The 14th Most Influential Christian ever is… Pope John Paul II –

As part of our “countdown” to the book launch at the end of February, today we are posting that the recent Pope, John Paul the 2nd, came in at #14 on the ranking of the most influential Christians since the Apostles.

In 1976, he became the first non-Italian born Pope since 1523, a span of 450 years.

John Paul 2nd would become the most traveled Pope in Church history, and declared, in the mid 1980’s, that a new official Cathechism of the Catholic Church must be written.  This was the first definitive collection of the Catholic Christian faith and doctrines since the Baltimore Catechism of 1885.   In addition, the Pope was seen as instrumental in the underlying societal feelings that finally resulted in the fall of communism in Russia and Eastern Europe.

Feel free to comment on this result/selection.  Thanks, and God Bless,

Ken L.

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Introducing our Cover, and PreOrder/Sales Instructions-

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Book pre-orders are now available! SAVE $2- $3 off regular S&H fees:

Via Paypal, we are now accepting book preorders for “The Top Ten Most Influential Christians (since the Apostles)”.  Book price is $10.00, and our current shipping and handling cost is $2.00 (to the continental USA).

To preorder, simply log-in to your Paypal account and send a payment ($12.00) to the following email address-based PP account-   thebranches@yahoo.com     The name on the PP account is Ken Lambert/ Abby Matzke.   In the recipient message box, please write- “1 book preorder” and type in your mailing address.  And any other info you would like us to know.  We will take it from there.  If you would like to preorder more than (1) book, please email us directly first and we could likely give more of a discount.

We are doing these preorder sales in this fashion prior to establishing our e-retail links/ bookstores via our Publisher.  Any questions, please email Abby or I.  Thanks for your interest and support.

 

The 15th Most Influential Christian is….. Martin Chemnitz

As part of our efforts to publish and discuss the Top 10 Most Influential Christians of all time (since the Apostles), we will be posting a “count-down” of sorts.  Last week we listed the 16th- 20th persons from our exclusive survey.

The 15th most influential Christian is German-born Martin Chemnitz, a crucial figure in the 16th century.  As a famous 17th century saying went- “If the second Martin had not come, the first Martin would not have stood.”

Chemnitz studied under Luther as well as Reformation cohort Philip Melancthon, and it was Chemnitz’ mastery of the early Church Fathers that helped the fledgling breakaway group refute the Catholic Church’s Council of Trent.

For more information on Chemnitz, along with other instrumental Christians, please consider ordering our pending book.  Presale ordering instructions are posted elsewhere on this Blog.

Thanks, and God Bless,

Ken L.

Listen in to “The Christian Perspective” radio program- Jan. 19th

This Thursday- the 19th- at 4pm EST, Ken will be featured on TCP Radio to discuss the book and subject matter.

What is TCP_Radio? The Christian Perspective Radio Program (which is what the TCP in TCP_Radio stands for), is a show hosted by Ben Umnus Tuesday and Thursdays. Ben speaks of the current buzz, political commentary, reflecting on cultural trends, and all that other “important” stuff people like to ramble on about. Nothing is off the table for discussion, conditioned the show remains clean and respectful; TCP Radio though Christian based is friendly to people of all walks of life. TCP_Radio welcomes guest interviews and has had guests such as Ken Ham, Ben Kinchlow, Bruce Marchiano, and Marilyn Hickey on the program. Mr. Umnus also writes various topics (some similar in content to what you may hear on the radio program) including Book and movie reviews, food critiques, sports predictions/commentary, theological discussion, etc. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please let Ben know.

Log in/ listening instructions can be found at-   http://www.blogtalkradio.com/benumnus

We are excited to have a conversation with Ben and we welcome any calls from the public. Thanks, and God Bless,

Ken L.

The Countdown Begins- #’s 16 through 20

As we move closer to the book launch, we will be posting weekly updates and some of our exclusive rankings/findings of the Most Influential Christians, since the Apostles.  More info on these persons, and on our system/ methodology of the “rankings” themselves will be detailed in our book.

Without further adieu-

#20-  Charles Spurgeon.  Called by many “the prince of preachers”, the famous Baptist preacher of 1800’s England.

#19-  Pope Pius 9th.  Mid 1800’s Pope, who was the longest reigning Pope since the Apostle Peter.

#18-  Joseph Smith.  Founded the Mormons in the 1820’s; alleges to have had a new “revelation” from God.  *We understand Smith is not a Christian, but his name was allowed in our survey because he was a “self-professed” Christian.  It is clear that he has had a significant effect on the U.S. universal church- be it a detriment to Christianity.

#17-  Arius.  A major figure in the 4th Century, who divided many in the Church with his views that Jesus was less than the Father.  The Nicene Creed is a direct response to his incorrect views.

#16-  C.F.W. Walther.  Introduced and led the Lutheran movement in the U.S. in the mid- 1800’s.  President of its seminary for 37 years.

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These are our findings, and they are not the direct opinions of book authors Abby Matzke or Ken Lambert.  We are reporting the findings, after our analysis.  We hope that a discussion of these important persons will lead many to explore various aspects and details of the Christian faith.

Let the “debate” begin!

God Bless,

Ken L.