To this day, Constantine I (AD 272-337) is a polarizing figure. He is hailed by some as a savior of the Christian faith - a saint among saints. Others portray him as a villain in the Christian story, and question whether or not he ever truly had an authentic conversion experience with Christ. In either … Continue reading What happened to the cross of Christ? Just ask Helena, Constantine the Great’s mum.
[Spoiler alert - Do not let your children who believe in Santa Claus read this post. I know my posts appeal heavily to ages 0-10] Like many American traditions, the legend of Santa Claus can be traced back to Dutch roots. Santa's name comes from the Dutch word Sinterklaas, or Sint Klaes. The European-originated Santa Claus … Continue reading The Really “Old” Saint Nick – St. Nicholas of Myra
He hated Christianity. He hated Judaism. He even hated the pagan religions. He thought all religion was without merit. The Roman Emperor Julian (emperor from AD 361-363), was also known as "the Apostate" because of his atheism. Despite his disdain for their religious traditions and practices, Julian was impressed with the way both Christians and … Continue reading Mishnah and Peah: What the Jews knew about the poor has been forgotten.
When the Apostle Paul was put to death in Rome, sometime during the later part of the reign of Nero (between AD66-68), a long list of well-known church leaders had been heavily under his influence. Many of these names are familiar to most Christians: Barnabas, Mark, Luke, Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Silas, Priscilla, Aquila, and Apollos. … Continue reading The Next in Line – Peter, Paul, and . . . Clement?
Athanasius of Alexandria is best known for his "Christology" which developed into the orthodox catholic (little c = universal) and Catholic (big C = Roman Catholic) belief and teaching about Jesus. A small amount of research will undoubtedly turn up Athanasius' belief that Jesus was both fully God and fully man; and that Jesus existed … Continue reading Athanasius talks to Lucifer?