Category: Classically Christian
Racism on the Eve of the Gospel

Racism on the Eve of the Gospel

We’ve all likely seen or heard what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia: white supremacists protest across from counter-protestors. A white supremacist plows into a crowd of the ...

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Guilt By Association

Guilt By Association

In the 1840’s, Barton Stone wrote, “Brother Campbell has to suffer on my account what I have had to long suffer for him. He is malevolently assailed for holding me in fellowship … ...

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Institutional Affiliation

Institutional Affiliation

In Norse mythology, a Valkyrie was one of the hosts of feminine figures who chose those who would either live or die in battle. For those who died, they would bring their chosen ...

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Before Citing Original Languages in Preaching

Before Citing Original Languages in Preaching

I confess myself not the philologist I’d wish to be when handling texts in classical languages. Though, due to the resources I have amassed in my personal library, I feel ...

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Reconstructing Primitive Christianity

Reconstructing Primitive Christianity

For some time now I have felt that Christ’s church has appeared to be more at odds with herself than I can recall. One reason may be because of my astuteness to many voices ...

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When Following Christ Came At a Price

When Following Christ Came At a Price

As part and parcel of following Jesus and conforming to the Way that was early Christianity, the holy and peculiar living of believers cost them. Jesus had urged that those who ...

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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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