Posted by: stpowen | August 22, 2014

Five Years Old Today, and a New Project

Psalm 107:8-9. Oh, that men would give thanks to God for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!
For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness.’

The Marprelate blog is five years old today. There have been almost 27,000 hits since that time, averaging just over 14.5 each day, steadily increasing.  This is my 192nd posting. Thank you, my reader, for your faithfulness, and also for your patience. I notice with horror that it is a month since I last posted. My excuses are that preaching duties have increased just recently and I am still cratchetting away at my secular work which gets more and more demanding. The latter, however, will definitely (DV) end in eight month’s time, so I should have more time to spend here.

October 31st 2017 will be the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation, the day when Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the door of Wittenburg cathedral. Doubtless, there will be many books written on the subject coming out at that time, many calling for an end to the Reformation and the uniting of all Christian churches. It seems to be an almost universal view that the Reformation in England was caused solely by Henry VIII’s desire to divorce Catherine of Aragon. My project, if God gives me time and diligence, will be to show that the English Reformation was in fact a People’s movement, to relate the remarkable way in which ordinary folk contributed to the events and to demonstrate what a blessing it has been to the nation. I hope to put it chapter by chapter on the blog, aiming to complete it by the anniversary.

I shall be grateful for your prayers.



  1. A worthy endeavour!

    I’m presently reading a book related to this subject entitled “The Book that Made your World” by Vishal Mangalwadi. A major theme is the contrast between the development of culture in those nations soaked in the Reformation and those shaped by other forms of religion. It’s written by an Indian Christian who grew up steeped in eastern religion, and he brings some very helpful perspectives.

    Highly recommended!

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