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131 Christians Everyone Should Know

Dietrich Bonhoeffer German theologian and resister1906-1945 “Cheap grace is preaching forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession…. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.” “The time is fulfilled for the…

131 Christians Everyone Should Know

Jan Huss Pre-Reformation Reformer1369-1415 “Lord Jesus, it is for thee that I patiently endure this cruel death. I pray thee to have mercy on my enemies.” Early in his monastic career, Martin Luther, rummaging through the stacks of a library, happened upon a volume…

131 Christians Everyone Should Know

Thomas Becket Murdered archbishop of Canterbury1118-1170 “For the name of Jesus and the protection of the church I am ready to embrace death.” In this century, the Nobel laureate T.S. Eliot dramatized Thomas Becket’s martyrdom in his play Murder in the Cathedral, and Jean…

131 Christians Everyone Should Know

Boniface Apostle of Germany675-754 “You seem to glow with the salvation-bringing fire which our Lord came to send upon the earth.” —Gregory II to Boniface His first job as a missionary was a failure. Wynfrith (or Winfrid) had wanted to be a traveling evangelist…

131 Christians Everyone Should Know

Perpetua High society believer ???-203 “It will all happen in the prisoner’s dock as God wills, for you may be sure that we are not left to ourselves but are all in his power.” We have little idea what brought Perpetua to faith in…

131 Christians Everyone Should Know

Polycarp Aged bishop of Smyrna69-156 AD “He who grants me to endure the fire will enable me also to remain on the pyre unmoved, without the security you desire from nails.” Polycarp had been a Christian since he was a child, but the Romans…

131 Christians Everyone Should Know

Ignatius of Antioch Earliest post-New Testament martyr35-107 AD “Now I begin to be a disciple…. Let fire and cross, flocks of beasts, broken bones, dismemberment… come upon me, so long as I attain to Jesus Christ.” Ignatius was going to die. He knew it….

131 Christians Everyone Should Know

Galileo Galilei Misjudged astronomer1564-1642 “God is known by nature in his works, and by doctrine in his revealed word.” Galileo Galilei, though famous for his scientific achievements in astronomy, mathematics, and physics, and infamous for his controversy with the church was, in fact, a…

131 Christians Everyone Should Know

Francis Bacon Philosopher of science 1561-1627 “Knowledge is the rich storehouse for the glory of the Creator and the relief of man’s estate” Francis Bacon was a devout Anglican remembered for his public failure and a great scientific mind. Perhaps, as he said, the…

131 Christians Everyone Should Know

John Foxe Martyrologist1516-1587 What storms and tempests it [the church] hath overpast, wondrous it is to behold.” The works of church historians rarely influence history itself, but John Foxe’s Acts and Monuments of Matters Happening to the Church—commonly known as Foxes Book of Martyrs—is…