I made this (potentially helpful?) church timeline. I made in a way that emphasizes the common origin of the four apostolic church communions (that maintain apostolic succession and reach back to the ancient Church).
Here in the American South, we tend to think of Christianity in terms of its Western expressions, especially the various Protestant traditions. Add to that the conservative Evangelicals, college-hip non-denominational churches, and prosperity megachurches --- and you can see why we've been conditioned to think of Christianity in particularly American ways. Well, this is Western… Continue reading Fellow Westerners, Meet the Eastern Churches
God uses weak human beings to be his representatives. I know it seems awfully ironic that even sinners can be "ambassadors for Christ" (2 Cor. 5:20). But God does not compete with his creatures; He transforms them. He allows them to participate in his own goodness. Christ, the great teacher, speaks through Paul. And Christ, the Good Shepherd, leads through Peter.
The World is either chance or purpose. These two options are very different, and they're the only possibilities. To be sure, there are further refinements: If this world is intentional, that doesn't in itself answer everything about humanity's purpose, or the nature of the intention-giver (God? etc.) But when deciding how we live, the ultimate… Continue reading #YOLO – oh and the world either has purpose, or it doesn’t
This week marks Pope Francis' fifth anniversary since his election as bishop of Rome! So I thought I'd shoot out a few papal posts. As a matter of history, the Pope, as bishop of Rome, is the successor of the Apostle Peter. According to Catholicism, this means the Pope holds the same office that Peter… Continue reading The Pope as Peter