By Alton Gansky
The Church exists at the present time in its present shape as a result of those that have come prior to us. Who have been these humans? Staid and dour students? Cultural movers and shakers? How does their contribution to background have an effect on 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 in the world. In wealthy prose and spanning twenty centuries of church background, those enticing narratives variety from the well known to the vague, highlighting personalities equivalent to Josephus, Francis of Assisi, Thomas Aquinas, Galileo, John Calvin, Blaise Pascal, Jonathan Edwards, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, William Wilberforce, G. okay. Chesterton, and so on. Readers will suppose the earlier 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 longer term.
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Chesterton (1874–1936) 288 Poet, essayist, humorist, and more, this four-hundred-pound man produced a legacy. 57. S. Eliot (1888–1965) 291 Author well-known for his poetry and plays who is less well-known for his faith, yet Christian principles permeated his work and he argued against the humanists of his day, including Bertrand Russell, who believed a free man worshiped only other men. 58. S. Lewis (1898–1963) 294 Professor of medieval literature who came to faith in an intellectual way, and his work continued in that vein.
Peter, James, and John slept nearby while he agonized. Then came the hour of arrest. A mob consisting of Roman soldiers, temple guards, religious leaders, and their servants, perhaps numbering in the hundreds, came for Jesus. At the front of the pack was Judas. Peter, in defense of Jesus, courageously attacked with his sword, cutting off the ear of a servant. We can be certain Peter wasn’t aiming for the man’s ear. Peter was ready to die to protect Jesus—just as he said. Before further violence occurred, Jesus stopped Peter, told him to put the sword away, and healed the wounded servant.
The most familiar circle, however, was “the Twelve,” the hand-selected disciples who accompanied Jesus throughout his ministry. ” There was also one smaller ring of men around Jesus. Of the twelve disciples, there was an inner circle comprised of three: Peter, James, and John. These three saw and experienced things the others did not. They saw the resurrection of the synagogue official’s daughter (Mark 5:35–43), the Transfiguration (Luke 9:28–45), and were with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matt.
60 People Who Shaped the Church. Learning from Sinners, Saints, Rogues, and Heroes by Alton Gansky