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131 Christians Everyone Should Know

Hugh Latimer & Nicholas Ridley English reformers who died together1485-1555 “Be of good comfort, Mr. Ridley, and play the man! We shall this day light such a candle, by God’s grace, in England, as I trust never shall be put out.” Their lives didn’t…

131 Christians Everyone Should Know

Louis IX Saintly king of France1214-1270 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem.” —Louis IX’s dying words He didn’t act like a king. He wore hair shirts and visited hospitals, sometimes emptying the bedpans. He collected relics and built a chapel to house them. Such unkingly behavior was one…

131 Christians Everyone Should Know

Charlemagne Christian ruler of a “holy” empire 742-814 “Our task [as secular ruler] is externally, with God’s help, to defend with our arms the holy Church of Christ against attacks by the heathen from any side and against devastation by the infidels.” Pepin III,…

131 Christians Everyone Should Know

Gregory the Great “Servant of the Servants of God” 540-604 “Act in such a way that your humility may not be weakness, nor your authority be severity. Justice must be accompanied by humility, that humility may render justice lovable.” Gregory, before he became pope,…

131 Christians Everyone Should Know

Leo I Pope and international diplomat 400-461 “As the primacy of the apostolic see is based on the title of the blessed Peter,… no illicit steps may be taken against this see to usurp its authority.” During his papacy, Leo I condemned heretics, convinced…

131 Christians Everyone Should Know

Justinian I and Theodora I Greatest Byzantine Rulers 483-565 There are two great gifts which God, in his love for man, has granted from on high: the priesthood and the imperial dignity” —Justinian I What many previous emperors before had failed to do, “we…

131 Christians Everyone Should Know

Theodosius I Emperor who made Christianity “the” Roman religion 347-395 “He… earned the title ‘the Great’ because of his devout Christianity. —Michael Grant In lists of Roman Emperors, Theodosius is far from the most notable. One historian noted that this son of an emperor…

131 Christians Everyone Should Know

Constantine First Christian emperor 280-337 “I have experienced this in others and in myself, for I walked not in the way of righteousness…. But the Almighty God, who sits in the court of heaven, granted what I did not deserve.” The first Life of…

131 Christians Everyone Should Know

Walter Rauschenbusch Champion of the social gospel 1861-1918 “Christ’s conception of the kingdom of God came to me as a new revelation. Here was the idea and purpose that had dominated the mind of the Master himself…. I found… this new conception… strangely satisfying….

131 Christians Everyone Should Know

William Booth First General of the Salvation Army 1829-1912 “I seemed to hear a voice sounding in my ears, ‘Where can you go and find such heathen as these, and where is there so great a need for your labors?’” After he died, 150,000…