The primary author of Reformed Think is Rev. T.R. Penry III, along with any other Bloggers form the Persona of 'Martin Marprelate'. Reformed Think is patterned after the intent of the Marprelate Tracts, which were distributed in England and Wales by John Penry in 1588 and 1589. I (T.R.) believe that the Tracts authors were a collaboration of several authors: Sir Michael Hicks, Roger Williams, Henry Barrow, George Carleton, Patrick Collinson, Job Throckmorton and John Penry. Most Scholars of the Marprelate Controversy agree that Job Throckmorton was most likely the primary author with assistance from John Penry in an editorial and distribution capacity. Though authorship cannot be unequivocally established, each of those mentioned would, at the very least, be in agreement with it's intent and content. 'Martin Marprelate' was a pseudonym that was used by a 'Puritan Writer' who waged a 'War of pamphlets' (Marprelate Tracts) against the established Anglican Leadership.
The Marprelate Tracts have been characterized as being invective towards each of the Anglican Dignitaries of the time. Though Reformed Think has taken on the Intent and Content of the Marprelate Tracts, Reformed Think refuses to take on an invective posture within it's content. We are directed by Scripture to "Speak the Truth in Love" (Ephesians 4:1-16) and "... the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere (James 3:17). See also James 3:13-18 and 1 Timothy 2:1-15.
Having said this, we must also recognize that in 'speaking the truth in love' will also have the affect of conviction. This conviction then stirs up a multitude of emotions that can easily turn to anger. Reformed Think is designed to be 'hard hitting' in regards to Biblical Truth but Respectful when it comes to the Human condition. For the sake of 'Truth' as God dictates in His Word, we freely and willing engage to struggle together in order that the Truth of the Gospel prevail in our lives.
We at Reformed Think pray that this site will encourage and challenge you in your Thinking and Life in your commitment to Jesus Christ (Proverbs 16:3 and Jeremiah 29:10-14). We also have a passion to add value to the Lives of all we have the privilege to Minister to through these series of Blogs/Vlogs.
In saying all this, we at Reformed Think understand that without an intentional study of the Scriptures (2 Timothy 2:15), everything that we espouse would be for not. Therefore, we encourage everyone to Read and Study you Bible. Remembering that the Word of God gives us a glimpse of the mind and character of God. Scripture itself, is more important than anything we have to offer (Hebrews 4:12). Submit yourself to the Leadership of a Christ-centered Bible Practicing Church. Encourage yourself and others by committing to a Fellowship of other Christ-centered believers (Hebrews 10:24-25).
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