By Alton Gansky

The Church exists this day in its present shape as a result those who have come prior to us. Who have been these humans? Staid and dour students? Cultural movers and shakers? How does their contribution to heritage impact us today?
From a consummate storyteller comes this selection of inspiring biographical sketches of people that performed pivotal roles in advancing the dominion of God on the earth. In wealthy prose and spanning twenty centuries of church historical past, those attractive 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, and so on. Readers will suppose the prior come alive and mingle of their minds with the current kingdom of the Church, encouraging and inspiring them to dwell their very own religion courageously in our time—and form the Church of the longer term.

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John Calvin (1509–1564) 164 Influential theologian and founder of Calvinism. His theological works are the basis for denominations like the Presbyterians. 30. John Foxe (1516–1587) 171 Author of Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, a centuries-old reminder that faith grew from the deaths of courageous men and women. 31. Jacob Arminius (1560–1609) 175 Theologian and the other half of the Calvin/Arminius debate. His doctrine is held by many Protestant churches. 32. Francis Bacon (1561–1626) 181 Man of science and advocate of the scientific method; lawyer and statesman.

We can only wonder about Paul’s private thoughts during the days that followed. Certainly he weighed Jesus’ words. ” Paul was a Pharisee, a conservative religious leader. He was an “up-and-comer,” a rising star in the religious world of Israel. His credentials were impeccable. He thought he was doing God a favor by attempting to stamp out the fledgling church. For three days Paul sat in his blindness, refusing food and drink. His depression must have been crushing. No doubt he thought about the Christians he had imprisoned and the accusations he had made.

His personal relationship with those who walked with Christ gave him a special standing in the Christian community, and rightly so. It is possible that Revelation 2:8–11 was written to the Church of Smyrna while Polycarp was bishop. ” Word had reached Polycarp and his supporters that he was a wanted man. His followers convinced him, against his personal inclination, to hide. They moved him from his home to a farm outside the city. Perhaps they felt his death would discourage Christians throughout the region.

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