Confessional Reformed theology, piety, and practice does not seem to be sweeping the field in North America but it is prospering in other parts of the globe. In this episode Dan Borvan joins us to get us up to speed about the state of the Reformed church across the UK and Europe. This is a wide-ranging discussion. He is also a scholar of the 16th and 17th centuries. When I say Reformed theology, piety, and practice one might think of Calvin’s Geneva or the British Isles, or perhaps the Netherlands. Chances are that one does not think of the French Reformed Churches but, in the 16th century, they were among the most significant churches of the Reformed Reformation. They produced important theologians and much treasure, energy, and blood was spilled to advance the French Reformation. Yet today they are not really on our historical radar most of the time. Dan is trying to do something about that by studying and writing on Pierre Du Moulin (1568–1658). He is also researching the life and theology of Peter Martyr Vermigli (1499–1562). If we know relatively little about the French Reformation we know even less about the Italian Reformation.
Dan is a 2011 graduate of Westminster Seminary California and presently a DPhil candidate in Ecclesiastical History in Keble College, Oxford University. He is also under care of the Midwest Presbytery of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. After graduation he will be seeking ordination to the ministry of the Word. He is an old friend of the Heidelcast, a contributor to the Heidelblog, and a frequent contributor to other podcasts.
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For others who might have interest in seeing the meeting place he speaks of in the early parts of the interview: http://sheffieldpres.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=65&Itemid=103
Juan de Valdes was a Spanish Reformer who lived in what is now Italy but then was part of the Holy Roman Empire, which was ruled by Empreor Charles V (Carlos V), also of Spain.
It is great to hear this positive report on the EPCEW. I planted the church in Cheltenham and have been so encouraged by the continued growth throughout England and Wales.