Martinmas

Martin of Tours was a bishop who was martyred on this day in 397.  Also on this day in 655, Martin of Umbria was martyred during the great Monothelite controversy.  Both men demonstrated perseverance in the face of political persecution, personal humiliation, torture, starvation, and eventually, death, made them models of faith during the early medieval period.   According to legend, …

Rock of Ages

Augustus Montague Toplady, clergyman and writer, was born in 1740, at Farnham, about 20 miles southwest of Windsor, England. He studied at the prestigious Westminster School for a short time, but was sent to Ireland in 1755, the same year as his conversion—he had been greatly influenced by the teachings of John Wesley.  Toplady received his degrees of Bachelor of …

Handel’s Messiah

Thefirst public performance of Handel’s Messiahwas held in Dublin, Ireland on this day in 1742. George Frideric Handel was a Baroque composer from Magdeburg who had lived in England for thirty years. The previous summer he was invited to…

Martinmas

Martin of Tours was a faithful pastor in Gaul who was martyred on this day in397.  Also on this day in 655,Martin of Umbria was martyred during the great Monothelite controversy.  Both men demonstrated perseverance inthe face of political per…

St. Crispin’s Day

Two legendary battles, both immortalized in English literature, took place on this day, the Feast of St. Crispin.  The first, in 1415, was the greatBattle of Agincourt.  England’sKing Henry V and his long bow archers defeated the overw…

Awaken

The Great Awakening touched every sectionof the colonial domains of England in the New World—from northern-most NewEngland to southern-most Georgia. And its impact was enormous. Interestingly, this cultural and spiritual phenomenon was enti…

Where We’ll Go in England

1. Brighton’s Medieval Lanes2. Nash’s Royal Pavilions3. All Hallow’s Barking at the Tower4. Vespers at Bunhill Fields5. Churchill’s Chartwell6. The Hever Castle Gardens7. Southwark Cathedral8. Poet’s Corner at Westminster9. Ely Cathedral10. Eve…

Where We’ll Shop in England

1. Hatchard’s Bookstore2. Stanford’s Maps3. Waterstone’s Books4. George Trumper’s5. G. David Bookshop6. Fortnum and Mason7. Covent Garden8. Regent’s Street9. Cecil Court10. High Street Lewes Books11. W.H. Smith’s Stationers

Where We’ll Eat in England

1. Pret a Manger2. Nero’s Coffee3. Barbacoa4. Wagamama’s5. Jamie’s Italian Kitchen6. The Cambridge Eagle 7. The Borough Market8. West Cornwall Pasty9. Nandos Peri-Peri10. Maoz Falafel11. Fifteen London

Reformed, Ever-Reforming

“All the misery of the Presbyterian churches is owing to their striving to consider the Reformation as completed, and to allow no further development of what has been begun by the labor of the Reformers … Calvinism wishes no cessation of progress and…