I just picked up David McCullough’s Pulitzer Prize winning-biography of John Adams, our 2nd president and one of the key leaders in birth of the United States of America. As we prepare to celebrate our nation’s founding, even in the middle of chaos, confusion, and heart-ache, it’s helpful to learn about what inspired leaders likeContinue reading “Leadership & Hope for the Future”
In chaotic times, we search for direction. What do you do in the middle of a pandemic? Riots? Racial strife and wars? A collapsing economy? Christians have been through all of this before. This is one of the main reasons we should study history. We realize that, though our times are full of trials andContinue reading “Why Study the Medieval Period?”
The prevalence of the modern hospital is rooted in religion. More specifically, hospitals as we know them were an outgrowth of the early Christian movement.
“There is one aspect of modern science and machinery that nobody has noticed. It is quite new, and it is enormously important. It is this; that the very fact of using new methods makes it easier to fall back on old morals, especially if they are very immoral morals.” These prescient words came from theContinue reading “Chesterton on Modern Science & Morality”
Martin Luther did not mean to start the Reformation. In 1517, Luther, a teacher of theology in Germany, posted some items for an academic discussion on the church door in Wittenberg (really a community bulletin board back then). At this point in his career, he had no intention to break away from the Roman CatholicContinue reading “Training the Next Generation of Reformers”
The Bible’s teaching on slavery is controversial, to say the least. This post will not attempt to untangle the knots and will only focus on one verse in the New Testament. Ephesians 6:9 is a good example of how understanding Biblical (Koine) Greek helps us understand the truly radical message of the Bible. Dr. FrederickContinue reading “Paul’s Revolutionary Command to Slave-Holders”
Although certain similarities did exist between the “mystery religions” and early Christianity, the differences are stark. Not only that–the differences highlight features of Christianity that ultimately made it a more compelling movement in the first century A.D.
The Myth of the Pagan Origins of Easter (Jesus of Nazareth’s Resurrection) You may not get any chocolate bunnies this Easter, but you’re bound to stumble across an article or meme suggesting that the story of Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead is just a reincarnation of some pagan myth. Whether it’s Ishtar, Osiris, orContinue reading “Pagan Influence on Easter?”