Lambert to be featured on Author’s radio show -Monday Noon EST-

Ken Lambert will be featured in a 30 minute show geared towards writers and others in the publishing business, to speak about the book itself and the logistics of writing, editing, and marketing.  Please follow the link below-

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/informationinanutshell/2012/02/27/author–ken-lambert

We thank Felice Gerwitz, the host and an industry expert, for asking us to be on-air.

Blessings,

Ken L.

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The 11th Most Influential Christian of all time is…. King Henry 8th

So close now to our thought-provoking “Top 10” list of Christians, since/after the Apostles.

Just missing the “Ten”, King Henry 8th was crowned head of the British monarchy in 1509, and was largely responsible for thrusting the English nation into internal strife and breaking apart formally from Rome and the Pope.  In 1538 Henry VIII issued a proclamation ordering “one book of the whole Bible of the largest volume in English” placed in every church in England. The declaration directed the clergy to put the Bible “in some convenient place whereas your parishioners may most commodiously resort to the same and read it…” This had reversed an earlier royal decree which banned the English biblical translation.

It is widely known that King Henry, who the Pope had in previous years deemed “the defender of the Faith”, had sought an annulment from the Pope regarding his marriage to his first wife. Rome rejected his wishes and as such the King, who was already in love with his soon-to-be 2nd wife, declared that he did not need the Pope to receive an annulment or a divorce, and at that point established himself (and the monarch) to be the official head of the Church of England, rather than the Pope. During this time, in the early to mid 16th century, many countries, factions, and groups were breaking from Rome and the Catholic Church. The Protestant Reformation was in full swing, led by persons like Luther in Germany, Henry in England, Calvin, and others. The king clearly had “other” reasons (unlike Luther and Calvin) to reject the Pope, but with Luther and such they were all instrumental in a widespread opinion across western Europe that the Pope should not have authority over heads of States. In addition, there were many who felt that the Roman Catholic Church had significantly veered off the course of appropriate and Biblical Christianity.

The world, and the various denominations, still feels the effects of these early protests and divisions today.

King Henry is a good example of many of the others that are in the Top 10; not always the “holiest” per se, but a charismatic “difference-maker” in the history of the universal Church nonetheless.  We welcome your comments and thoughts on this selection.  Thank you.

-Ken L.

King James I- comes in at #12 on our list of influential Christians

Getting closer to the release of the “Top 10” most influential Christians, and with that we note here a man deemed by many to have shaped much of modern Christianity.

King James could translate chapters of the Bible from Latin to French, and then to English by the time he was 8 years old.  Later on he was able to put the resources of the crown behind the work of translating and in 1604 appointed the fifty-four men who commenced in earnest with the work in 1607 with six companies working on various parts of the translation.  In 1611 the translation was approved by all the companies, and the Authorized Version appointed by King James was to be read in all the churches of the nation.  The influence of King James on the Christian church is so important and still of great relevance today because of the version of the Bible which bears his name which celebrated its 400th birthday in 2011.  The King James Version continues to be one of the best selling and most loved English versions of the Bible of all time.

Next weekend we will discuss the man who just missed our Top 10, an enigmatic character for sure.

-Ken

Book Review from Pastor Fred DeRuvo, Th.D –

The following is a recent review of our book from Dr. Fred DeRuvo, who received an advanced copy.  DeRuvo has authored 17 books in the Christian genre, including titles like “Deceptive Orthodoxy” and “Interpreting the Bible Literally”.

The study of history seems to be waning.  In fact, there are many who seem to delight in redacting history because they don’t like the truth.

Church history is even that much more of a conundrum for people today.  This book- Top Ten Most Influential Christians- rolls back the curtain so that the average individual has one more opportunity to see for themselves the names of those who have changed the course of church history for better or for worse.

One of the points brought out is that “knowledge of Christian Theology is… in alarming decline”.  This sadly is very true.  If the average church-goer had even a rudimentary understanding of the basics within Christianity, including understanding church history, their knowledge and appreciation of God would likely be far greater.

It must have been a very difficult job to whittle all the names down to ten individuals, but this book manages it.  From Emperor Constantine to many others, the lives discussed in this book represent what the book calls true “watershed” events, moments, or scenarios.  We need to remember too, that the book points to those who are “self-professed Christians”, and the influence they also have had on society.

While the first ten chapter take the time highlight individuals, chapter eleven allows the reader to gain understanding in how these rankings were accomplished.

This book is certainly by no means the be-all, end-all of all books on church history- and it does not purport to be that.  What it DOES do is present information to the average layperson in which their appetite for more will come alive!

In the end, Top Ten Most Influential Christians, is a book that I am glad to have added to my library.  It is a worthwhile resource, and one that I will undoubtedly refer to often.

-Dr. Fred DeRuvo

Philip Melanchthon – #13 on our list of Influential Christians-

In the Protestant Reformation in Germany in the 1500s, Melanchthon played a key role; he was Martin Luther’s close friend, assistant, and successor.  Philip ranks #13 on our list of persons who most shaped today’s Church.

First published in 1521, his Loci Communes (“Commonplaces”) was the first systematic theology written by any Reformer.  He wrote some of the confessions of the Lutheran Church, including the Augsburg Confession.

A less controversial personality than Martin Luther, Melanchthon was willing to make some compromises with Roman Catholicism.  Especially, Melanchthon developed the idea of synergism – the teaching that man’s will works with God’s will to accomplish man’s salvation.  Both Martin Luther and John Calvin had strongly insisted that neither man’s will nor man’s activity play a role in accomplishing man’s salvation.

Feel free to openly comment on this selection, as we get closer to the official “Top 10”, and the book launch in early March.  Thank you, and God Bless,

Ken L.