Bible has an amazing history. God has providentially preserved His
Word over the centuries through devoted people, through times of
turmoil and against seemingly insurmountable odds. It is available
in more languages than any other book in the world. Learn about
the vivid history of the Bible and its transmission through the
BUNYAN, PLOUGHBOY - Dr. Herbert Samworth - The
most interesting aspect of this period of Bunyan's life was the
intense spiritual struggle that he endured for several years.
This conflict is chronicled on the pages of Grace Abounding
to the Chief of Sinners...
TYNDALE - Dr. Herbert Samworth - On the surface
there would have been little reason to think that the birth of
a child in Slimbridge, Gloustershire, England in 1494 would change
English history. However, that child was William Tyndale...
ELIOT AND AMERICA'S FIRST BIBLE - Dr. Herbert Samworth
- When the Puritans came to the New World they had two goals.
One was to form a pure church by separating themselves from the
perceived corruptions of the English Church. The other was to
bring the Gospel to the native inhabitants...
WORK OF JOHN WYCLIF AND ITS IMPACT - Dr. Herbert Samworth
- The person resposible for the translation of the entire Bible
into English language was John Wyclif... Truly he was the "Morning
Star" of the Reformation...
FRITH: FORGING THE ENGLISH REFORMATION - Dr. Herbert
Samworth - The story of his life is crucial to the understanding
of the English Reformation. The purpose of this article is to
remember one who paid a great price to secure the freedoms that
we enjoy today...
FRITH: HIS FINAL YEAR - Dr. Herbert Samworth -
The next production of Frith's pen brought more serious charges
against him. To write against the doctrine of Purgatory was serious,
but now Frith attacked the doctrine of transubstantiation or the
teaching that the elements of the Lord's Supper actually become
the body and blood of the Lord...
EDWARDS, A LIFE - Dr. Herbert Samworth - The year
2003 marked the three hundredth anniversary of the birth of Jonathan
Edwards, Pastor of the Congregational Church in Northampton, Massachusetts,
missionary to the Indians in Stockbridge, and President of the
College of New Jersey. In this article we will give an introduction
to the life and ministry of Edwards through a review of George
Marsden's book Jonathan Edwards, A Life...
FOURTH LATERAN COUNCIL - Dr. Herbert Samworth -
The Middle Ages are frequently perceived as a time when little
of importance took place. However, such was not the case. In 1215,
a council was held that changed the Latin Church and altered the
course of history. That council was known as the Fourth Lateran
and was convened by Pope Innocent the Third...
CRY FOR REFORM - Dr. Herbert Samworth - Martin
Luther's famous words "My conscience is captive to the Word
of God, here I stand, I can do no other, God help me" were
spoken at the Diet of Worms in 1521. But the road to Worms was
paved by three major tracts that Luther wrote in the crucial year
COUNCIL OF TRENT - Dr. Herbert Samworth - This
council (1545-1563) gave the definitive answer of the Roman Catholic
Church to the Protestant demand for a thorough Reformation of
the Church. The knowledge of this council and its decisions will
aid in understanding the religious situation of the twenty-first
DIET OF REGENSBERG - Dr. Herbert Samworth - As
the fourth decade of the sixteenth century began, the prospect
of a permanently divided Christendom dominated the horizon. However,
the Emperor, Charles V, required a unified Empire to carry out
his political strategies. Charles
ordered all parties to assemble at Regensburg or Ratisbon in April
Editions / Church History
THE KING JAMES TO MODERN TRANSLATIONS - Dr. Herbert
Samworth - The history of the English Bible in the years after
the printing of the King James Version differs greatly from what
GUIDE TO MODERN VERSIONS OF THE BIBLE - Dr. Herbert
Samworth - If you had been looking to purchase a Bible fifty
years ago, your choices would have been between the King James
Version and one or two others. However, today you are faced with
shelves and shelves of Bibles that command their own section in
your local Christian bookstore...
KING JAMES BIBLE - Dr. Herbert Samworth - The printing
of the King James Bible was a compromise solution to a situation
where two translations of the Bible were in competition. This
took place in the following manner...