Along the way to his martyrdom, he wrote seven letters to various Christian communities. Besides the New Testament, his letters are among the earliest Christian writings we have. His letters are therefore invaluable for learning about the state and development of early Christianity.
When you hear "priest," you're likely to think of Catholicism. Actually, not only the Catholic Church but all other ancient Christian communions regard their ordained ministers as priests. This includes the Eastern Orthodox, the Oriental Orthodox, and the Assyrian Church of the East. Still, most Christians in the West are not familiar with these traditions:… Continue reading Why do some Christians have Priests?
...while adhering to the moral teachings of the Catholic Church and other traditional Christians. While there are many ways of approaching the question of vocation, this post has in mind the human need for relationship. Because sexual relationships outside of marriage are forbidden by Catholic teaching, and gay people will largely not enter (opposite-sex/Catholic) marriage,… Continue reading How to live as a Gay Christian
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