Today, June 1, the church celebrates 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, where… Continue reading Justin Martyr reveals what the Early Church believed about the Sacraments
Salvation is a central theme in Christianity. You can't really think of Jesus without also thinking of salvation: the angels announce him as the "Savior" born in Bethlehem; John the Baptist identifies him as the "Lamb of God" who takes away the sins of the world; St. John proclaims him to be God's only Son… Continue reading 5 Myths on what Christians mean by Salvation
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
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