Through thirty years of ministry, the voice of Hugh Latimer was the clearest and most influential in England for the great truths of the Reformation. His simple gospel message, and condemnation of the church’s false teaching, was despised by the church authorities, but applauded by King Henry VIII and loved by the ordinary people. His straightforward Biblical preaching brought the gospel to many thousands of his countrymen. His stirring life was eventually ended in martyrdom.
Latimer was widely acclaimed as the foremost preacher of the English Reformation. His sermons still resonate with power and effect nearly 500 years since they were first delivered. ‘I have an ear for other preachers,’ one nobleman said, ‘but I have a heart for Latimer.’
This book is a helpful introduction to the life of one of England’s leading Reformers. It highlights the state of the nation in the sixteenth century and, alongside that, brings out the godliness, conviction, courage and skill of Latimer.
Ian Hamilton (pastor of Cambridge Presbyterian Church, England) comments that “Hannula beautifully captures Latimer’s gospel spirit and made me, for one, desire to be a better preacher for my Saviour and His cause”.
Richard Hannula lives in Tacoma, Washington, USA, where he serves as the principal of Covenant High School and is an elder in a Presbyterian Church of America congregation. He is the author of Trial and Triumph: Stories from Church History.