Paul of Tarsus, the Apostle -- whose letters comprise two-thirds of the New Testament. Honored by the Government of Spain and Spanish philatelists as the most read letter writer in history. Several Pauline stamps commemorate his visit to the Iberian Peninsula. Paul once said, "Send me my cloak and my books." A real practical guy! He also said, "If it be not true, then we are liars and the most miserable of men."
Did Paul die in Rome, or did he really travel as far as Spain and the British Isles? Well, if you have never read the C.S. Sonnini manuscript found in the Archives of Constantinople, Turkey in the late 1700's, it's worth looking in to it. The manuscript reads,
"And they departed out of Spain, and Paul and his company finding a ship in Armorica sailing unto Britain, they went therein, and passing along the South Coast, they reached a port called Raphinus [the Roman name for Sandwich, in Kent].
Now when it was voiced abroad that the Apostle had landed on their coast, great multitudes of the inhabitants met him, and they treated Paul courteously and he entered in at the east gate of their city, and lodged in the house of an Hebrew and one of his own nation...
And on the marrow he came and stood upon Mount Lud and the people thronged at the gate, and assembled in the Broadway, and he preached..." (verses 7-9)
Mount Lud at the gate and the Broadway is the intersection where the great St. Paul's Cathedral, London, stands today. Lucky guess, right?!
Read: Paul in Britain, R.W. Morgan
The Letter of Paul to the Romans; Written to the British Royal family sequestered in Rome under house arrest residing at the Domus Pudentis, Palatium Britannicum, Domus Apostolorum, Titulus, Pastor, St. Pudentiana when Caractacus, prince of Siluria (Western England) and military ruler and his family were captured by invading Roman forces. Chapter 16 identifies members of the Selurian household. Morgan (p 127)
The First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians; "The Greatest of these is Love..." - Letter
The Second Letter of Paul to the Corinthians; "Able to Stand Alone lacking nothing..." - Letter
The Letter of Paul to the Galatians; Paul's earliest confrontation with legalists and fundamentalists. Luther's said he was married to the Book of Galatians.
The Letter of Paul to the Ephesians; The Battle of the ages; the Aeons who are approaching.
The Letter of Paul to the Philippians; Paul's "Joy" Letter.
The Letter of Paul to the Colossians; Paul's definition of Pre-eminence.
The Second Letter of Paul to Timothy; The last letter written by Paul as he sat shackled some 20 feet underground in the Mamartine Prison, Rome -- awaiting disputation of trial. It's remarkable to think that 2 millenia later we're able to read this letter penned to a friend.
The Letter of Paul to the Hebrews; sometimes called the "fifth Gospel"
Eleanor of Acquitaine -- the Queen to Louis VII of France, she later married the duke Henry Plantagenet of Normandy whom she helped become King of England making her one of the most powerful women to influence history -- the GrandMum of both France and England in the Middle Ages. Unlike many royal women of her time, she was apparently a beautiful woman. Unlike women in most times, she was liberated wielding powers that would give Leona Helmsley a run for the title "Queen of Mean". Living till the age of 82, she rode horseback from Paris to Fountainebleu, a distance of several hundred miles, upon hearing news of the death of her son, Richard Lionheart of England.
An interesting aside: The commercial language of Acquitaine was the same language spoken at ancient Antioch.
Martin Luther, the Reformer -- who individually shook history and reshaped the face of Europe. When brought to trial, Luther was reminded by an associate that the whole world was against him to which Luther replied, then tell them I'm against the WHOLE world! Our world is different because this one person stepped forward and made it different.
The Life and Acts of Martin Luther written by Philip Melancthon
On the death of Martin Luther written to the Students at the University of Wittenberg by Philip Melancthon
William Tyndale fled to the safety of Luther. Through his many works, and finally through giving his life being burn at the stake by roman inquisitors, this great Reformer... perhaps more than any other English writer of his time established the English language; and thereby giving to the whole world the Gospel.
John Donne, the English Poet - in 1624 wrote, "No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee..." somewhat regretting the quote later in life after realizing that sometimes men and women are called to take a stand. On some ocassions No man is an island until the time he finds himself needing to stand alone.
Thomas Jefferson, the Democrat (3rd President of the United States) - proponent of John Locke's social contract as expressed in Samuel Rutherford's book entitled Lex Rex not Rex Lex = the Law is Ruler not the Ruler is Law. So the phrase, "Open up in the name of the Law" does not mean "Open up in the name of the police standing at the door." Hopefully, it means that the policeman standing there still recognizes a Law separate from him/herself which they, too, must abide by. Thankfully, most do.
Jefferson understood in this Country, People give Government its rights to exist, not the other way around. Today, few people still realize that our Country existed years before the Federal government was granted power by the People. Memorize (and don't forget) the U.S. Constitution - Bill of Rights. It is ours; they belong to us.
I have always found it interesting that the first amendment to the Bill of Rights (not to be taken away by Government) is NOT "freedom of speech", nor is it "freedom of the press". It still is "freedom of religion". The same Government that can attack any portion of the First Amendment (no matter how bizzare the cause may seem - and this we know, Governments will justify there power gluttony, always)... the same Government, if allowed to discard or ignore one portion can thrash any other part of the First Amendment (or any part of the other nine). If and when Religious freedoms go, you can bet that Press and Speech will be close to follow. To give up a phrase of the Constitution opens the way for absolute powers to consume the whole Constitution solutely.
And one final thought, the separation of Church and State makes sense. These two institutions are always at odds with each other. It seems Religionists desire ruling the people while Government just loves playing God all the time. The First Amendment does not require that both are entrenched in enmity toward each other. Rather, it does allow both institutions to keep out of each others responsibilities and get on with their own assignments... which is not necessarily that the Religionist take care of those people... MADE and KEPT POOR by Governmental policies.
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A great family tradition of the Jefferson's could be seen at the dinner parties he hosted. Thomas Jefferson would always light three (3) candles. His honored guest would then be asked to illumine three aspects of his/her life to the attendees describing: something memorable from the Past; something challenging in the Present; and, something hoped for in the Future.
Two Scottish men who greatly influenced the framing of our Constitution were Samuel Rutherford, author of Lex Rex, and John Locke who grew up in this emerging atmosphere of democratic social order first articulated by Rutherford.
Vidiciae Contra Tyrannos A Defense of Liberty Against Tyrants by Junius Brutur Attributed to Philippe Duplessis-Mornay, the book which inspired Rutherford's Lex Rex
William Wilberforce is a name unfamiliar to most Americans... though he spent most of his life singly focused to be used for the benefit of many throughout the world... and for all the generations since he lived.
As an evangelical Christian... Wilberforce associated with William Cooper, the well-known poet/ hymn writer who composed the old hymn: God Moves In A Mysterious Way... which ultimately influenced John Newton, the one-time slave trader who composed the great hymn: Amazing Grace. Isn't it amazing that each doing their part strengthened one another as these evangelical men stood up in PROTEST against the prevailing forces of their day?!
Equally amazing is that these evangelical men of faith stood up in PROTEST against the prevailing forces of fools and greedy folk of their day?! You know, money... isn't evil, but it really is... at the root of all evil. There is not a politician in America... NOT owned by some wealthy entity. Things don't change much down here. But back to William Wilberforce.
In 1789 William Wilberforce dedicated the rest of his life, no matter the cost... to this one cause: effecting abolition in Great Britain. The debates in Parliament are recorded for posterity to read.
From 1780 when Wilberforce began his political career, through 1807 the fiery debates ensued in Parliament until the Slave Trade Act of 1807 was signed into law… abolishing the trading of slaves.
But to the disappointment of many… Wilberforce did not stop there. Rather Wilberforce pressed on in his fight for abolishment... even after resigning from office in 1826 due to failing health. For 11 more years, William Wilberforce led the battle until the 1833 – Slavery Abolition Act was written into law, eliminating slavery from the British Colonies as well as “for compensating the Persons hitherto entitled to the Services of such Slaves.”
Three (3) days later William Wilberforce die.
Interesting to note, it was Wilberforce's conservatism (not a popular notion in our modern American culture of self-importance)... his conservatism drove his decision to courageously PROTEST loudly (like good protestants ought do). And in spite of the silence of many, the prevailing socially repressive legislation of his days fell fatally to the ground. Of course, a natural by-product of his conservative thinking can be heard in the incensed ranting of the critics who daily assailed and disparaged him for those 53 years.
Read more about William Wilberforce: William Wilberforce
Google search: William Wilberforce... produces 1,180,000 websites. Check out William Wilberforce. And thank GOD for men and women like him... who live to set people free... no matter the cost.
Frederick Douglass - His Papers at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.Upon returning to the United States after visiting Ireland and England, Douglass produced several abolitionist publications. One such newspaper: The North Star. The motto of The North Star was "Right is of no Sex – Truth is of no Color – God is the Father of us all, and we are all brethren."
'Tis true my form is something odd,
But blaming me is blaming God;
Could I create myself anew
I would not fail in pleasing you.
If I could reach from pole to pole
Or grasp the ocean with a span,
I would be measured by the soul;
The mind's the standard of the man.
Little did he know that when Sir Frederick Treves, physician to the British Royal House... first found him, the repugnant sign placed in front of Joseph was facing the wrong way. For more about this young man's unusual life... please read:
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Robert Frost, the American Poet - author of countless prose and verse including The Road Not Taken (See: full text)
A.W. Tozer, the Preacher; once (well, probably more than once) stunned by the unabashed impudence of an 80 (plus) year old man who had spent his whole lifetime - more than 80 years - captivated by breeding "spotted mice". I'm sure that's a noble calling. But thankfully, some are called to dream dreams, others to see visions, and still others to "attempt great things...".
Jackie Robinson, the often told story of Jackie Robinson is his great success in American baseball; especially his many achievements as the first Black athlete in the Baseball major leagues... but few know about the FAITH of this great man. Few have ever heard about Branch Rickey general manager of the Dodgers who searched for a man of Christian faith able to withstand the vitriol and hatred that needed to be endured... few have ever learned the lesson to: turn the other cheek as the Lord JESUS taught all his followers.
Jackie Robinson learned that lesson. Read about it: Jackie Robinson - The Life and Faith of Jackie Robinson.
To-sheng Nee, the Watcher - From the city of Foochow, Mainland China, To-sheng Nee taught about what was "normal" in a very abnormal world. During the Cultural Revolution, they tried to make him go away, so... they jailed him. Then they tried to silence him, so they cut out his tongue in effort to cleanse Chinese culture. Well, To-sheng Lee's life is gone, but we can still hear him speak.
Read: Sit, Stand, Walk; Love Not the World
Jack Coleman, the Musician: My mentor Music teacher/ friend. Master Degrees in Administration and Voice, University of Southern California; Listed in the Musician's Who's Who?; Former Music Administrator - Orange County Schools; Music Educator - Disney Productions; high school choral teacher and later vocal coach to Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers .
Jack's many Compositions include: A City of the King; The Centurion; Zack, Jr. (The American Children's Film Festival Award)
Author: Crescendos and Diminuendos; The Second, Memoirs of the Serving in the Second World War
Immediately following World War II, Jack sang Baritone in Dr. Fuller's Old-Fashioned Revival Hour Quartet>
Had the great Psalmist met Jack, I'm convinced he would have written: He [led] them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands. Thank you Jack Coleman.
Some of Jack Coleman's unpublished music is available at: Jack Coleman
Favorite Compositions include: Appalachian Spring; A Lincoln Portrait; Rodeo -- Four Dance Episodes
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