Monday, March 17. — I took my leave of Newcastle and set out with Mr. Downes and Mr. Shepherd. But when we came to Smeton, Mr. Downes was so ill that he could go no further. When Mr. Shepherd and I left Smeton, my horse was so exceedingly lame that I was afraid I must have lain by too. We could not discern what it was that was amiss; and yet he would scarcely set his foot on the ground. By riding thus seven miles, I was thoroughly tired, and my head ached more than it had done for some months….I then thought, “Cannot God heal either man or beast, by any means, or without any?” Immediately my weariness and headache ceased, and my horse’s lameness in the same instant. Nor did he halt any more either that day or the next. A very odd accident this also! Taken from The Journal of John Wesley, Chicago: Moody Press.

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How Bloody was “Bloody” Mary?

Mary Tudor

Mary Tudor

Oftentimes, Queen Mary Tudor is called “Bloody” Mary because she was supposed to have killed so many Protestants. But who was this Mary, and how many Protestants did she actually kill? Does she really deserve her nickname? That decision, my friend,  is something only you can decide.

A few basic background facts:

1) Mary was Henry VIII’s oldest child. Her mother was Catherine of Aragon, whom Henry divorced on the grounds that he’d married his late brother Arthur’s wife in violation of Leviticus 20:20-21.  After his divorce, he broke from the Roman  Church and took Anne Boleyn as his next queen. They had already been married secretly for three months. This split with the Roman Catholic Church started the new Protestant Church of England.

2) Anne Boleyn gave Henry another daughter, Elizabeth, who became England’s most famous monarch. But since England required a male heir, he didn’t consider Elizabeth qualified to rule. Anne gave birth a second time, this time to a son. Sadly, he was still-born. Anne was later beheaded for  adultery.

3) Henry’s third wife, Jane Seymour, died while giving birth to a son who would rule England as Edward VI.

Edward succeeded his father in 1547. He was a Protestant,  and thus, the English Reformation progressed under his rule. Mary, though, was a devout Catholic like her mother.

Edward died in 1553. According to The Third Succession Act, a law passed by England’s Parliament in 1544, Mary was now able to succeed him and Elizabeth was next in line to the throne. Mary stopped and rolled back many of the reforms the Protestants had made. After she married King Philip of Spain, she offended thousands of her subjects. Spain was a major power during this era, and England’s mortal enemy. Two years after ascending to England’s throne, in 1555, she began her persecution. These persecutions earned her the nickname Bloody. How many Protestants were martyred during her rule? About three hundred, according to the sources I’ve read.

Sources

Bainton, Roland H. Christendom: A Short History of Christianity and Its Impact on Western Civilization, vol. II. New York:Harper Torchbooks, 1966.

Carines, Earle E. Christianity Through the Centuries. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House, 1967.

Maier, Paul L. The Church From Age to Age: A History. St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2011.

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Church History Trivia

Question: Who were the Huguenots?

Answer: They were French Protestants.

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Easy Writing?

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about writing, it’s this. The easier it is to read someone’s writing, the harder the writer worked to make it so. I’m not into writing books in a week-end, or in several weeks or a month. I’m sure it’s possible, but that’s not my way. I am a plodder. I’d rather write slow and write as well as I can rather than write fast. Not every writer is like me. Yes, even some can write books fast and write them well, but I can’t. That’s the way I’m made, I figure.

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