Category: Classically Christian
On the Emotional Rigor of Ministry

On the Emotional Rigor of Ministry

Last week I was asked a question by one of my sisters, “Do you like your job?” I answered honestly, “Yes and no.” I like being a minister because I get to serve Christ with all of ...

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The Early Church and Easter (Pasch)

The Early Church and Easter (Pasch)

Passover was the Israelite holiday on which Christ was tried and crucified. It was at the Passover meal, often referred to as Christ’s Last Supper, that Jesus gave new meaning to ...

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Insights Within Early Christian Literature

Insights Within Early Christian Literature

What follows here is an address I gave at an annual preacher’s workshop at Heath Church of Christ on Monday, 3/19/18. My interest in early Christian literature began by ...

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The Snobbery of Simplicity

The Snobbery of Simplicity

Every so often some congregation’s marquee, preacher, or Christian will declare, “The more educated a person is, the farther away from God they go,” or something similar. It is ...

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Archaeologists Discover Isaiah’s Seal

Archaeologists Discover Isaiah’s Seal

One of the more interesting fields of interest I have is in biblical archaeology. In a time in which skeptics abound, and critics denounce the reliability of the Bible, ...

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How Christian Miracles Contributed to Conversions in the First Century

How Christian Miracles Contributed to Conversions in the First Century

Larry Hurtado published his book Destroyer of the Gods: Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2016) wherein he examined reasons why ...

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I Was In Prison and You Came To Me

I Was In Prison and You Came To Me

In early and post-Nicene Christian theology, hospitality was one of the most important graces a Christian could demonstrate to another person. This expression of love, care, and ...

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Lord, If You Had Been Here …

Lord, If You Had Been Here …

Tuesday morning, January 23, I was sitting in my chair, finishing a cup of coffee. My cell phone dinged that notification that I had a text message. One of my elders texted all ...

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On Beauty, Art, and Pornography

On Beauty, Art, and Pornography

I’ve learned of disagreement between some who feel that any image depicting nudity is pornography and, hence, should not be permitted in a Christian academy while others don’t ...

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On Some Preachers’ Love of N. T. Wright

On Some Preachers’ Love of N. T. Wright

Many preachers in churches of Christ readily employ the works of N. T. Wright in their writing and preaching, which ultimately tells just how influential his works have become in ...

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My Top 5 Reads of 2017

My Top 5 Reads of 2017

Let me thank all who have continued to read my blog here on Start2Finish, as well as those who’ve only discovered and found it beneficial. This article will be my final post of ...

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A Forthcoming Collaboration in 2018

A Forthcoming Collaboration in 2018

I was invited by Benjamin Williams to contribute an essay to a book that’s due to be published in 2018. The premise of the work is to encourage preachers and academics who are ...

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