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Category: Classically Christian
Chrysostom on the Laying on of the Apostles’ Hands

Chrysostom on the Laying on of the Apostles’ Hands

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I believe that each Christian receives the Holy Spirit upon their baptism into Christ as per Acts 2:38–39. We are those mentioned in verse thirty-nine who were afar off whom God ...

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What We Ought to Know About Social Drinking in Antiquity

What We Ought to Know About Social Drinking in Antiquity

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Jesus’ miracle of turning water into wine (John 2:1–10) is often cited for moderate drinking of intoxicating substances (cf. Matthew 11:18–19). However, when we survey the ...

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An Antiquated Interpretation of Galatians 3:28

An Antiquated Interpretation of Galatians 3:28

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I wish to begin here with a disclaimer before making the comments that follow: those who might employ Galatians 3:28 to advocate gender justice, I’ve found, are serious students ...

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Ancient Theologians on 1 Corinthians and the Silencing of Women

Ancient Theologians on 1 Corinthians and the Silencing of Women

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A hot topic among many in our day has to do with a woman’s role in the life of a church. Some are pro-women preachers and the like, some are totally against it, and I’m sure there ...

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To Speak or Remain Silent?

To Speak or Remain Silent?

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Earlier this week I waded into the political realm with a post on Facebook that I intended to be historical more so than political. I noted that the previous five presidents had ...

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C. S. Lewis on Church Doctrine and Governmental Legislating

C. S. Lewis on Church Doctrine and Governmental Legislating

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A lot of discussion fills the airways of radio and the newsfeeds of most of our social media outlets regarding the banning of refugees from the United States, as well as the ...

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John Chrysostom on Ministry

John Chrysostom on Ministry

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John Chrysostom (AD 349–407) was Archbishop of Constantinople and lived during an interesting time in church history. His name “Chrysostom” means “golden-mouthed” given the ...

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The Beauty of Ritual

The Beauty of Ritual

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In every civilization at every period of history people have devoted time and energy to sacred things. The sacred, like the beautiful, includes every category of object. There ...

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Reflecting on a Decade in Ministry

Reflecting on a Decade in Ministry

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At the close of 2016, I completed a decade in ministry. Some of that decade was bi-vocational while I held a full-time job in the private sector in addition to ministering. I had ...

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The Variety of Dates Proposed for Christ’s Birth in the Early Church

The Variety of Dates Proposed for Christ’s Birth in the Early Church

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While no date is specified for Christ’s birth in the New Testament, the early church attempted to settle the matter throughout its history. Perhaps the earliest suggested date ...

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Gregory of Nazianzus on Celebrating the Birthday of Christ

Gregory of Nazianzus on Celebrating the Birthday of Christ

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I have previously written other articles about Christmas that you may want to read. They are, “Three Myths People Believe about Christmas,” “The History of Christmas,” “Early ...

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The Battle of the Bibles

The Battle of the Bibles

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Jerome was born in AD 347 and made enormous contributions to Western Christianity (Catholicism/Protestantism) through his scholarship. While a teenager, he studied under one of ...

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