Wild in the Hollow: An Excerpt

Wildi n the Hollow

Introducing Amber Haines’ new release Wild in the Hollow: On Chasing Desire & Finding the Broken Way Home

Amber has an incredible story and a great love for God. Here is a glimpse of her story, in an excerpt from new release Wild in the Hollow:

Some time back, I told myself that I would like to enjoy a very small house on an acre so we could learn the metaphors of the seed. So I opened the computer, and in the search box, I filled in some blanks, a low dollar number, and narrowed the search by acreage. One single property fit the bill. It was a tiny ranch house with hard wood floors, an acre with a huge garden, a vintage kitchen, and rows of fruit and nut tress. I emailed the link to Seth, and within a day we visited the little green house, the only house we considered. We made an offer, and the offer was accepted. We moved there about 6 weeks later without a hitch.

This little piece of land felt like home before I made it five feet into the living room. It smelled like my Mama Lois’s house, like coffee and cake tins and ripe fruit. The attic fan reminded me of my grandmother. The pecans hulls’ tannins told my nose right away that I was home, as much as I could understand it.

But when I realized that the huge back yard bled into the church parking lot of a tiny Church of Christ congregation—a congregation like the one of my youth—I cried, and I knew Jesus was very present in my thinking. He was all over me, like the jab of a brother and a loving kiss at once. I felt the nudge of a pair of commandments: “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength,” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” How I act out everything I believe hinges on these two commandments.

Of course it is; now my neighbor is a congregation of the church body against whom I rebelled, the one with whom I wanted to cancel every association. So much of my faith journey has been a running away from what the members of these congregations have thought of me, because I had always assumed they had deemed me unacceptable. It took me years to raise my arms in worship how I longed to do without considering what they would think. I hadn’t realized my harbored thoughts—“I am too much for them to handle.” This was my excuse to withhold myself, and as I write this, I feel the old divide.

On moving day, the kind preacher helped us unload the truck. Then we began meeting the neighbors and slowly, the members. One of the church elders lives on the other side of the church building, and he has invited the boys to shoot all the squirrels they want. Another older member is a neighbor, too, and he’s been whittling little razorbacks out of peach pits since he was four years old. He leaned toward the boys with the tiny pig to show them, sun-spotted hands with a knife cutting delicate features. The boys wanted to be able to say that they, too, knew how to use a knife. The life in their eyes, both the older men and our younger boys, there was something kin between them, something of the innocence allowed at home.

Before church starts, the kids show up and tap on our back sliding-glass door. My boys run out happy with them to the basketball court. On Wednesday nights we join them for pizza, and from time to time we stay for Bible Study. The discussion is as humble as I’ve heard in any living room. Our first topic was about Unconditional Love. I tensed at the thought of it and assumed to know what to expect: how many strings attach to unconditional. One said, “The churches of Christ often know the scripture, but they are not always very good at loving unconditionally.” I couldn’t believe the weakness, the poverty of spirit. They were familiar like siblings who lie down on front steps to get quiet for what we might hear. The acapella singing at the end of the night wasn’t easy on the ears, but it still nearly made me cry, my kin. The same hymns that spoke to me of Jesus as a child are rising from the air next door to me three times a week.

We aren’t members there, but they are our neighbor. I don’t assume to know what they would think of me anymore, were I to lay my theology out on paper bare for all to see, but I don’t assume to know what I would think of me either a year ago or two years from now. We’re all changing, but God isn’t. [Click to Tweet!] Kingdom isn’t. I only know that when they invite us to dinner or when their little ones knock on the door asking to play with my boys, it’s the kingdom of God at work. There’s a kindness and a gentleness working itself out in our yard, and I know what it’s like to be the mother looking on my children as they love one another.

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To read more get Wild in the Hollow today!

Amber C. Haines is a soulful writer, blogger, co-content curator of Mother Letters, contributor at DaySpring’s (in)courage, coordinator with both BlissDom and !dea Camp Orphan Care. She lives in Arkansas with her husband Seth and four sons, here she focuses on building meaningful relationships with those around her.

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A Case of Mistaken Identity: An Excerpt from Priscilla Shirer’s Fervent

Fervent by Priscilla Shirer

Priscilla Shirer is Vyrso’s author of the month. She is an accomplished Bible teacher and well-known conference speaker, and has written many inspiring ebooks, including her new release Fervent. Check out an exclusive excerpt from Fervent below:

It was a tragic scene.

Abby, a nineteen-year-old college sophomore, was returning home with four other friends on a spring break outing to Disneyland, when the SUV in which she was riding experienced a blowout that turned into a fatal accident. Two of the girls were ejected from the car and died on the scene. Abby was identified as one of them.

As word reached the families back in Arizona—two girls dead, three critically injured—typical parental worry over a college road trip turned to unspeakable grief. Abby’s parents spent the next few days combing through the shock and horror, planning the details of their daughter’s funeral while three other parents prayed for their own children’s recovery, some of whose bruises and swelling made them almost hard to recognize as they lay in the hospital.

On Saturday, however, six days after the accident, hospital officials informed two of the families that there had been a horrible mistake. Two of the girls, who bore a striking resemblance, had been misidentified. Parents who’d been sitting by the bedside of a young woman they believed to be their daughter were told the staggering news: she wasn’t their daughter after all. Their daughter had actually died in the accident. And Abby’s parents? They were given news they could have never imagined receiving . . .

Abby wasn’t dead. She was alive.

The initial shock of what they were hearing turned to disbelief. Disbelief then turned to joy. But the joy was mingled, too, with anger—anger that they’d been forced to live for six days in agony because of a reality that wasn’t true, a grief that they had no need to feel or experience.

It all boiled down to a case of mistaken identity.

The enemy wants you to suffer from a case of mistaken identity. [Click to Tweet!]

Makes his job a whole lot easier. And makes your defenses a lot weaker. He’s working overtime to keep your identity masked, to keep the truth from coming out—that you are indeed alive and free and empowered by God’s own Spirit to fight victoriously against him. He’d rather conspire to keep you in a constant state of mourning, grieving over who you wish you were, instead of relishing who you really are, exacerbated by insecurity and crippled by self-doubt.

That’s why he doesn’t want you praying—not fervently— because fervent prayer keeps your true identity in focus. [Click to Tweet!] Reminds us of who we really are and taps into the power we really have in Christ.

This authentic identity is possibly quite a bit different from the one you perceive when you look at yourself in the mirror each day, or when you’re fidgeting through an awkward social encounter, or when you’re sizing yourself up against the well-dressed accomplishments of other friends, other church members, even (and you know it’s true) even total strangers. It’s also not the identity your enemy wants in your head when he’s moving strategically against you, when he’s maneuvering himself into attack position. He wants you lifeless, disengaged, brainwashed into believing you have nothing of value to offer.

That’s why he doesn’t want your nose in the Word or your knees on the hardwood. Because that’s where the light comes on. That’s where you find out the good news, perhaps the surprisingly euphoric news—that you are alive, fully equipped to stand firm against him. “Formerly darkness,” the Bible says, yes. Formerly. At one time. But now “Light in the Lord” . . . “children of Light” . . . able through Christ to produce “the fruit of the Light” (Eph. 5:8–9).

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This is an excerpt from Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan to Serious, Specific, and Strategic Prayer by Priscilla Shirer (B&H Publishing Group). Used by permission.

 

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Watch Where You’re Going: An Excerpt from Priscilla Shirer

God is Able

Priscilla Shirer is an accomplished Bible teacher and well-known conference speaker, and has written many inspiring ebooks, including her new release Fervent.

Below is an excerpt, “Watch Where You’re Going,” from God Is Able, an ebook written to encourage everyone trust God because through him, anything is possible!

“Unto Him.” What valuable words to pocket into your living vocabulary. Perhaps that’s why Paul included it twice in his Ephesians 3 doxology—the most powerful of all prepositional phrases—one time in both verses.

“Unto Him . . .”

“Unto Him . . .”

Twice the chance you’ll never forget it.

Because let’s be honest, we are always turning somewhere.

More often than not, we turn to others—to our friends, our pastor, our family, our prayer group. And that’s fine. That’s helpful. But if that’s all the turning we ever do, we’re just piling on blankets without ever cranking the heat up. We’re putting a Band-Aid on our forehead instead of taking an aspirin for the headache.

The very best our best friends can do is to sympathize with our troubles. They can cry with us, pray with us, keep their ears open for us, put in a good word for us. But they can’t do what God can do. They’re not able the way God is able. Sure, He can use our various support systems to give us a hug, an observation, or a piece of wise counsel, but He alone has the power to invert situations, revert conditions, and overhaul circumstances. He’s the only one who can give us exactly what is best, who can know us all the way to the back wall of our hearts, and who can flow everything that touches us through the ageless wisdom of His will so we are constantly within His loving care and keeping.

Sometimes, on the other hand, we turn to ourselves. After all, that’s what we’re conditioned to do. To dig in and try harder. To do it without anybody’s help. Or maybe we’re just hoping nobody else will see the mess we’ve made until we’ve done our best to fix it. We don’t want them to find out how much struggle goes on behind our smiling faces and our perfect families. But turning inward leaves us fully exposed to pride and confusion, to stilted perspectives and limited resources. We think we’re doing what’s best. We’re trying not to bother anybody. But becoming overly introspective can cause us to slide into an abyss of discouragement as we carefully consider all the ways we don’t seem to measure up.

Christianity was never meant to be so intrinsic. It is extrinsic. It is all about looking outward toward Jesus, not inward at ourselves. [Click to Tweet!]

Our enemy is the one who wants us focused on ourselves—on our humanity, frailty, and need. God, however, wants us focused on Him—on His deity, His ability, and His boundless power. He’s never overwhelmed or put off by our problems. He’s not bothered by us, by the concerns  of our hearts or the needs in our lives, no matter how much or how often we turn to Him. In fact, if we don’t turn to Him and lay it all down, we only succeed at resisting His ability to reach in and change this.

To reach in and change us.

So we need to watch our preferred tendency for turning only to others, or turning only to ourselves. But we also need to be careful about turning too easily and exclusively to our junk. To television, to the Internet. To movies, sports, and hobbies. To numbing wastes of time, if not to shameful lacks of self-control. Let’s be honest, sometimes it’s just easier to shop than to deal with our lives. A great pair of shoes or a snazzy new gadget from the (insert common red or green fruit name) store tends to deaden us to our reality, in exchange for a few very expensive moments. We trade our own complicated world for a fantasy world that’s easier to decode, control, and star in. We hope that maybe our problems won’t seem as bad when we come back to them. At least we’ll have had a few hours off— with our new pair of red heels or our shiny new phone.

Who can blame us for that?

But while turning to healthy recreation can be a good part of coping with difficulty, we can’t ask a gripping TV series to minister to the heart of our troubled teen. We can’t eat enough Mexican food to reheat the coolness that’s  descended on our marriage. We can’t play enough computer games or follow enough celebrities online to satisfy what’s missing or make up for what we’ve lost.

God alone is able. Turning to Him is the secret to finding wholeness and to seeing our situation reversed in Jesus’ name. [Click to Tweet!]

Nothing really changes when all we do is talk to each other. We just leave the restaurant with ten dollars less than we had when we walked in. We go back to our business and try to remember where we left things off. But when God speaks—listen to me now—worlds come into existence! New things are created! Old things pass away! Now is the time to start doing some turning. Not turning any which way you please, but turning completely and consciously unto Him.

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This is excerpt from God is Able by Priscilla Shirer (B&H Publishing Group) has been used by permission.

 

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Limited Time Offer: 2 Free Ebooks

At Vyrso, we are dedicated to bringing the best content and best deals to your attention, from amazing ebook bundles, to new releases and freebies. Today is no exception—grow your Vyrso library with two free ebooks available through August 18!

Be the Leader You Were Meant to Be: Lessons On Leadership from the Bible by LeRoy Eims

Be the Leader You Were Meant to Be

Leaders aren’t born, they’re made. Becoming a successful leader is a continual, lifelong process.

It’s a journey that requires discipline, intention, and drive. Yet true leadership is not about what we do, it’s about who we are. So how can we become leaders of integrity, passion, and excellence?

Be The Leader You Were Meant To Be is a definitive resource for creating leaders who make a difference. Biblically-based, time-tested, and real-world proven, this landmark guide offers powerful, practical insights for personal and professional development.

Discover how you can make an impact in your workplace, on your team, and in your life. And uncover the leader that God intended you to be.

Godspeed: Making Christ’s Mission Your Own by Britt Merrick

Godspeed

Have you ever felt like there’s a higher calling for your life? Something more than the mundane weekly routine of work, eat, sleep, play, and church?

In Godspeed, Britt Merrick challenges us to step out of our little, self-centered lives and step into God’s grand mission—His plan to restore, redeem, and renew the world.

Your heart has been aching for something more—this is it! Join His mission and change the world.

 

 

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A Christian Case for Non-Violence

Is violence ever justified?

Preston Sprinkle debates this controversial issue in his ebook, Fight: A Christian Case for Non-Violence.

“I’m still an evangelical Christian. And I’m not Amish, Quaker, or Mennonite. I own several guns and still believe that the smell of a recently fired shotgun on a crisp fall morning comes darn near close to paradise. But I’ve tried my hardest to understand God’s Word and the diverse perspectives of those who read it. And the more I study, the more I discuss, the more I’ve become convinced: Christians shouldn’t kill or use violence—not even in war.”—Preston Sprinkle

With these words, Sprinkle jumps into a compelling, passionate study of God’s perspective on violence.

Examining both the seemingly angry, violent God of the Old Testament and the peacemaking Jesus of the New, Preston takes us back to Scripture to discern how God has really called his people to think and live in the midst of a violent world.

He asks us to join him in inviting God to challenge our presuppositions, to set aside our biases and backgrounds and fears . . . and to seek above all else to faithfully follow the Savior who humbly submitted to God in the face of injustice and violence.

Want to learn more? Check out this book review by Ryan Nelson on a recent episode of Faithlife Today:

Get Fight: A Christian Case for Non-Violence today!

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10 Powerful Verses from Romans

Cross

Get James Montgomery Boice’s To the Glory of God: A 40-Day Devotional on the Book of Romans.

The book of Romans has the power to change lives! This was seen in the life of Augustine, John Calvin, and even pastor James Boice’s understanding of the scriptures. The insights he found in Romans inspired him to preach an eight-year sermon series on the book of Romans.

In Romans the Apostle Paul clearly defines and shows how all scriptures points to Christ, his death, and resurrection. He exposes sinfulness for what it is, reveals the glory, goodness and righteousness of God, and demonstrates the importance of walking daily with the Lord!

We pulled together a list of 10 verses to help you see the encouragement, understanding and truth that Paul taught throughout the book of Romans.

10 Powerful Verses from Romans

Romans 1:16 – “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”

Romans 2:6-8 – “He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, He will give eternal life; but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.”

Romans 3:23-24 – “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by His grace a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”

Romans 4:7-8 – “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”

Romans 5:6 – “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.”

Romans 6:1-2, 7 – “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? For one who has died has been set free from sin.”

Romans 7:18-20 – “For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.”

Romans 8:18 “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed in us.”

Romans 10:1 – “Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved.”

Romans 12:9-10 – “Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”

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To learn more about the book of Romans get Boice’s To the Glory of God: A 40-Day Devotional on the Book of Romans.

 

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Whispers: Guest Post from Kayla Aimee

Anchored

Today’s guest post is  written by Kayla Aimee, author of Anchored: Finding Hope in the Unexpected.

In this new release you’ll experience Kayla’s gripping story as she learns to navigate new-found motherhood in the most unexpected of ways. 

Read Kayla’s post—exclusive to Vyrso—about the goodness of God, no matter our circumstance: 

I think we ask it in whispers.

I think sometimes we’re afraid to say it out loud, to admit the chaos of confusion swirling about in our heart.

“Where is God in this?”

I think that we reluctant to claim it because that might look like failure in the midst of already precarious circumstances.

And here is the scandalous admission: I think it is good of us to ask.

Because “when we are asking that question is when we have the greatest opportunity to find Him. It doesn’t feel like that in the middle of the story . . . when everything burns down to ashes and it seems impossible to redeem the rubble.”*

But the nature of God is to bring beauty from ashes. [Click to Tweet!]

Once upon a time, everything I held dear broke into pieces. My body, my baby, my marriage. In the span of just a few months time it all plummeted into darkness and my grasp on grace became completely unmoored.

I found myself suddenly adrift, questioning everything I had known about the faith that had been such an integral part of my life before the trauma hit.

I felt completely alone.

I asked in whispers “Where is God in this?”

And it was in the seeking that I found it.

Because God promises that if we are seeking, we will find him.

I love this promise.

Because the beauty of the hope we have is that God is constant. That when everything else shatters and we find ourselves standing in the wreckage, there is one thing that will remain firm and secure.

Anchored is an invitation to uncover a hope that holds always, secure in the good times and in the devastatingly bad times.

Because “We have this hope as anchor for our souls, firm and secure.” (Hebrews 6:19)

 *Quoted from Anchored: Finding Hope in the Unexpected

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Find faith pointing toward God’s grace and a hope that stands firm when you read Kayla Aimee’s Anchored:Finding Hope in the Unexpected.

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Helen Steiner Rice: The Woman Behind the Poetry

Helen Steiner Rice

Get The Poems and Prayers of Helen Steiner Rice, which has nearly four hundred original poems—sixteen of them rare and previously uncollected—and one never-before-published prayer discovered in the Helen Steiner Rice Foundation archives.

Known for positivity and encouragement, Helen’s poetry has been an inspiration to thousands over the years.

As she faced hard times she sought and found God’s goodness and love, and she intentionally encouraged her friends, family, and ultimately the nation through her simple but beautiful poetry.

The woman behind the poetry:

Helen was passionate. Helen grew up in the early 1900’s and had big dreams. She aspired to attend college, fight for women’s rights, and even hoped to one day be a congresswomen.

Helen trusted God. During her senior year of high school her father grew sick and died. In the fall she put aside her ambitions of attending college, and she began working to help support her mom and sisters.

Helen remained faithful. Her circumstances were less than ideal, but she worked hard at her job and by the time she was in her early twenties she was named her company’s advertising manager and later took a position as a spokesperson to advocate for women consumers and women in the workplace.

Helen was motivated. After traveling the nation to speak, she decided to opened her own speaker’s bureau and was soon a popular motivational speaker.

Helen was human. At age 28 she fell in love with wealthy banker Franklin Rice and the two married.

Helen faced tragedy. A few months into their wedding the New York Stock Market crashed, Franklin’s bank soon closed, he lost his job and a lot of money. His financial situation drove him into a deep depression and after three years of struggling to find work, he committed suicide.

Helen used her gifts. She worked her way up in the greeting card industry and where she earned the nick name “Ambassador of Sunshine”. She wrote humorous poetry, poems to inspire, and Christmas rhymes. Her poems “The Priceless Gift of Christmas” and later “The Praying Hands” were featured on a popular TV show, and eventually “The Praying Hands” become one of the most popular greeting cards to be produced.

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Get the largest, most complete collection of Helen Steiner Rice poems when you get The Poems and Prayers of Helen Steiner Rice today!

 

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Can Helping Someone Really Hurt Them?

Have you ever walked by a person in need on the street and you weren’t quite sure what to do?

If you’re anything like me, you’ve had this inner-battle, and it goes something like this: I should give this person a dollar . . . or maybe not? They’ll probably just buy something bad with it, plus giving this person money is just teaching them to be dependent on me. But they look so hungry and Jesus wants me to feed the poor, right?

Can Helping Someone Hurt Them

In the end—no matter what I do—I feel a mixture of sadness for their condition and guilt for my lack of sympathy.

Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert look into how we, as Christians, are called to respond and interact with those in the trenches of poverty in their ebook, When Helping Hurts: How to Allevieate Poverty without Hurting the Poor and Yourself.

What first struck me about When Helping Hurts was the title . . . .

As a senior in high school, I had an interview for a Community Development scholarship at Covenant College. Lo and behold the interviewer was author Steve Corbett himself!

Before the interview a group of us met and listened to Corbett speak; he mentioned When Helping Hurts, saying oftentimes Christians mean well and they want to help, but if they are not intentional with their actions they’ll up hurting the person and their community as well.

I was hooked by Corbett’s speech. I wanted to know: could trying to help someone could really ever hurt them? The answer is simple, yes. 

Learn from Corbett and Fikkert as they dive deep into this issue and why it matters in their ebook, When Helping Hurts.

They begin by walking through incorrect assumptions the church has made about the causes of poverty. They show how these false assumptions have resulted in the use of bad strategies meant to help the poor, but end up doing considerable harm to not only poor people, but also themselves.

Corbett and Fikkert work through foundational concepts, clearly articulated principles, and relevant applications, making this ebook a must-read.

Want to learn more? Check out this book review by Ryan Nelson on a recent episode of Faithlife Today:

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How a Jewish Historian and King Henry VIII’s Love Life Affected the Church  

As the Christian church continues to grow, it’s important to look back at the people and events that have had a lasting impact on the church today.

Two people you may not have learned much about in Sunday School, but have unquestionably made an impact on the church, are Josephus, the Jewish Historian, and King Henry VIII, the King of England.

The Jewish Historian
Josephus

Josephus was not a Christian and although he was Jewish, he was seen to be a traitor by most Jews. He was born wealthy and well-educated, and eventually Josephus became a commander of Jewish fighters. He survived many lost fights and saw over fifty thousand Jewish men and women, including his wife and parents, die.  Eventually he and a few Jewish men were trapped in a cave by Roman soldiers, here he betrayed his heritage and left the cave a servant of Rome and traitor to the Jews. In his final years he wrote three historical works, Antiquities of the Jews, War of the Jews, and Against Apion. Through his records the church today finds understanding of what life was like in the for first-century Jews and Romans. Alton Gansky writes in 60 People Who Shaped the Church: Learning from Sinners, Saints, Rogues“Taken as a whole, his writings have benefited the church by painting the backdrop of the life and times of first-century Jews and Romans.”

Kenneth Curtis, J. Stephen Lang, and Randy Peterson even provide an example of the understanding we gain from Josephus in The 100 Most Important Events in Christian History. Here’s what they have to say: “Jewish historian Josephus said that Titus wanted to preserve the Temple, but his soldiers were so angry at their resilient opponents that they burned it.” They go on to explain what this meant, that when the Temple was destroyed, even though unintentional, it had a lasting effect on Christianity. Now “the Christians could no longer rely on the empire’s protection of Judaism. There was nowhere to hide from Roman persecution.” They were forced out of Jerusalem and into the world.

King Henry VIII’s Love Life
King Henry VIII

In 1534, King Henry VIII decided to take drastic measures and split from the Roman Church. But this wasn’t for doctrinal reform, rather it was because he longed for a divorce from his wife. Convinced his wife would never bare him a son and in love with another woman, he decided to part with the Roman Church when the Roman Church refused to let him part from his current wife. Here’s what Gansky has to say about it:

“Henry VIII shaped the church with a wedge, splitting the English church from the Roman Church. Ironically, he had no dispute with Roman Catholic doctrine, unlike the Protestants of the Reformation movement. Yet the pope and the inconvenience of Roman Church politics stood in the way of his desires.”

King Henry VIII may not have split because he wanted reform, but once he broke from the Roman Church this gave Reformers the perfect foothold to encourage change. Curtis, Lang, and Peterson all agree that this split as a huge moment, “Once broken from the pope, the Church of England remained separate. Succeeding waves of Reformation in England were rapid and tumultuous.”

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Learn more about the people and events that have influenced the church through the ages in Alton Gansky’s 60 People Who Shaped the Church: Learning from Sinners, Saints, Rogues and Kenneth Curtis’, J. Stephen Lang’s, and Randy Peterson’s The 100 Most Important Events in Christian History.

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