By Alton Gansky
The Church exists this present day in its present shape as a result of those that have come sooner than us. Who have been these humans? Staid and dour students? Cultural movers and shakers? How does their contribution to heritage have an effect on us today?
From a consummate storyteller comes this choice of inspiring biographical sketches of people that performed pivotal roles in advancing the dominion of God in the world. In wealthy prose and spanning twenty centuries of church historical past, those enticing narratives diversity from the well known to the vague, highlighting personalities corresponding to Josephus, Francis of Assisi, Thomas Aquinas, Galileo, John Calvin, Blaise Pascal, Jonathan Edwards, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, William Wilberforce, G. ok. Chesterton, etc. Readers will believe the prior come alive and mingle of their minds with the current nation of the Church, encouraging and provoking them to dwell their very own religion courageously in our time—and form the Church of the long run.
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The man left in the dirt along the roadside was one of the most honored, best-known people in history. He, like many Jews of his day, was a man of multiple names: Saul and Paul. The stoning of Paul has a connection to another stoning, one in which he had participated. Approximately sixteen years before, Paul—better known then by his Jewish name, Saul—stood on the rim of a similar pit consenting, and perhaps orchestrating, the stoning death of a young man named Stephen, a deacon in the fledgling Jerusalem church.
John Wycliffe (c. 1320–1384) 126 Theologian, translator, and reformer who gave the world the first Bible in English. 22. Nicolaus Copernicus (1473–1543) 130 Quiet, unassuming Polish astronomer who showed that the earth need not be the center of the solar system to be the center of God’s love. 23. Martin Luther (1483–1546) 133 Former monk, Reformer, and writer who started a movement that split from the Catholic Church. Unintentional founder of the Lutheran church. 24. Ulrich Zwingli (1484–1531) 141 Radical Reformer whose love for the Bible (in an age when priests were often unfamiliar with Scripture) led him to break with Catholic tradition.
He had failed to protect Jesus in the garden; his Lord was bound and enduring abuse. In the maelstrom of emotion and confusion, Peter folded. It is doubtful anyone would have done better. The memory would never leave him. It dogged his steps and haunted the halls of his mind. It also forged him into the greatest leader the church has seen. And all of this was just the first act. From Darkness to Light The New Testament records twelve resurrection appearances of Christ. He appeared to key women such as Mary Magdalene, to the disciples in the upper room, and to as many as five hundred on a hillside in Galilee.