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“The Life and Diary of David Brainerd” by Jonathan Edwards

I’ve been reading The Life and Diary of David Brainerd by Jonathan Edwards for the last few months.  I’ve got a bit to go yet, but I can already say this is definitely a book you’ll want to pick up.  It has stirred my heart towards prayer and preaching the truth of Jesus like nothing else (except for maybe the Bible which kinda makes sense).  Reading the testimony of this man who strove so diligently to see a lost people saved has filled me with a greater determination to speak the truth boldly and to expect transformation in people’s lives, even if they don’t respond well (or at all) at first.  As the word of God is preached, surely men and women of all types will find hope, peace, and restoration.

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Five men who shaped Orthodox spirituality

In getting ready for moving to Romania, I’ve been making lots of preparations. I’ve been sorting through all my possessions, packing what I’ll take with me (into one large suitcase and a carry-on), selling other things on eBay and Craigslist, getting other stuff ready for storage, and organizing the rest for a massive rummage sale in May.  I’ve been visiting area churches to spread the news and raise support.  I’ve been attempting to learn Romanian, with Pimsleur mp3s, the Complete Romanian text book, and Byki.  I’ve been learning a ton about the history and culture of Romania.  And I’ve been studying up on what Eastern Orthodoxy teaches.

Here are five men from Christian history who continue to define Orthodox spirituality and whom I hope to learn some more about in the coming months.  (Note:  I owe much to Christian History Issue 54 for this list.)

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