A Jew for Jesus

A Jew for Jesus from the March 28, 2016 eNews issue Jay Rubin For I want to let you know about this secret, brothers, so that you will not claim to be wiser than you are: Stubbornness has come to part of Israel until the full number of the gentiles comes to faith. In this way, all Israel will be saved, as it is written, “The Deliverer will come from Zion; he will remove ungodliness from Jacob. This is my covenant with Continue Reading

Faithful Through the Ages: Thomas Becket – Murder in the Cathedral

An archbishop of Canterbury and the most popular saint of the High Middle Ages, Thomas Becket (1118 - 1170) is the reason for which People make pilgrimages to Canterbury—"the holy blisful martir for to seke." Without this saint, who from the tomb heals all varieties of diseases, the wonderfully earthy poetry of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales would not have been written. Thomas Becket, murdered in the cathedral, is loved and hated as both saint Continue Reading

Faithful Through the Ages: Polycarp – Bishop and Martyr of Smyrna

Faithful Through the Ages Polycarp - Bishop and Martyr of Smyrna ====================================== Verse: Revelation 2:10 Quote: "For eighty-six years I have served Him. He has never done me wrong. How can I blaspheme my King who saved me?" When the apostle John put into words his revelation on the Island of Patmos, he could not have known how precise his prophetic words to the church in Smyrna would be: "Do not be afraid of what Continue Reading

Faithful Through the Ages: Felix Manz – Execution in Icy Waters

Felix Manz - Execution in Icy Waters ==================================== A student of Zwingli and a good friend of Grebel, Felix Manz (1498 - 1527) was cofounder of the first congregation of Anabaptist Swiss Brethren. The son of a Catholic cleric, Manz, like Grebel, had a well-rounded sixteenth-century humanist liberal arts education that included Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. Like Grebel, he was imprisoned for preaching his new-found faith and Continue Reading

Faithful Through the Ages: Thomas Cranmer – Theologian and Martyr

Thomas Cranmer - Theologian and Martyr ====================================== Quote: Final words of Thomas Cranmer: "And for as much as my hand offended, writing contrary to my heart, my hand shall first be punished therefore; for, may I come to the fire, it shall be first burned." Considered the premier leader of the English Reformation, Thomas Cranmer (1489 - 1556) ranks alongside Luther in Germany, Calvin in Switzerland, and Knox in Continue Reading

Faithful Through the Ages: Perpetua and Felicitas – Faith Above Family

Perpetua and Felicitas - Faith Above Family =========================================== Verse: Joel 2:28-29 Quote: "And we therefore, what we have heard and handled, declare also to you, brethren and little children, that as well you . . . may be reminded of them again to the glory of the Lord, as that you who know them by report may have communion with the blessed martyrs, and through them with the Lord Jesus Christ, to whom be glory and Continue Reading

Faithful Through the Ages: Benedict of Nursia – Father of Western Monasticism

Benedict of Nursia - Father of Western Monasticism ================================================== Verse: John 12:35 Quote: "To you, therefore, my words are now addressed, whoever you may be, who are renouncing your own will to do battle under the Lord Christ, the true King, and are taking up the strong, bright armor of obedience." (The Rule of St. Benedict, Prologue) Born into a prosperous family in northern Italy, Benedict (480 - 550) Continue Reading

Faithful Through the Ages: Karl Barth – Leading Theologian of the Twentieth Century

Karl Barth - Leading Theologian of the Twentieth Century ======================================================== In 1911, Karl Barth (1886 - 1968) is settling into his first parish in the Swiss industrial town of Safenwil. Here in this economically depressed and seemingly God-forsaken place, Barth gets his start in pastoral ministry. Born in Basel, Switzerland, he is the son and grandson of ministers, but family connections have not paved the Continue Reading

Faithful Through the Ages William Seymour – Azusa Street Revivalist

William Seymour - Azusa Street Revivalist ========================================= The Azusa Street Revival of 1906 in Los Angeles is widely regarded as the key event that launched the twentieth-century Pentecostal and charismatic movements. In itself, however, it is just another in a series of revivals and "outpourings" that had begun in the late nineteenth century. What is profoundly different in the case of Azusa Street is publicity. Indeed, Continue Reading

Faithful Through the Ages: Kanzo Uchimura – Leader of Japanese Independent Churches

Kanzo Uchimura - Leader of Japanese Independent Churches ======================================================== As Lottie Moon was dying aboard ship at a port in Kobe, Japan, Kanzo Uchimura (1861 - 1930) was struggling to preach a gospel message that was culturally relevant. Born in Tokyo the son of a Confucian scholar, he enrolled at the Sapporo Agricultural College founded by William Smith Clark, an American educator. Through Clark's Continue Reading