Category: Classically Christian
The Uniqueness of Living a Christian Life in the First Century

The Uniqueness of Living a Christian Life in the First Century

Becoming a Christian in the first century entailed becoming someone wholly different from the fray. Several of Paul’s epistles point this out to new Christians who, after having ...

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The Uniqueness of Early Christian Baptism

The Uniqueness of Early Christian Baptism

What many Christians are unaware of is the fact that baptism, or a variation thereof, was a practice of most religions in antiquity. When in Hebrews 6:2 the author mentioned ...

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The Uniqueness of the Gospel in the First Century

The Uniqueness of the Gospel in the First Century

It may seem rather strange that eternal life would be a unique feature of Christianity, but that’s exactly what it was. The uncertainty and futility of life often left people with ...

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The Uniqueness of Jesus Among the Gods

The Uniqueness of Jesus Among the Gods

The ancient world did not suffer from a lack of gods. All peoples around the ancient world had their national gods and even their local patron gods. For example, Athena was the ...

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First Century Hermeneutics

First Century Hermeneutics

       For those unaware, that large word “hermeneutics” can be defined as the science and study of interpreting the Bible. We in churches of Christ have typically interpreted the ...

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On the Rise of Demons (Part 2)

On the Rise of Demons (Part 2)

           When we survey literature from around the time of the first century into which Christianity was born, both immediately before and after, we see a continuity of belief ...

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On the Rise of Demons (Part 1)

On the Rise of Demons (Part 1)

The other angels who joined Satan in rebellion were, just as he was, expelled from heaven. What these angels did next in their outcast status changed the course of events that ...

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The Source of Satan’s Pride

The Source of Satan’s Pride

The earliest source with a clue to Satan’s fall is not so much Isaiah or Ezekiel. What I’ve presented above are interpretations of those two passages that only go back as early as ...

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The Early Church and Satan in Scripture

The Early Church and Satan in Scripture

Several theories exist to detail the origin and fall of Satan (1). The one chosen here is that which I take to best agree with the testimony of the early church since Scripture ...

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Cooperation of Church Leaders

Cooperation of Church Leaders

When we think of leaders in churches of Christ, we think immediately of the elders. Preachers can hold a great amount of sway, but without authority. Furthermore, preachers are ...

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Congregational Selection of Elders & Deacons

Congregational Selection of Elders & Deacons

This last Sunday the announcement was made that we as a congregation would begin the process of adding to our college of elders. Because of such, I preached a sermon from 1 ...

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The Character of a Bishop

The Character of a Bishop

In 1 Timothy 3:2–7, the author gives a list of qualities for one desiring the work of a bishop ought to demonstrate. I avoid calling them “qualifications” only because I think God ...

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