Category Archives: History

Winning For the Sake of Winning at the Cost of Conscience

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What if you lived in Poland in October of 1939 after both Germany and the Soviet Union invaded and divided up your homeland? Adolf Hitler was a National Socialist. Joseph Stalin was a Communistic Socialist. Both sought to prop up … Continue reading

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She Will Be Saved Through Childbearing

Reexamining an ancient understanding of a difficult text I recently read a blog in which Pastor Mark Driscoll presented four interpretations of 1 Tim 2:15.1 He provided a summary of said views, neglecting to say that more views exist. In … Continue reading

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Sabbath & Lord’s Day in Early Church Thought 6

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Our Hearts Are Restless Till They Find Rest in Thee The scope of this study is too small to include a biography of Augustine (AD 354 – 430), the bishop of Hippo. Anyone who considers himself or herself a thinking … Continue reading

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Sabbath & Lord’s Day in Early Church Thought 5

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The Fourth Century Constantine: the External Threat Becomes the Internal Threat The emperor Constantine (AD 306 – 337) had a religious experience whilst gaining control over the Roman Empire. The experience made him favor what had been an illegal religion. … Continue reading

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Sabbath & Lord’s Day in Early Church Thought 4

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Late 2nd and Early 3rd Century The Waxing and Waning of External Persecution The policy of Trajan continued into the Third Century; thus, for the most part, persecution was local and sporadic. Under Marcus Aurelius (ruled from AD 161 – … Continue reading

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Sabbath & Lord’s Day in Early Church Thought 3

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Justin Martyr: Ordinary Christian Practice and the Sabbath We conclude our look at the late 1st Century and early 2nd Century by examining two writings by Justin Martyr (AD 110-165). Before his conversion to Christianity, Justin had been a Platonist … Continue reading

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Sabbath & Lord’s Day in Early Church Thought 2

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Background to the Late 1st and Early 2nd Century External Persecution Trajan and Pliny. The governor of Bithynia from AD 109 to 111, Pliny the Younger, found his territory filled with Christians.22 Many pagan temples were abandoned in favor of … Continue reading

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