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John Witherspoon: Christ is my only King

John Witherspoon was born in Gifford, Scotland on February 15, 1723 to the Reverend James Alexander Witherspoon and Miss Anne Walker.  As John grew into a young man, he followed in his father’s footsteps attending the University of Edinburgh where he earned a Master of Arts degree and studied to master the field of divinity.
While Witherspoon wasn’t away at school he wrote three prominent works on theology entitled the “Ecclesiastical Characteristics” and also practiced as an evangelical minister for the Church of Scotland.This is also where he married the love …

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Sir Francis Bacon: Seeking To Experience

Sir Francis Bacon was the Father of Empiricism. Credited for introducing the foundations of the scientific method that is used today, he was a brilliant scientist and philosopher, as well as a politician. Experiments and inductive reasoning became the emphasis of science after Bacon’s theoretical groundwork.

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Josiah Wedgwood: The Potter and the Clay

Josiah Wedgwood was a potter by profession. His beautiful art has made him one of the most famous potters, and the name Wedgwood is still well-recognized in pottery today. The Slave Medallion, created by Wedgwood, was one of the most popular images in art during Wedgwood’s time. It made the public more aware of abolition and increased Josiah Wedgwood’s fame as a potter.
Yet the Bible calls him clay. Wedgwood formed pottery with the work of his hands. But it was the Lord who molded Wedgwood into the person he was. …

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James Clerk Maxwell: Seeing the Light

James Clerk Maxwell was a physicist and mathematician by profession. Before his discovery, electricity, light, and magnetism were considered to be completely separate experiences. By uncovering that they all were manifestations of the electromagnetic field, his electromagnetic theory was a huge breakthrough in science.
Maxwell was gifted with a brilliant mind, and he used this gift to make contributions that go beyond the benefit of this world alone. He made scientific advancements that set the stage for radios followed by television. But all of his work was rooted in serving the …

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Fyodor Dostoyevsky: The Psychology of Trials

The brilliant mind of Fyodor Dostoyevsky wove philosophy and psychology into his most significant writings. The Brothers Karamazov and Crime and Punishment are Dostoyevsky’s two most prominent novels, and he is also the writer of noteworthy works like The Idiot, The Possessed, Poor Folk, The House of the Dead, and Notes from Underground. In these great works of literature, Dostoevsky explored deep questions using intellectual reasoning in unique and profound ways, with insight that he gained through life experiences.
Dostoyevsky experienced a variety of very trying times in his days on …

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George Frideric Handel: A Song of Hallelujah

The Hallelujah Chorus, within the oratorio called Messiah, is an easily recognizable piece of music and is often played throughout the Christmas season. Its creator was George Frideric Handel, a famous classical music composer and recognized as one of the most famous of the Baroque period in the 1700’s, whose other popular works include Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks.
Throughout his life, George Frideric Handel had an evident passion and interest for all things musical. His earthly father called him to the study of law, but his heavenly …

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Henry John Heinz: Purity in Food and Faith

The famous ketchup bottles with the number “57” also bear the name “Heinz.” The brand name is short for H.J. Heinz Company, founded by the man of the same name: Henry John Heinz. He was an exceptional businessman, who took it upon himself to offer consumers pure and organic foods, products that gained international recognition. Heinz built a company that would rise and last beyond a century.
Henry John Heinz was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 11, 1844. Even as a young boy, he would help his mother in the …

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Abraham Lincoln: President of “This Nation, Under God”

“I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me, seemed insufficient for that day.” These are not words coming from some helpless beggar or an uneducated man with no one to counsel him. These are the words of the sixteenth President of the United States of America. Abraham Lincoln is considered by some to be the greatest President of the greatest nation in the world, yet he reveals that all his security, intelligence, and strength rest on his Almighty God.