By Alton Gansky
The Church exists at the present time in its present shape as a result of the those who have come earlier than us. Who have been these humans? Staid and dour students? Cultural movers and shakers? How does their contribution to historical past 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 heritage, those attractive 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. ok. Chesterton, and so on. Readers will think the prior come alive and mingle of their minds with the current kingdom of the Church, encouraging and provoking them to reside their very own religion courageously in our time—and form the Church of the longer term.
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The objects can be anything from a flag used at a women’s suffrage campaign to a business card used by a gambler with ties to the mob. People, not historical dates, remain the center of the program. I have undertaken a similar approach in what you’re about to read. I wanted to focus on the people who shaped the church. Of course, by doing so, we will see the events that molded the contemporary church, but we will study the flesh-and-blood folk. Is this important? I think so. Church historian Bruce L.
It was common for people in Peter’s day to have a working knowledge of all of these languages. The man we call Peter was named Simeon bar-Jonah (Matt. 16:17). Simeon is the Hebrew name that becomes Simon in Greek (hence, “Simon Bar-Jonah” in the Matthew account). His Aramaic name was Cephas, which means “rock,” hence Petros in Greek, which becomes Peter in English. Four versions of his name, but one person. ” “You are Simon the son of John; you shall be called Cephas” (John 1:42). Chairman of the Board—Peter as Leader Jesus had many followers.
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