Category Archive: Church History

Jun 16

How to forge a document and prove that Jesus was married

This article is the account of a forgery and how it got big headlines. However, when the headlines settled, a slow, thoughtful investigation revealed what was behind the supposed ancient document. The results will not be widely known and many people will continue to quote the original theology-changing discovery of Jesus’ wife. It’s a good read …

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Oct 16

I am Swiss by birth, German by education, and American by choice.

I am Swiss by birth, German by education, and American by choice. The church historian Philip Schaff (1819-1893) often gave this description of himself. His father died when he was a year-old.  His education began in Switzerland and culminated at the University of Berlin. After teaching at the Berlin for two years he was called …

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Aug 12

Is abortion logical? Four possible answers

Justin Taylor’s recent blog post links to a video lecture by Peter Kreeft. and presents a written summary of the lecture. Kreeft’s  discussion of abortion addresses the possible options and their outcomes. Kreeft is a professor of philosophy at Boston College and The Kings College. He began his spiritual pilgrimage as a protestant at Calvin College …

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Apr 20

When you get forgetful bad things happen.

Becoming Forgetful Most of us fear becoming forgetful in our final years. When we don’t remember a fact or a face we wonder if this is the beginning of the feared decline. The Bible and Remembering The Bible stresses the importance of remembering. Memorials were set up when the Jordan was crossed and when God helped …

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Mar 05

The Politics of Statues: Pennsylvania, Oregon, and your state

Thermometer Issues Certain issues are thermometer issues. They warn us and alert us to changes in a situation. The Visit A few years ago I was in DC with family and at the end of a tour of the Capital I asked to go away and look at something while the others talked. I wanted …

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Oct 02

Four ways that Christians can change the world

The night before he was crucified, Jesus told the remaining disciples that he was leaving this world and he would return. He told them that they would live in a hostile world. Christians are a remnant. They wrestle with how to live in a world where most people reject Jesus. They have looked at Scripture …

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Jul 27

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God A Mighty Fortress Is Our GodI grew up in a Lutheran home and we often sang the hymn “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” at church. This “battle hymn of the Reformation” was written by Martin Luther in the late 1520s, about ten years after he posted his Ninety-Five …

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Mar 24

Veil of Tears- a movie about the liberation of women in India by the Gospel

Veil of Tears is a movie about the liberation of women in India by the Gospel. The film has been produced by Gospel for Asia. It has just been released and is playing in a growing number of theatres around the country. Check the website for a location near you. Collette and I support the …

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Mar 22

Sometimes children find out what their parents really believe

William Ellery Channing (1780-1842) was born just before the end of the Revolutionary War and was the grandson of a signer of the Declaration of Independence. His grandfather  later became the Deputy Governor and Chief Justice of Rhode Island. Channing graduated first in his class at Harvard in 1798. He left the faith of his …

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Mar 19

Sometimes disagreements are real, deep and personal

Martin Luther was a very troubled monk. He tried to find peace through the ascetic disciplines of monastic life and the sacramental system of the Roman Church. Years later he said, “If ever a monk were to get to heaven by this monkery it would be I… I should have killed myself with vigils, prayers, …

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