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?
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…”