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Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.
The Collect.

O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Death and Doctrine of Nicholas Ridley: A Lecture by Garry Williams

[The following is from The Theologian website. It is an audio lecture by Garry Williamson of Oak Hill Theological College in the UK. This lecture was given at an event sponsored by the Protestant Truth Society. It is particularly interesting that Professor Williams discusses the doctrine of sacramental grace, the issue of real presence of Christ in physical form at the right hand of the Father in glory, justification by faith alone and other Reformed distinctives of Nicholas Ridley and the Reformed theologians of the English Reformation. In particular, one should note Williamson's comments about the local presence of Christ's body as this relates to both Roman Catholic transubstantiation and to Lutheran consubstantiation. This lecture is a must for those who wish to investigate further the Reformed nature of the English Church.]

"It makes goods good sense for the Reformers to focus in on this issue (the Roman Catholic doctrine of the mass) because it gathered together very quickly a whole host of other issues . . . Christian theology can be a knotty business . . . and it can be hard to dissect its nuances carefully and in particular it can be hard sometimes to convict some of your opponents of a particular error if they are slippery in some way."

Garry Williamson

The Death and Doctrine of Nicholas Ridley

by Garry Williams

Dr. Garry Williams examines the death and doctrine of Nicholas Ridley, with particular regard to his view of the Lord's Supper.

Ridley was a careful theologian who took pains to properly define and distinguish the real questions at issue, studiously examined the Bible to exegete the relevant texts, was aware of the tradition (especially the Church Fathers), and avoided unnecessary over-reactions in what was literally a heated debate.

Click here to download the lecture (or right click and "Save Target As" to download now and listen later.

It is about 18 MB in size and lasts 54 minutes.

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