Portrait of Courage: John Wycliffe


“I believe that in the end truth will conquer” -John Wycliffe

Well, it looks like John knew what he was talking about there.  But can you imagine a guy getting his bones dug up and burned half a century after his death?  John Wycliffe committed the horrible crimes of translating the Bible into the common language of the English people and suggesting that perhaps the Church should focus less on wealth and be more like Jesus in His poverty.  Who’s to say which caused the greater offense, but I’d suspect it was the latter!

One of the things that has helped me greatly in my walk with Christ has been reading and studying the life of great men and women of the faith, the kind of people who were so committed that they were willing to die for their faith.  These are the kind of people who walked the talk and who made a difference in their time and even more in the generations to follow.  Yep, there’s a lot I can learn from a guy like Wycliffe.

One of my concerns in our much-needed push for relevance in our culture is that we may lose our connection with the past.  We may forget that we are standing on the shoulders of spiritual giants from whom we have much to learn.  Let’s make it a point to not only find contemporary examples of people who push the edge but to remind our small group members of others like Wycliffe who did the same.  In doing so, we can make these great Christian examples from the past relevant to our contemporary small groups today.  I don’t know about you, but our community could use another Wycliffe or two!  

by Brian Gass
Brian Gass, editor – Urban ghetto, Catholic school, rural public university, M1 tank, conservative seminary, small-town church, deserts of Central Asia, jungles (urban and rural) of East Asia, and now mostly an office in Nashville, TN. Those have been the most influential places in my journey, and now it’s exciting to see how God wants to use me to reach the world from here! How about people who have influenced me? My awesome wife of over twenty years, our six incredible children, flocks over whom I have been a shepherd, soldiers I have led, players I have coached, team members with whom I have served, and of course parents and teachers and all of the normal stuff we say at this point in the conversation. All of that has solidified my identity as “Nomad.”
Used with permission from SerendipityBlog.
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