It’s titled HEINRICH BULLINGER: “THE COMMON SHEPHERD OF ALL CHRISTIAN CHURCHES”, by Leonard W. Pine
Whenever one thinks of the Swiss branch of the Reformation, one usually thinks of Ulrich Zwingli as the pivotal figure. But like the conquering King David, it was not Zwingli’s lot to build God’s house. That calling came to Zwingli’s disciple and successor, Henry Bullinger. Like Solomon in Israel, Henry would expand the borders of the kingdom throughout Europe: consolidating, organizing, and shepherding the flock so newly in the reformed fold.
Heinrich Bullinger enjoyed his four hundred and ninety-second birthday this past July 18. Born in 1504 in Bremgarten, a small town about ten miles west of Zurich, young Henry was raised and trained for the priesthood. His father, a priest himself (who paid the regional bishop a yearly tribute for the privilege of keeping a wife contrary to the dogma of the Church), was a firm but loving man of modest means who loved his God more than himself. He passed his attitude on to his son, who diligently studied the fathers in preparation for teaching in a monastery. Henry’s university work in Cologne put him in contact with the works of Erasmus, Luther, and Melancthon, which in turn led him directly to the Scriptures. The seed fell into fertile ground.
You can read the whole piece here. I mention it today because today is the anniversary of Bullinger’s election to the Pastorate at Bremgarten – 17 May, 1529. Readers will recall that it was 16 May of that year that Bullinger first preached at Bremgarten. They must have really liked him. But he would only serve the Church there for a couple of years. After Zwingli was viciously murdered, dismembered, and burnt to ash by the Papists at Kappel, Bullinger was called to the Great Minster of Zurich where he would remain the rest of his very, very long life.