Posts by Herbert Samworth

John Frith – Part 4

FRITH’S TRIAL, CONDEMNATION AND DEATH Meanwhile, Frith continued to be held as a state prisoner in the Tower of London. As long as he remained in this position, he was safe from Stokesley, the Bishop of London, and Gardiner, the Bishop of Winchester, who wished to send him to the stake. Frith kept occupied by writing tracts to encourage those who were facing difficult times. They included...

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John Frith – Part 3

FRITH RETURNS TO ENGLAND In July 1532, Frith returned to England. There was speculation that he came to aid the Prior of the Reading Monastery escape to the European mainland. Regardless of the exact reason, he was arrested as a vagrant and because he would not identify himself, he was imprisoned. After nearly starving to death, Frith finally requested to see Leonard Cox, a schoolmaster and...

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John Frith – Part 2

JOHN FRITH AND SIR THOMAS MORE There was another book that occupied Frith’s activities during this time and this was his own production. Frith entered the field in 1531 against Sir Thomas More by writing a book entitled A Disputation of Purgatory divided into Three Books. As the title suggests, it was actually three books written in answer to Sir Thomas More, John Rastell, More’s brother-in-law,...

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John Frith – Part 1

INTRODUCTION This British reformer was a pioneer writer on the theme of liberty of conscience. He debated the existence of Purgatory with Sir Thomas More and Cardinal John Fisher. He taught the imputation of Christ’s righteousness to the believer for justification. He was a formative influence on doctrine of the Eucharist as found in the Anglican Prayer Book of 1552. Can you identify him? Not...

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The Life of William Tyndale – Part 15

HIS LEGACY – by Dr. Herbert Samworth • How is it possible to even think of writing a legacy of such a person as William Tyndale? In many ways he is the father of the English Bible. While it is true that John Wycliffe was the first to translate the Bible into the English language in the late 14th century, he translated from the Latin Vulgate and, as a result, the Wycliffe Bible was a...

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The Life of William Tyndale – Part 14

HIS EXECUTION – by Dr. Herbert Samworth •   Despite the efforts of Latomus, Doyle, and Tapper to have him recent, Tyndale stood firm against their arguments. The only way by which Tyndale could counter their arguments was from his knowledge of Scripture, but in this supreme trial of his life, the Scriptures proved to be more than sufficient. We are not exactly certain for what period...

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The Life of William Tyndale – Part 13

HIS IMPRISONMENT – by Dr. Herbert Samworth •   As we have seen from our previous installment of the life of William Tyndale, he was betrayed and arrested in May 1535. He was taken to the Vilvorde Prison where he would be incarcerated for the remaining months of his life. What do we know about William Tyndale during these final months of his life? Did he ever reflect on the treachery...

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The Life of William Tyndale – Part 12

HIS ARREST AND IMPRISONMENT – by Dr. Herbert Samworth •   By the year 1534 William Tyndale could look back with a degree of gratitude and accomplishment. He had finished the translation and printing of the New Testament in 1526 and a second revised edition in 1534. He also began the translation of the Old Testament with the printing of the books of Moses in 1530. In addition, he had...

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The Life of William Tyndale – Part 11

WILLIAM TYNDALE AND SIR THOMAS MORE – by Dr. Herbert Samworth   When we last noticed William Tyndale, he had completed the publication of the Pentateuch in 1530 and his revised second edition of the New Testament in 1534. We must pause in our narrative of the events of his life to take notice of a verbal battle that ensued between him and Sir Thomas More. It certainly was not the most...

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Life of Tyndale Livestream

On Monday, August 29, 2016 at 9:45am I spoke in the Crown College Chapel on the life of Tyndale. The live-stream was recorded and the video is posted below:

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Is The Reformation Over? – Part 2

A book review by Dr. Herbert Samworth   Mark A. Noll and Carolyn Nystrom, Is the Reformation Over? An Evangelical Assessment of Contemporary Roman Catholicism. Baker Academic, 2005 This is the second of a two part-review of the book written by Mark Noll and Carolyn Nystrom and published by Baker Academic. Although the book was published nearly six years ago, the issues involved are...

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Is The Reformation Over? – Part 1

A book review by Dr. Herbert Samworth   Mark A. Noll and Carolyn Nystrom, Is the Reformation Over? An Evangelical Assessment of Contemporary Roman Catholicism. Baker Academic, 2005 Why take the time and effort to review a book that was published nearly six years ago? Events have moved on and there are certainly more current issues that demand our attention. The reason for the review is that...

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