Friday, April 20, 2007


It is Friday. I had a spare hour. I did some searching on Wikipedia. Here is a sample of what I found what I found:

Frederick Chopin’s first composition was performed publicly when he was 7.
Mozart wrote his first symphony when he was 8.
Albert Einstein was reading Kant's Critique of Pure Reason and Euclid's Elements at age 10.
Andrew Gray was an accomplished puritan preacher at the age of 20 (he died at 22).
William Wilberforce became a Member of Parliament at age 21.
Jeffrey Marx won a Pulitzer Prize at age 23.
Stephen Crane wrote The Red Badge of Courage when he was 24.
George Whitefield was preaching open-air revivals in Georgia at 24.
Charles Lindbergh was Time Magazine’s man of the year at age 25.
William Lawrence Bragg won a Nobel Prize in physics when he was 25.
John Calvin wrote the first edition of the Institutes when he was 26.
At age 27, David Brainerd baptized his first Native American convert, Tashawaylennahan.
William Carey (who read Edwards’ bio of Brainerd) preached the “Deathless Sermon” at age 31.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote The Cost of Discipleship at age 31.
Alexander “The Great” conquered the known world before he died at 32.
Rigoberta Menchú Tum was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize at age 33.
William Tyndale did most of his work in his thirties.

I am almost 31. Lets get to work.

(Some of the facts came to mind as I was reading other entries. Not all are on Wikipedia. For example, the one on Calvin came from my reading in B.B. Warfield's Calvin and Calvinism today).

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