By Alton Gansky
The Church exists at the present time in its present shape as a result of the 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 heritage impact us today?
From a consummate storyteller comes this number 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 imprecise, highlighting personalities resembling Josephus, Francis of Assisi, Thomas Aquinas, Galileo, John Calvin, Blaise Pascal, Jonathan Edwards, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, William Wilberforce, G. okay. Chesterton, and so forth. Readers will suppose the earlier come alive and mingle of their minds with the current country 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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Maybe, but he had been willing to take on a large crowd single-handedly, so something else must also have been at work. His world was collapsing. 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.
No Jewish burial for this victim. He would be left to rot in the sun and be ravaged by scavengers. Few things repulsed Jews more. 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.
He was not a Christian, and the Jews of his homeland considered him a traitor, the Benedict Arnold of first-century Judaism. If not for the kindness of Vespasian and his son Titus, men who both served as emperor of Rome, Josephus’ life might have been much more difficult and perhaps ended early by the business end of a sword. Whatever his failings and questionable decisions, his accounts of first-century life, told in three volumes, are still read two thousand years later and are held as a reliable historical record of that day and age.