Bright Candle of Courage
Bright Candle of Courage
By Bert B. Beach

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The place is Oxford, England. The date is October 16, 1555. “Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley stand back-to-back at a common stake, a chain about their waists. As the flames leap up, Latimer’s voice rings out, ‘Be of good comfort. . . . We shall this day light such a candle, by God’s grace, . . . as I trust shall never be put out.’ ” 

The candle of courage ignited by these and other defenders of religious liberty still burns today. But we can never forget that “the price of liberty is eternal vigilance.” 

Author, international lecturer, and teacher Dr. Bert B. Beach looks at the historical beginnings of religious liberty and where we stand today on the key issues, and he alerts us to the potential winds of strife that threaten to snuff out the candle of freedom.