Category: Classically Christian
Cherry-Picking Bible Verses

Cherry-Picking Bible Verses

The worse thing we can do is think that the Bible addresses every single scenario imaginable. That the Word has an answer for every conceivable question we may have. When we hold ...

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Are Inferences “Necessary”?

Are Inferences “Necessary”?

Here of late, I’ve been giving much thought to how inferences are used in our fellowship. They are, after all, one of our interpretive methods, and some do a fine job with them ...

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Why Mary Is Still Called “Virgin”

Why Mary Is Still Called “Virgin”

I had mentioned two posts ago a writing called Protoevangelium of James which was written in the mid-second century. This is the oldest apocryphal infancy gospel in Christian ...

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Praying to Mary and the Saints

Praying to Mary and the Saints

All I can pass on to you is what I’ve been told, and I’d much rather share what I’ve been told by one who practices such rather than a book written by someone who doesn’t practice ...

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On the Veneration of the Blessed Mary

On the Veneration of the Blessed Mary

Before you dismiss me because I call Mary “blessed,” let me point out that I am calling her what Scripture has. Gabriel and Elizabeth both recognized that Mary was “blessed among ...

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Basil’s Response to a Natural Disaster

Basil’s Response to a Natural Disaster

Christianity began caring for the sick and indigent in ways that those people had not received care before at the behest of Basil of Caesarea. Basil was born into a Christian ...

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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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