Social movements transform present realities, spiritual movements define eternal ones. Spiritual movements are like seeds, they start small, tranforming the hearts and minds of a handful of people before growing tall and strong, with wide ringed trunks and deep roots sunk deep into the soil. They become places of refuge, a source of nourishment and a beacon of hope in a beleagured social landscape. History would be poorer for not being graced by their presence and society would be unrecognisable without them.

A Global Missionary Movement

A Missionary At Heart Mary Jones grew up in a small grey stone cottage nestled in the Welsh countryside. Mary’s father was a weaver and worked very hard to support the family. The family were Welsh Methodists and attended church weekly. On such occasions Mary would...

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The Church In The Wilderness: The Huguenot Resistance

The Huguenots And The Church In The Wilderness In 1598 Henry IV of France signed the Edict of Nantes  into law. The Edict ended a long and tenuous struggle to recognise the rights of French Protestants, especially their right to freedom of conscience. The beleaguered...

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The English Reformation

The English Reformation and The Monarchy The English Reformation was vastly different to its contemporary reformatory movements because from its very outset it was intricately involved with Crown Politics and the King’s obsession with producing a male heir. In some...

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The Reform of Scotland

Scotland In Need of Reform Writing about the Scottish Reformation the historian Wylie makes this fascinating observation; “England, in reforming itself, worked mainly from the political center. Scotland worked mainly from the religious one. The ruling idea of the...

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The Reformation in Sweden and Denmark

The Reformation Begins in Sweden Germany had a significant influence on the Scandinavian countries of Norway, Sweden, and Denmark politically, socially and spiritually. They could all trace their lineage back to the same Teutonic tribes that occupied Europe in the...

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The French Reformation (1510-1598)

Precursors of the French Reformation The French Reformation was shaped as much by pious men as it was by pivotal events. At its heart lay the most compelling truth known to man: the infallible authority of the Word of God and that is why it prospered so well because...

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The Swiss Reformation

The Swiss Reformation and Ulrich Zwingli The Swiss Reformation was shaped by the tireless efforts of Ulrich Zwingli, a humanist priest from the Alpine village of Wildhaus. Zwingli himself was shaped by three main influences in his life; the first was that of his...

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The Bohemian Reformation

The Beginnings of the Bohemian Reformation The Bohemian Reformation was the product of a number of social, political and religious factors that all converged to create the spark that was needed to ignite the movement. Europe in the 14th century was prostrated under...

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The Waldenses

The Waldenses of the Valleys The mingling of Paganism with Christianity in the form of the Roman Catholic Church sparked a revolution in Christendom. It led those who desired to preserve the purity of true Bible religion to coalesce into a single organized...

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