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
What does it mean to believe in God? For the Christian, belief in God is more than just believing that God exists. It starts there, but it's much more than that: To believe in God is to choose to enter into relationship with the Creator, the only one who is able to inform our purpose… Continue reading “I Believe in God…”
1. What is Lent? Lent is a special time dedicated to self-examination and conversion as Christians prepare to celebrate Easter, the high point of the Christian calendar. Lent is celebrated approximately 40 days, recalling special times of preparation in the Bible. For example, Jesus fasted for “40 days and 40 nights” in preparation for his… Continue reading 7 FAQs on Lent
A few days ago, the church celebrated St. Justin Martyr, an early second-century convert to the Christian faith. Before his conversion, Justin jumped from philosophy to philosophy, ultimately sticking to Platonism—until he met a mysterious old man who moved him in the direction of Jesus Christ. Born in Palestine, Justin eventually found himself in Rome,… Continue reading The witness of Justin Martyr