The masses of my astute blog readers will immediately know the significance of this date, particularly in relation to John Knox (and hence knoxville). For the rest, this is the year that Knox fled Scotland to serve the church in England under Edward VI. Knox ministered near Newcastle until the rise of Mary Tudor to the throne.
So, why is 2010 similar to 1549 you ask? Well, after nearly 6 years serving in Edinburgh, Scotland, we will be moving, God willing, to Leeds, England this summer. I have accepted a call to City Evangelical Church in south Leeds. It’s a bit further south than Newcastle, and I’m not fleeing for my life. Nor am I originally from Scotland. Also, I won’t be serving in the Church of England. But if we look past all of those things, it’s 1549.
This poses one last great question. Should I change the name of my world famous, stat exploding, trend setting blog? Would that affect the markets? Consumer confidence? The pound value? Well, rather than cause an uproar, I think I’ll merely amend to to be called ‘Knoxville c. 1549’. Sleep easy friends.