Early morning gloom, so early the sun hadn’t even posted yet, but 13 PAX had (well 12 had and SAGA would be joining shortly) (Babe, Panhandle, Shiplap, Banks, Whittler, Da Vinci, T-Bone, Gummi Bear, Noodles, Tortuga, SAGA, Katniss, Big Mac (QIC)).
Disclaimer (and Spoiler) Jan Hus found a cause worth dying for, an F3 morning workout is not worth dying for. Modify as necessary.
Jan Hus – Born in the late 14th century. The exact year is disputed (sometime in the range of 1369-1375)
Born in Husinec, literally “Goosetown” from whence he received his surname.
10 Goose steps (like a tin soldier but elevate foot on ground to tip-toe)
Born into poverty to peasant parents,
Huss trained for the priesthood "I had thought to become a priest quickly in order to secure a good livelihood and dress and to be held in esteem by men."
10 good mornings
Committed to study hard
10 mountain climbers
Headed to Prague
Mosey to wheel
Earned his bachelors, masters and doctorate – 50 curls for bachelors run the hill, 50 bent over rows for masters run the hill, 50 overhead press for doctorate run the hill.
Along the way ordained- Rifle carry up and down the hill.
Encountered the writings of John Wycliffe, stirred interest in the Bible. "When the Lord gave me knowledge of Scriptures, I discharged that kind of stupidity from my foolish mind."
Preacher at Prague’s Bethlehem Chapel (Seats 3000) Preached in Czech not Latin
Mosey to the stadium and run the steps
Starts placing more emphasis on Bible, and more authority on church councils. Re: Bible "desiring to hold, believe, and assert whatever is contained in them as long as I have breath in me."
20 thrusters to lift up the Word of God.
Rift emerges, German and Bohemian sects, Two Popes vie for rule of Christendom
Murder bunnies to opposite ends, rifle carry back. It’s a race.
Everybody loses, both popes deposed. Church council elects Alexander V. Alexander bribed to side against Huss. Huss is branded a heretic and excommunicated. Excommunication only on paper.
Continues to preach.
20 thrusters to lift up the Word of God.
Antipope John XXIII replaces Alexander. Tries to raise money to conquer others vying for papal authority by selling indulgences. Huss is outraged.
Speaks out and is excommunicated for real this time.
Mosey back to Wheel.
1414 – Council of Constance, Huss invited by Holy Roman Emperor, promised safe conduct and enticed by possibility of significant church reforms agreed to travel.
Two Laps around the wheel and then rifle carry to flag.
On arrival immediately arrested and asked to recant on views (papal authority is higher than protection of Roman emperor). No recanting, stops appealing to king, structures of medieval church or even the pope. He appeals to higher authority, Jesus Christ.
20 thrusters, uphold the Word of God.
He is buried in a mound of wood up to his neck. Asked one last time by Duke of Bavaria to recant beliefs.
"No, (said Huss;) I never preached any doctrine of an evil tendency; and what I taught with my lips I now seal with my blood.
From Foxe’s Book of Martyrs "You are now going to burn a goose, (Huss signifying goose in the Bohemian language:) but in a century you will have a swan which you can neither roast nor boil." If he were prophetic, he must have meant Martin Luther, who shone about a hundred years after, and who had a swan for his arms.
Every account I’ve read has him singing hymns as he died in the flames.
Moleskin – There are many cries for justice these days. I’m not sure I could clearly state what the word means, but by listening to those crying out it seems to be a deep sense that all is not right in the world and a longing for something better. Perhaps the climax of Huss’s life is the point when he stops appealing to any earthly authority. All had let him down, the Bavarian King, the Roman Emperor, the Medieval Church and the Pope, all he has left is Christ, and it is to Christ he makes his final appeal. As Christians, we lament injustice, but it does not surprise us. Our hope is not in any of the institutions of earth but in Christ.
Prayer: Babe’s grandfather, T-bone’s M (medical procedure), Noodles for wisdom in job-related conversations.