Last night I had the pleasure of attending the 2007 John Bunyan Theology and Church History Conference, sponsored by Grace Reformed Baptist Church. I also had the honor of visiting with my fellow elder at Redeemer, Jim Hamilton on the way to his talk on Thomas Cranmer. You can hear Jim’s lecture on Cranmer here, as well as all of the other talks at the conference.
I was most encouraged by the human elements in Cranmer’s life. He was not perfect, he was human. He made decisions that he thought would ultimately further the gospel and his life. We must admit life is this way…we live in a world that is corrupt and political. We can throw up our hands and say “I don’t want to have anything to do with politics,” which translated means, I’m going to sit on the sidelines and watch as other people get in the fight. Cranmer did not do that. He was discerning, he was wise and he loved God. We have much to learn from this man, and I was encouraged to study his life and what led to his death after this lecture.