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  • He directs the training of 1, athletes, operates three weight rooms and manages five off-site facilities throughout the country during summer assignments. The Parkersburg, W. The Kimsey Athletic Center houses coaches' offices, spacious locker rooms, equipment rooms, an athletic training area, meeting space and an athletic hall of fame area. But perhaps the crown jewel of the building is its 20,square-foot strength development center that is under Swanson's direction. After earning three varsity letters in football at Wake Forest, Swanson moved to the weight room as an undergraduate assistant strength coach.

    He was promoted to a full-time assistant in and stayed until , when he left for Army. From May to August , Swanson was the interim head strength and conditioning coach at his alma mater. Wake Forest had 18 All-Americans during his tenure, the men's basketball squad captured an Atlantic Coast Conference crown and the track team produced national champions in the shot put and discus.

    His main duty is overseeing the total strength and conditioning program for Army's 24 intercollegiate sports programs and directly oversees men's basketball and lacrosse. Paul Jackson is in his third season as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Mississippi, Jackson's hard work and leadership have helped the Ole Miss program improve each year. With players that are noticeably stronger, faster and better able to run Freeze's tempo offense, the Rebels have achieved back-to-back-to-back bowl appearances and wins in Jackson's first two years with the program.

    Jackson came to Oxford after spending at Southern Miss, where he oversaw the strength and conditioning for the entire USM athletics department with direct responsibility over the football program. His one season In Hattiesburg saw the football team soar to its best record in school history at , a Conference USA championship and a victory in the Hawaii Bowl. Com Bowl, while becoming the only team in NCAA history to go from double-digit losses one year to double-digit wins the next in to in From , Jackson served as an assistant strength coach at LSU, working directly with the Tigers football and volleyball teams.

    While working for the Tigers, Jackson worked under and was mentored by strength and conditioning legend Tommy Moffitt. During his college days at Montclair State N. He earned a B. After an early career in the U.

    Army, Skinner attended Georgia State University to earn an undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and was hired as the director of sports nutrition with the Georgia Tech Athletic Association. After 10 years supporting Georgia Tech student-athletes, he moved to a similar role at the University of Virginia.

    Combining his two careers, Skinner took an opportunity to work with the United States Naval Special Warfare Command in the support of special operators. Dan Trink is the director of training operations at Peak Performance in New York City, where he trains a full roster of clients and athletes. He also earned a level 3 certification from the Poliquin International Certification Program, an honor reserved for trainers who have coached athletes at the national championship level and have placed in the top 10 percent at their events.

    A member of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, Trink was among the first group to receive the Precision Nutrition Sports and Exercise Nutrition Certification and is a modulation practitioner for BioSignature, a nutrition and lifestyle approach that optimizes hormonal balance in clients and athletes. His name has appeared in the Huffington Post and other general media outlets. Trink also coaches for the Personal Trainer Development Center PTDC , an international organization whose mission is to improve the quality of the personal training industry.

    As a network expert, he provides approval and verification for articles submitted to the Greatist health and fitness website. Trink was responsible for the strength and conditioning program of middleweight boxer Matthew Macklin in preparation for his WBO title fight held in March at Madison Square Garden.

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    He has also worked with NBA All-Star Roy Hibbert and countless international-level jiu-jitsu practitioners and mixed martial arts fighters. A featured presenter on nutrition and strength training at the corporate and international levels, Trink has specialty certifications in TRX suspension training system, FMS functional movement screen , DVRT functional integrated movement, and Dynamax medicine ball training. He is a 3 time letter winner at the University of Arizona football , has squatted lbs in competition and has totaled lbs.

    He continues to write, train and work with a variety of athletes. Recommendations for getting your athletes locked in to the moment, and to establish a winning culture. Recommendations to coaches who recruit, on questions to ask during the recruitment process to identify your guys. Marshall will write articles, interact with fans via social media, and produce video content with his top performing NFL clients at Ignition.

    Coach Marshall came to Cincinnati after serving as a strength assistant for the University of Louisville. He assisted the football squad in achieving two conference titles and two Liberty Bowl victories. He also helped 15 athletes move from the college ranks to the NFL. Marshall continues to work as a consultant to some of the top NCAA athletic programs in the country. Bill Parisi is an internationally recognized fitness business expert and the founder and C.

    Bill competed at the U. Olympic Trials in the javelin throw. Throughout this time he traveled the world to gain more knowledge about the best strategies on sports performance training. Bill eventually moved back home and founded the Parisi Speed School in late At this time, Bill was a consultant to the NY Giants and was also commissioned by Nike to help develop the original high school football combines that were held across the nation. By , Bill's facility in Wyckoff became the highest grossing club per square foot in the country.

    This success, and excessive growth of his client base, allowed him to open his second club in Midland Park, NJ. This 17, square foot facility again dominated the marketplace and became nationally renowned in terms of sports performance training. This 32, square foot center has been home to over , athletes and hundreds of professionals in every major sport.

    This facility has become synonymous with world-class training, and Men's Health named it one of the Top 10 gyms in the country. In , Bill opened his fourth facility, a 29, square location in Morris County, NJ and then realized that in order to impact as many youth athletes as possible; it was time to launch the program nationally through a franchise format.

    In , the Parisi Speed School began franchising to existing health related businesses to expose as many athletes as possible in the U. Now in there are over 75 facilities in 27 states across the country, and the Parisi Mission continues to expand. According to Franchise Times , the Parisi Franchise was named one of the top growing franchises in the U. Today, Bill still presents to thousands of business owners, athletes and coaches per year.

    Bill is married and has two sons.

    He is a international speaker, author, and mental coach. He is published in the area of Sports Axiology and has used it with his athletes worldwide since December 3, Mathers received national recognition in his first season with USF. At CNOS Mathers was responsible for designing and implementing strength and conditioning programs for as many as 20 different high school and college strength and conditioning program while overseeing a staff of 12 coaches. Under his tutelage, Mathers assisted in helping several high school athletes in the Siouxland area receive Division I scholarships in multiple sports and also played a very active role in helping several teams win state and national recognition at both the high school and collegiate level.

    During this time, Mathers also provided athletic training coverage to several different schools dealing with all aspects of sports medicine care. He was a 3 year starter and team captain in football at BVU and also was a member of five school-record relay teams. Mathers now resides in Sioux Falls, SD. The role of the IRU is to accelerate the rehabilitation of injured Olympic athletes. He held this role through the cycle to the London Olympic Games.

    Joe DeFranco established his program and training gym designed only for athletes at a New Jersey location in Since then, his warehouse-type centers are training athletes have worked to improve athletic performance at the high school, college, and professional-levels. For more information and a free 30 Day of the Strength Planner email igct eliteform.

    Click here for more details. He also assisted with wrestling at Oklahoma State, Ohio, and Clemson before serving as head wrestling coach at UT-Chattanooga from where his teams won five Southern Conference championship titles. He was the strength coach for the women's US Rowing team that won four gold medals and one silver in the World Championships. Ethan was the first director of strength and conditioning at McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee from where he helped co-coach four state tournament and dual meet championship wrestling teams.

    He returned to Ohio in to become the first director of strength and conditioning at Ohio University working closely with the football program. He also designed and oversaw the construction of the Carin Center, Ohio's athletic strength and conditioning facility. Reeve and his wife of 23 years, Susan, have three children. Susan is an elementary school teacher teaching the second grade. Callie, 22, graduated from Appalachian State University in May with an accounting degree.

    She starts her Master's degree in accounting this fall of Erin, 20, is a freshman at UNC Charlotte. She has just completed an internship at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. October 29, Doscher has had numerous articles published during his career while he has also been selected to give presentations both nationally and internationally. Santana has been part of the strength and conditioning program for several Florida Atlantic University Sports teams over the last 10 years. He is regarded as one of the top coaches in the industry thanks to his innovative, scientifically based approach to sport-specific training.

    Under the tutelage of Jon Torine, one of the NFL's most recognized and successful strength and conditioning coaches, Bommarito completed an internship with the Indianapolis Colts in The next year he became director of the country's most successful NFL Combine preparation program at the world-renowned International Performance Institute in Bradenton, Florida. In four years the program produced 15 first-round draft picks, including Eli Manning, the number-one overall pick in the NFL Draft.

    Bommarito also directed the performance program for the Florida Collegiate International League, a highly successful wood-bat league that produced over 75 MLB draft picks during his tenure. He also serves as an adjunct professor for Florida Atlantic University's exercise science department, teaching classes in the masters-level program with an emphasis on strength and conditioning. Stuart Yule has been a strength and conditioning coach with elite athletes across a range of team and Olympic sports for 13 years. This is now his 6th season with the Warriors. During his time at the English Institute of sport he lead the Strength and conditioning programme for the British Judo team up to the Beijing Olympics.

    Coach Yule graduated in physiotherapy from which he worked for a short period in professional soccer. He is a retired Olympic weightlifter having won the Scottish weightlifting championships 9 times and represented Scotland at 2 commonwealth games. He now competes in u90kg and ukg strongman where over the last few years he has been Scotland u90kg and ukg strongest man and has competed internationally at the European and world strongest man u90kg. Brendan has worked with a variety of athletic populations from recreational athletes through to Olympians.

    Currently he is the head of Strength and Conditioning for Leeds Met Carnegie as well as the conditioner for the Asylum Vale Tudo MMA Fight-Team, and has numerous private clients including champion Mixed Martial Artists, pro cyclists and motor cycle riders, tennis athletes, strongmen and many other sportsmen and women. Previous to his current roles he has worked as a strength and conditioning coach for Huddersfield Giants Rugby League, the English Institute of Sport, Durham University, British Tennis the Lawn Tennis Association and has worked with many national governing bodies and sports teams as a coach, coach educator, and consultant.

    Academically he has a masters degree in strength and conditioning through the University of Bolton. He is a keen martial artist having trained in Thai Boxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Olympic Wrestling and many other forms of martial arts and is a qualified wrestling and boxing coach as well as a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Chip holds a BS in physical education from Liberty University.

    He did post-graduate work in speed and strength at the world-renowned Soviet Sports Institute in Moscow. He holds a masters of sports science certification from ISSA. He also spent three years as the speed coach with Phil Niekro's Silver Bullets. Chip was one of only three Master Trainers in the U. Chip has trained over NFL players currently on rosters, and has trained over players who have signed pro contracts. Chip does combine preparation for scores of players selected each year in the NFL Draft and has trained over 40 first round draft picks.

    Chip just finished a two year contract where he oversaw 14 Chinese Olympic Teams and most recently returned from Beijing where he trained 41 Olympic medalists including 21 Gold medalists from the summer Olympic games and 30 medalist including 20 Gold medalist from the London Olympics. Chip spent time in Liberia, Africa training their Olympic athletes and has been a consultant to other countries as well. Chip was the Director of Athletics at the prestigious Atlanta Athletic Club for 12 years, during which time the club was 4 times voted the number one athletic club in America by Newsweek Magazine.

    Chip is an accomplished author who has been published in numerous trade periodicals. He is a sought after speaker and a consultant to numerous sports teams.

    Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden because they wanted to become gods. O'Dell is the author of the book The Power Revolution, has been a conference speaker for the National Strength and Conditioning Association in the areas of plyometrics, speed development, sprinting technique, agility, strength development and Olympic weightlifting, is a frequent overseas speaker in the same areas, has also been featured in STACK Magazine for athletes and has been a speaker at the Frank Glazier Football Clinics. Alana Terry marked it as to-read Jul 12, It should be noted that, in the occult, the upward pointing triangle in the hexagram denotes fire, while the downward facing one denotes water. Loading Downloads. Following the ascent of Empress Irene to the 63 Ouspensky, Leonid. Conclusion The iconoclast controversy of the eighth century, CE, was the catalyst for the significant theological work of the Seventh Ecumenical Council at Nicaea of

    Chip has developed a national Sports Performance certification called the M. An accomplished athlete in his own right, Chip was a former collegiate two-sport athlete, playing football and baseball. He was a four time offensive MVP in football and, after 30 years, still holds numerous university rushing and scoring records. Shawn Myszka is the Pro Performance Director of Explosive Edge Athletics in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he is entrusted with the personal consulting of countless NFL players who seek him out to take their performance to the limits of their potential.

    Shawn is a former National-level competitive bodybuilder who has become a sought-after clinician and leader in the field of sport-specific power development, the transfer of training to sport performance, and developing mastery in the movement of athletes at all levels of qualification.

    At the beginning of , Shawn introduced a new brand into the industry, Movement Mastery www. He also runs a football-specific movement blog, Football Beyond the Stats www. September 10, Werner is proud of the fact that over twenty of his previous assistants have gone on to become Head strength coaches or top assistants at other institutions.

    He obtained his B. S and is a current member of the NSCA. Kevin Schultz enters his fourth season as the director of sports performance for the UW-La Crosse intercollegiate athletic department and as an assistant football coach in He joined Carnegie Mellon as the first full-time strength and conditioning coach. Schultz was in charge of all 17 varsity sports strength and conditioning sessions for the Tartans. Schultz received his bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science teaching with concentrations in strength and conditioning and coaching competitive athletics from UW-L in and his master's degree in exercise and sport science human performance with an emphasis in strength and conditioning also from UW-L in In the spring of , Schultz received a Post-Masters Certificate in Rehabilitation Sciences with an emphasis in corrective exercises from California University of Pennsylvania.

    The following year in , Schultz received a Associates Certificate from the Community College of Allegheny County in massage therapy. He was a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach at UW-L from and was a member of the strength and conditioning student staff in He is also certified as a personal trainer. Before that, he spent six months working in the Georgia Tech Strength and Conditioning department — primarily working with the football, softball, swimming and diving and cheerleading squads for the Yellow Jackets.

    He was responsible for the sport Warriors program, designing and implementing workout programs for all sports, implementing and analyzing results to test the effectiveness of the programs and creating a computer data base for workouts for student-athletes. Lokey was born in Shelbyville, Tenn. He played football for four years at LHS and two years at CMU before spending four years of honorable military service in the Marine Corps prior to completing his scholastic-athletic endeavors.

    A native of Huntingdon, Pa. Her freshman season at Maryland, she was a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference volleyball championship team. Hudy earned her bachelor of science degree in kinesiology at Maryland and her masters of art and sport biomechanics degree from Connecticut. Andrea Hudy joined the Kansas staff as the associate director of strength and conditioning in September Including the seven Jayhawks that have been drafted in the NBA, she has worked with 25 former student-athletes who went on to play in the NBA.

    Brian Thompson has been the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Springfield College since the summer of and a full time faculty member since He first started working in the field of strength and conditioning in and has trained athletes at the middle school, high school, collegiate, professional, and olympic levels. He currently supervises the strength and conditioning program design and implementation for 18 teams at Springfield College. His competitive sports background includes power lifting, wrestling, and college football. Mladen was involved in physical preparation of professional, amateur and recreational athletes of various ages in sports such as basketball, soccer, volleyball, martial arts and tennis, recently been employed by Hammarby IF, soccer club from Stockholm, Sweden.

    O'Dell is the author of the book The Power Revolution, has been a conference speaker for the National Strength and Conditioning Association in the areas of plyometrics, speed development, sprinting technique, agility, strength development and Olympic weightlifting, is a frequent overseas speaker in the same areas, has also been featured in STACK Magazine for athletes and has been a speaker at the Frank Glazier Football Clinics. Sorinex produces high quality, institutional grade exercise equipment for both professional and private facilities.

    Some of his many athletic accomplishments include:. June 25, Robb has been a professional coach since Enhancing performance for scholastic, collegiate and professional athletes as a practitioner in the public and private sectors of the fitness industry. Published in several journals and magazines over the years as well as a regular contributor to a variety of Internet sites, Robb is a much sought after source of practical, innovative information for fitness professionals.

    Robb has spoken in front of groups as diverse as honor students, salesmen, sport coaches, church groups, parents, service groups and the military. In addition to teaching the mechanics of performance improvement, injury prevention and corrective exercise, Robb is frequently asked to share his extensive knowledge on the topics of leadership, team building and goal attainment.

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    Simon oversaw all sports at Utah State while directly developing and executing the strength and conditioning programs for football and men's basketball. Prior to joining his time at Utah State, Simon worked with Andersen at Utah, where he held the position of associate director of strength and conditioning from Simon assisted with designing and implementing strength programs for the Utes' football and men's basketball teams while also developing and implementing a nutrition curriculum and assisting with workouts and rehabilitation for a number of sports.

    Prior to his time at Utah, Simon was the head strength and conditioning coach at Davidson College from , where he oversaw all strength training for 21 sports. But this seed, in its untrustworthiness and excessive haste, is in danger of being like the seeds which fell upon the rock, Luke and, because they had no depth of earth, Matthew sprang up at once, but could not bear even the first heat of the sun; or like the foundation laid upon the sand, which could not even make a slight resistance to the rain and the winds.

    Woe to you, O city, whose king is a child, Ecclesiastes says Solomon. Be not hasty of speech, Proverbs says Solomon again, asserting that hastiness of speech is less serious than heated action. And who, in spite of all this, demands haste rather than security and utility? Who can mould, as clay-figures are modelled in a single day, the defender of the truth, who is to take his stand with Angels, and give glory with Archangels, and cause the sacrifice to ascend to the altar on high, and share the priesthood of Christ, and renew the creature, and set forth the image, and create inhabitants for the world above, aye and, greatest of all, be God, and make others to be God?

    I know Whose ministers we are, and where we are placed, and whither we are guides. I know the height of God, and the weakness of man, and, on the contrary, his power. Heaven is high, and the earth deep; and who of those who have been cast down by sin shall ascend? Who that is as yet surrounded by the gloom here below, and by the grossness of the flesh can purely gaze with his whole mind upon that whole mind, and amid unstable and visible things hold intercourse with the stable and invisible?

    Who has measured the water with his hand, and the heaven with a span, and the whole earth in a measure? Who has weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance? Isaiah What is the place of his rest? Who is it, Who made all things by His Word, and formed man by His Wisdom, and gathered into one things scattered abroad, and mingled dust with spirit, and compounded an animal visible and invisible, temporal and immortal, earthly and heavenly, able to attain to God but not to comprehend Him, drawing near and yet afar off. I said, I will be wise, says Solomon, but she i.

    Wisdom was far from me beyond what is: Ecclesiastes and, Verily, he that increases knowledge increases sorrow. For the joy of what we have discovered is no greater than the pain of what escapes us; a pain, I imagine, like that felt by those who are dragged, while yet thirsty, from the water, or are unable to retain what they think they hold, or are suddenly left in the dark by a flash of lightning.

    This depressed and kept me humble, and persuaded me that it was better to hear the voice of praise than to be an expounder of truths beyond my power; the majesty, and the height, and the dignity, and the pure natures scarce able to contain the brightness of God, Whom the deep covers, Whose secret place is darkness, since He is the purest light, 1 Timothy which most men cannot approach unto; Who is in all this universe, and again is beyond the universe; Who is all goodness, Exodus and beyond all goodness; Who enlightens the mind, and escapes the quickness and height of the mind, ever retiring as much as He is apprehended, and by His flight and stealing away when grasped, withdrawing to the things above one who is enamoured of Him.

    Such and so great is the object of our longing zeal, and such a man should he be, who prepares and conducts souls to their espousals. For myself, I feared to be cast, bound hand and foot, Matthew from the bride-chamber, for not having on a wedding-garment, and for having rashly intruded among those who there sit at meat.

    And the words of God were made sweet as honeycombs to me, and I cried after knowledge and lifted up my voice for wisdom. Proverbs There was moreover the moderation of anger, the curbing of the tongue, the restraint of the eyes, the discipline of the belly, and the trampling under foot of the glory which clings to the earth.

    I speak foolishly, 2Corinthians but it shall be said, in these pursuits I was perhaps not inferior to many. One branch of philosophy is, however, too high for me, the commission to guide and govern souls— and before I have rightly learned to submit to a shepherd, or have had my soul duly cleansed, the charge of caring for a flock: especially in times like these, when a man, seeing everyone else rushing here and there in confusion, is content to flee from the melee and escape, in sheltered retirement, from the storm and gloom of the wicked one: when the members are at war with one another, and the slight remains of love, which once existed, have departed, and priest is a mere empty name, since, as it is said, contempt has been poured upon princes.

    Would that it were merely empty! All fear has been banished from souls, shamelessness has taken its place, and knowledge and the deep things of the Spirit 1Corinthians are at the disposal of anyone who will; and we all become pious by simply condemning the impiety of others; and we claim the services of ungodly judges, and fling that which is holy to the dogs, and cast pearls before swine, Matthew by publishing divine things in the hearing of profane souls, and, wretches that we are, carefully fulfil the prayers of our enemies, and are not ashamed to go a whoring with our own inventions.

    Moabites and Ammonites, who were not permitted even to enter the Church of the Lord, Deuteronomy frequent our most holy rites. We have opened to all not the gates of righteousness, but, doors of railing and partizan arrogance; and the first place among us is given, not to one who in the fear of God refrains from even an idle word, but to him who can revile his neighbour most fluently, whether explicitly, or by covert allusion; who rolls beneath his tongue mischief and iniquity, or to speak more accurately, the poison of asps.

    We observe each other's sins, not to bewail them, but to make them subjects of reproach, not to heal them, but to aggravate them, and excuse our own evil deeds by the wounds of our neighbours. Bad and good men are distinguished not according to personal character, but by their disagreement or friendship with ourselves.

    We praise one day what we revile the next, denunciation at the hands of others is a passport to our admiration; so magnanimous are we in our viciousness, that everything is frankly forgiven to impiety. Everything has reverted to the original state of things Genesis before the world, with its present fair order and form, came into being. The general confusion and irregularity cry for some organising hand and power.

    Or, if you will, it is like a battle at night by the faint light of the moon, when none can discern the faces of friends or foes; or like a sea fight on the surge, with the driving winds, and boiling foam, and dashing waves, and crashing vessels, with the thrusts of poles, the pipes of boatswains, the groans of the fallen, while we make our voices heard above the din, and not knowing what to do, and having, alas!

    Nor indeed is there any distinction between the state of the people and that of the priesthood: but it seems to me to be a simple fulfilment of the ancient curse, As with the people so with the priest. Nor again are the great and eminent men affected otherwise than the majority; nay, they are openly at war with the priests, and their piety is an aid to their powers of persuasion.

    And indeed, provided that it be on behalf of the faith, and of the highest and most important questions, let them be thus disposed, and I blame them not; nay, to say the truth, I go so far as to praise and congratulate them. Would that I were one of those who contend and incur hatred for the truth's sake: or rather, I can boast of being one of them.

    For better is a laudable war than a peace which severs a man from God: and therefore it is that the Spirit arms the gentle warrior, as one who is able to wage war in a good cause. Then everyone makes the faith his pretext, and this venerable name is dragged into their private quarrels. Consequently, as was probable, we are hated, even among the Gentiles, and, what is harder still, we cannot say that this is without just cause.

    Nay, even the best of our own people are scandalized, while this result is not surprising in the case of the multitude, who are ill-disposed to accept anything that is good. Sinners are planning upon our backs; and what we devise against each other, they turn against us all: and we have become a new spectacle, not to angels and men, 1Corinthians as says Paul, that bravest of athletes, in his contest with principalities and powers, Ephesians but to almost all wicked men, and at every time and place, in the public squares, at carousals, at festivities, and times of sorrow. Nay, we have already — I can scarcely speak of it without tears — been represented on the stage, amid the laughter of the most licentious, and the most popular of all dialogues and scenes is the caricature of a Christian.

    These are the results of our intestine warfare, and our extreme readiness to strive about goodness and gentleness, and our inexpedient excess of love for God. Yea, even now, when Christ is invoked, the devils tremble, James and not even by our ill-doing has the power of this Name been extinguished, while we are not ashamed to insult a cause and name so venerable; shouting it, and having it shouted in return, almost in public, and every day; for My Name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you. I have one remedy for them all, one road to victory; I will glory in Christ Philippians namely, death for Christ's sake.

    For my own warfare, however, I am at a loss what course to pursue, what alliance, what word of wisdom, what grace to devise, with what panoply to arm myself, against the wiles of the wicked one. What Joshua, as his successor, arrayed alongside the Captain of the Lord's hosts? Joshua What David, either by harping, or fighting with his sling, and girded by God with strength unto the battle, and with his fingers trained to war? What Samuel, praying 1 Samuel and sacrificing for the people, and anointing as king one who can gain the victory?

    What Jeremiah, by writing lamentations for Israel, is fitly to lament these things? Who will cry aloud, Spare Your People, O Lord, and give not Your heritage to reproach, that the nations should rule over them? For I own that I am too weak for this warfare, and therefore turned my back, hiding my face in the rout, and sat solitary, Lamentations because I was filled with bitterness and sought to be silent, understanding that it is an evil time, Micah that the beloved had kicked, Deuteronomy that we had become backsliding children, Jeremiah who are the luxuriant vine, Hosea the true vine, all fruitful, all beautiful, springing up splendidly with showers from on high.

    For the diadem of beauty, Isaiah the signet of glory, Ezekiel the crown of magnificence has been changed for me into shame; and if anyone, in face of these things, is daring and courageous, he has my blessing on his daring and courage. I have said nothing yet of the internal warfare within ourselves, and in our passions, in which we are engaged night and day against the body of our humiliation, Philippians either secretly or openly, and against the tide which tosses and whirls us hither and there, by the aid of our senses and other sources of the pleasures of this life; and against the miry clay Psalms and in which we have been fixed; and against the law of sin, Romans which wars against the law of the spirit, and strives to destroy the royal image in us, and all the divine emanation which has been bestowed upon us; so that it is difficult for anyone, either by a long course of philosophic training, and gradual separation of the noble and enlightened part of the soul from that which is debased and yoked with darkness, or by the mercy of God, or by both together, and by a constant practice of looking upward, to overcome the depressing power of matter.

    And before a man has, as far as possible, gained this superiority, and sufficiently purified his mind, and far surpassed his fellows in nearness to God, I do not think it safe for him to be entrusted with the rule over souls, or the office of mediator for such, I take it, a priest is between God and man. I hear from Moses himself, when God spoke to him, that, although many were bidden to come to the mount, one of whom was even Aaron, with his two sons who were priests, and seventy elders of the senate, the rest were ordered to worship afar off, and Moses alone to draw near, and the people were not to go up with him.

    Moreover, before this, when the law was first given, the trumpet-blasts, and lightnings, and thunders, and darkness, and the smoke of the whole mountain, and the terrible threats that if even a beast touched the mountain it should be stoned, Hebrews and other like alarms, kept back the rest of the people, for whom it was a great privilege, after careful purification, merely to hear the voice of God. But Moses actually went up and entered into the cloud, and was charged with the law, and received the tables, which belong, for the multitude, to the letter, but, for those who are above the multitude, to the spirit.

    I hear again that Nadab and Abihu, for having merely offered incense with strange fire, were with strange fire destroyed, Leviticus the instrument of their impiety being used for their punishment, and their destruction following at the very time and place of their sacrilege; and not even their father Aaron, who was next to Moses in the favor of God, could save them.

    I know also of Eli the priest, and a little later of Uzzah, the former made to pay the penalty for his sons' transgression, in daring to violate the sacrifices by an untimely exaction of the first fruits of the cauldrons, although he did not condone their impiety, but frequently rebuked them; the other, because he only touched the ark, which was being thrown off the cart by the ox, 2 Samuel and though he saved it, was himself destroyed, in God's jealousy for the reverence due to the ark.

    I know also that not even bodily blemishes in either priests Leviticus or victims passed without notice, but that it was required by the law that perfect sacrifices must be offered by perfect men — a symbol, I take it, of integrity of soul. It was not lawful for everyone to touch the priestly vesture, or any of the holy vessels; nor might the sacrifices themselves be consumed except by the proper persons, and at the proper time and place; nor might the anointing oil nor the compounded incense Exodus , 38 be imitated; nor might anyone enter the temple who was not in the most minute particular pure in both soul and body; so far was the Holy of holies removed from presumptuous access, that it might be entered by one man only once a year; so far were the veil, and the mercy-seat, and the ark, and the Cherubim, from the general gaze and touch.

    Who is the man, whose heart has never been made to burn, Luke as the Scriptures have been opened to him, with the pure words of God which have been tried in a furnace; who has not, by a triple inscription of them upon the breadth of his heart, attained the mind of Christ; 1Corinthians nor been admitted to the treasures which to most men remain hidden, secret, and dark, to gaze upon the riches therein?

    Isaiah and become able to enrich others, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. Who is the man who has never beheld, as our duty is to behold it, the fair beauty of the Lord, nor has visited His temple, or rather, become the temple of God, 2Corinthians and the habitation of Christ in the Spirit? Who is the man who has never, by experience and contemplation, traversed the entire series of the titles and powers of Christ, both those more lofty ones which originally were His, and those more lowly ones which He later assumed for our sake — viz. Who, in fine, is the man who, although he has never applied himself to, nor learned to speak, the hidden wisdom of God in a mystery, 1Corinthians although he is still a babe, still fed with milk, still of those who are not numbered in Israel, Numbers nor enrolled in the army of God, although he is not yet able to take up the Cross of Christ like a man, although he is possibly not yet one of the more honorable members, yet will joyfully and eagerly accept his appointment as head of the fullness of Christ?

    Ephesians No one, if he will listen to my judgment and accept my advice! This is of all things most to be feared, this is the extremest of dangers in the eyes of everyone who understands the magnitude of success, the utter ruin of failure. Let others sail for merchandise, I used to say, and cross the wide oceans, and constantly contend with winds and waves, to gain great wealth, if so it should chance, and run great risks in their eagerness for sailing and merchandise; but, for my part, I greatly prefer to stay ashore and plough a short but pleasant furrow, saluting at a respectful distance the sea and its gains, to live as best I can upon a poor and scanty store of barley-bread, and drag my life along in safety and calm, rather than expose myself to so long and great a risk for the sake of great gains.

    For one in high estate, if he fail to make further progress and to disseminate virtue still more widely, and contents himself with slight results, incurs punishment, as having spent a great light upon the illumination of a little house, or girt round the limbs of a boy the full armor of a man. For, as we have heard, it is not seemly for a man to build a tower, unless he has sufficient to finish it. Luke Such is the defense which I have been able to make, perhaps at immoderate length, for my flight.

    Such are the reasons which, to my pain and possibly to yours, carried me away from you, my friends and brothers; yet, as it seemed to me at the time, with irresistible force. My longing after you, and the sense of your longing for me, have, more than anything else, led to my return, for nothing inclines us so strongly to love as mutual affection.

    In the next place there was my care, my duty, the hoar hairs and weakness of my holy parents, who were more greatly distressed on my account than by their advanced age — of this Patriarch Abraham whose person is honored by me, and numbered among the angels, and of Sarah, who travailed in my spiritual birth by instructing me in the truth.

    Now, I had specially pledged myself to become the stay of their old age and the support of their weakness, a pledge which, to the best of my power, I have fulfilled, even at the expense of philosophy itself, the most precious of possessions and titles to me; or, to speak more truly, although I made it the first object of my philosophy to appear to be no philosopher, I could not bear that my labor in consequence of a single purpose should be wasted, nor yet that blessing should be lost, which one of the saints of old is said to have stolen from his father, whom he deceived by the food which he offered to him, and the hairy appearance he assumed, thus attaining a good object by disgraceful trickery.

    Genesis , sq These are the two causes of my submission and tractability. Nor is it, perchance, unreasonable that my arguments should yield and submit to them both, for there is a time to be conquered, as I also think there is for every purpose, Ecclesiastes and it is better to be honorably overcome than to win a dangerous and lawless victory. There is a third reason of the highest importance which I will further mention, and then dismiss the rest.

    I remembered the days of old, and, recurring to one of the ancient histories, drew counsel for myself therefrom as to my present conduct; for let us not suppose these events to have been recorded without a purpose, nor that they are a mere assemblage of words and deeds gathered together for the pastime of those who listen to them, as a kind of bait for the ears, for the sole purpose of giving pleasure.

    Let us leave such jesting to the legends and the Greeks, who think but little of the truth, and enchant ear and mind by the charm of their fictions and the daintiness of their style. We however, who extend the accuracy of the Spirit to the merest stroke and tittle, Matthew will never admit the impious assertion that even the smallest matters were dealt with haphazard by those who have recorded them, and have thus been borne in mind down to the present day: on the contrary, their purpose has been to supply memorials and instructions for our consideration under similar circumstances, should such befall us, and that the examples of the past might serve as rules and models, for our warning and imitation.

    What then is the story, and wherein lies its application? For, perhaps, it would not be amiss to relate it, for the general security. Jonah also was fleeing from the face of God, Jonah or rather, thought that he was fleeing: but he was overtaken by the sea, and the storm, and the lot, and the whale's belly, and the three days' entombment, the type of a greater mystery. He fled from having to announce the dread and awful message to the Ninevites, and from being subsequently, if the city was saved by repentance, convicted of falsehood: not that he was displeased at the salvation of the wicked, but he was ashamed of being made an instrument of falsehood, and exceedingly zealous for the credit of prophecy, which was in danger of being destroyed in his person, since most men are unable to penetrate the depth of the Divine dispensation in such cases.

    But, as I have learned from a man skilled in these subjects, and able to grasp the depth of the prophet, by means of a reasonable explanation of what seems unreasonable in the history, it was not this which caused Jonah to flee, and carried him to Joppa and again from Joppa to Tarshish, when he entrusted his stolen self to the sea: Jonah for it was not likely that such a prophet should be ignorant of the design of God, viz.

    Besides, to imagine that Jonah hoped to hide himself at sea, and escape by his flight the great eye of God, is surely utterly absurd and stupid, and unworthy of credit, not only in the case of a prophet, but even in the case of any sensible man, who has only a slight perception of God, Whose power is over all.

    On the contrary, as my instructor said, and as I am myself convinced, Jonah knew better than any one the purpose of his message to the Ninevites, and that, in planning his flight, although he changed his place, he did not escape from God. Nor is this possible for any one else, either by concealing himself in the bosom of the earth, or in the depths of the sea, or by soaring on wings, if there be any means of doing so, and rising into the air, or by abiding in the lowest depths of hell, or by enveloping himself in a thick cloud, or by any other of the many devices for ensuring escape.

    For God alone of all things cannot be escaped from or contended with; if He wills to seize and bring them under His hand, He outstrips the swift, He outwits the wise, He overthrows the strong, He abases the lofty, He subdues rashness, He represses power. Jonah then was not ignorant of the mighty hand of God, with which he threatened other men, nor did he imagine that he could utterly escape the Divine power; this we are not to believe: but when he saw the falling away of Israel, and perceived the passing over of the grace of prophecy to the Gentiles— this was the cause of his retirement from preaching and of his delay in fulfilling the command; accordingly he left the watchtower of joy, for this is the meaning of Joppa in Hebrew, I mean his former dignity and reputation, and flung himself into the deep of sorrow: and hence he is tempest-tossed, and falls asleep, and is wrecked, and aroused from sleep, and taken by lot, and confesses his flight, and is cast into sea, and swallowed, but not destroyed, by the whale; but there he calls upon God, and, marvellous as it is, on the third day he, like Christ, is delivered: but my treatment of this topic must stand over, and shall shortly, if God permit, be more deliberately worked out.

    Now however, to return to my original point, the thought and question occurred to me, that although he might possibly meet with some indulgence, if reluctant to prophesy, for the cause which I mentioned — yet, in my own case, what could be said, what defense could be made, if I longer remained restive, and rejected the yoke of ministry, which, though I know not whether to call it light or heavy, had at any rate been laid upon me.

    Now terrible are the threatenings against disobedience, and terrible are the penalties which ensue upon it; as indeed are those on the other side, if, instead of being reluctant, and shrinking back, and concealing ourselves as Saul did among his father's stuff 1 Samuel — although called to rule but for a short time — if, I say, we come forward readily, as though to a slight and most easy task, whereas it is not safe even to resign it, nor to amend by second thoughts our first.

    On this account I had much toilsome consideration to discover my duty, being set in the midst between two fears, of which the one held me back, the other urged me on. For a long while I was at a loss between them, and after wavering from side to side, and, like a current driven by inconstant winds, inclining first in this direction, then in that, I at last yielded to the stronger, and the fear of disobedience overcame me, and has carried me off. Pray, mark how accurately and justly I hold the balance between the fears, neither desiring an office not given to me, nor rejecting it when given.

    The one course marks the rash, the other the disobedient, both the undisciplined. My position lies between those who are too bold, or too timid; more timid than those who rush at every position, more bold than those who avoid them all. This is my judgment on the matter. Moreover, to distinguish still more clearly between them, we have, against the fear of office, a possible help in the law of obedience, inasmuch as God in His goodness rewards our faith, and makes a perfect ruler of the man who has confidence in Him, and places all his hopes in Him; but against the danger of disobedience I know of nothing which can help us, and of no ground to encourage our confidence.

    For it is to be feared that we shall have to hear these words concerning those who have been entrusted to us: I will require their souls at your hands; Ezekiel and, Because you have rejected me, and not been leaders and rulers of my people, I also will reject you, that I should not be king over you; and, As you refused to hearken to My voice, and turned a stubborn back, and were disobedient, so shall it be when you call upon Me, and I will not regard nor give ear to your prayer.

    God forbid that these words should come to us from the just Judge, for when we sing of His mercy we must also by all means sing of His judgment. I resort once again to history, and on considering the men of best repute in ancient days, who were ever preferred by grace to the office of ruler or prophet, I discover that some readily complied with the call, others deprecated the gift, and that neither those who drew back were blamed for timidity, nor those who came forward for eagerness.

    The former stood in awe of the greatness of the ministry, the latter trustfully obeyed Him Who called them. Aaron was eager, but Moses resisted, Isaiah readily submitted, but Jeremiah was afraid of his youth, Isaiah and did not venture to prophesy until he had received from God a promise and power beyond his years. Jeremiah By these arguments I charmed myself, and by degrees my soul relaxed and became ductile, like iron, and time came to the aid of my arguments, and the testimonies of God, to which I had entrusted my whole life, were my counsellors. Therefore I was not rebellious, neither turned away back, Isaiah says my Lord, when, instead of being called to rule, He was led, as a sheep to the slaughter; but I fell down and humbled myself under the mighty hand of God, 1 Peter and asked pardon for my former idleness and disobedience, if this is at all laid to my charge.

    I held my peace, Isaiah but I will not hold my peace for ever: I withdrew for a little while, till I had considered myself and consoled my grief: but now I am commissioned to exalt Him in the congregation of the people, and praise Him in the seat of the elders. If my former conduct deserved blame, my present action merits pardon. What further need is there of words. Here am I, my pastors and fellow-pastors, here am I, you holy flock, worthy of Christ, the Chief Shepherd, 1 Peter here am I, my father, utterly vanquished, and your subject according to the laws of Christ rather than according to those of the land: here is my obedience, reward it with your blessing.

    Lead me with your prayers, guide me with your words, establish me with your spirit. Hebrews How slow you are, my friends and brethren, to come to listen to my words, though you were so swift in tyrannizing over me, and tearing me from my Citadel Solitude, which I had embraced in preference to everything else, and as coadjutress and mother of the divine ascent, and as deifying man, I had especially admired, and had set before me as the guide of my whole life.

    How is it that, now you have got it, you thus despise what you so greatly desired to obtain, and seem to be better able to desire the absent than to enjoy the present; as though you preferred to possess my teaching rather than to profit by it? So easily is anything despised which is easily conquered, and the proud receives attention, while he who is humble before God is slighted. What will you? Shall I be judged by you, or shall I be your judge?

    Shall I pass a verdict, or receive one, for I hope to be acquitted if I be judged, and if I give sentence, to give it against you justly? The charge against you is that you do not answer my love with equal measure, nor do you repay my obedience with honour, nor do you pledge the future to me by your present alacrity — though even if you had, I could hardly have believed it.

    But each of you has something which he prefers to both the old and the new Pastor, neither reverencing the grey hairs of the one, nor calling out the youthful spirit of the other. There is a Banquet in the Gospels, Luke and a hospitable Host and friends; and the Banquet is most pleasant, for it is the marriage of His Son.

    He calls them, but they come not: He is angry, and — I pass over the interval for fear of bad omen — but, to speak gently, He fills the Banquet with others. God forbid that this should be your case; but yet you have treated me how shall I put it gently? Matthew On this account I was filled with despondency and perplexity — for I will not keep silence about what I have suffered — and I was very near withholding the discourse which I was minded to bestow as a Marriage-gift, the most beautiful and precious of all I had; and I very nearly let it loose upon you, whom, now that the violence had once been done to me, I greatly longed for: for I thought I could get from this a splendid theme, and because my love sharpened my tongue — love which is very hot and ready for accusation when it is stirred to jealousy by grief which it conceives from some unexpected neglect.

    If any of you has been pierced with love's sting, and has felt himself neglected, he knows the feeling, and will pardon one who so suffers, because he himself has been near the same frenzy. But it is not permitted to me at the present time to say to you anything upbraiding; and God forbid I ever should. And even now perhaps I have reproached you more than in due measure, the Sacred Flock, the praise-worthy nurselings of Christ, the Divine inheritance; by which, O God, You are rich, even were Thou poor in all other respects.

    To You, I think, are fitting those words, The lot is fallen unto You in a fair ground: yea You have the goodliest heritage. Nor will I allow that the most populous cities or the broadest flocks have any advantage over us, the little ones of the smallest of all the tribes of Israel, of the least of the thousands of Judah, 1 Samuel of the little Bethlehem among cities, Micah where Christ was born and is from the beginning well-known and worshipped; among those whom the Father is exalted, and the Son is held to be equal to Him, and the Holy Ghost is glorified with Them: we who are of one soul, who mind the same thing, who in nothing injure the Trinity, neither by preferring One Person above another, nor by cutting off any: as those bad umpires and measurers of the Godhead do, who by magnifying One Person more than is fit, diminish and insult the whole.

    But do ye also, if you bear me any good will — ye who are my husbandry, my vineyard, my own bowels, or rather His Who is our common Father, for in Christ he has begotten you through the Gospels — show to us also some respect. It is only fair, since we have honoured you above all else: you are my witnesses, ye, and they who have placed in our hands this — shall I say Authority , or Service? And if to him that loves most is due, how shall I measure the love, for which I have made you my debtors by my own love? Rather, show respect for yourselves, and the Image committed to your care, Genesis and Him Who committed it, and the Sufferings of Christ, and your hopes therefrom, holding fast the faith which you have received, and in which you were brought up, by which also you are being saved, and trust to save others for not many, be well assured, can boast of what you can , and reckoning piety to consist, not in often speaking about God, but in silence for the most part, for the tongue is a dangerous thing to men, if it be not governed by reason.

    Believe that listening is always less dangerous than talking, just as learning about God is more pleasant than teaching. Leave the more accurate search into these questions to those who are the Stewards of the Word; and for yourselves, worship a little in words, but more by your actions, and rather by keeping the Law than by admiring the Lawgiver; show your love for Him by fleeing from wickedness, pursuing after virtue, living in the Spirit, walking in the Spirit, drawing your knowledge from Him, building upon the foundation of the faith, not wood or hay or stubble, 1Corinthians weak materials and easily spent when the fire shall try our works or destroy them; but gold, silver, precious stones, which remain and stand.

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