By Alton Gansky
The Church exists at the present time 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 background impact 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 on the earth. In wealthy prose and spanning twenty centuries of church historical past, those enticing narratives diversity from the well known to the imprecise, highlighting personalities comparable 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 think the earlier come alive and mingle of their minds with the current country of the Church, encouraging and inspiring them to stay their very own religion courageously in our time—and form the Church of the longer term.
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Some sacrificed dearly, like the Anabaptist minister who was executed for baptizing his children, and the misunderstood scientists who not only changed science but changed the way we look at ourselves. And some of these people who shaped the church weren’t even Christians. This book is a collection of sixty people who shaped the church: sinners, saints, rogues, and heroes. I began with a much longer list and agonized over each personality I crossed off. I felt as if I should apologize to each one.
Polycarp had led the church in Smyrna for decades and he was known as a man of prayer and faithfulness, admirable qualities in another time and place. There, under Roman rule and with waves of persecution growing by the day, being a well-known Christian was unhealthy. Later artists would depict this ancient church leader as thin, balding, and with narrow, sharp features. Sharpest of all were his wit and courage. ” People did it all the time. Three short words that had no meaning to most of the day.
His work opened the door of understanding to the Gentiles of his day. In the process, he shaped the church by showing what life was like for early Christians. 4 Polycarp Faith in the Fire (69–155) Pray also for kings, and potentates, and princes, and for those that persecute and hate you, and for the enemies of the cross, that your fruit may be manifest to all, and that ye may be perfect in Him. 1 Gathering in stadiums is an ancient practice, with the oldest known stadium being the one in Olympia, Greece.