Why Christians Should Celebrate Lent and the Venerable Bede

[This is part three of my series of articles entitled: "Hangin' with the Carolingians." The Carolingian dynasty, which encompassed nearly two centuries (AD 686-840), is a fascinating era. The Venerable Bede, who is the subject of this article, was an English contemporary of the Carolingians who was largely responsible for the rise of English literacy … Continue reading Why Christians Should Celebrate Lent and the Venerable Bede

John Calvin and why the Church should be ashamed

The final installment in my series on the biblical command to care for the poor is about a system that is broken. If anyone in church history who is most associated with a system, it would have to be John Calvin (AD 1509-1564). Calvin remains one of the most influential theologians since St. Augustine. Tragically, … Continue reading John Calvin and why the Church should be ashamed

Francis of Assisi: What it Means to Kiss the Hand of the Leper

From the book of Genesis forward, God has made clear that His people are to bless others as a natural outflow of the blessings God has given them. Over the last few weeks, I have tried to identify some important Judeo-Christian teachings concerning the responsibility of God's people to care for the needy. We began … Continue reading Francis of Assisi: What it Means to Kiss the Hand of the Leper

The Definition of Extreme Poverty from John Chrysostom

What happens to an organization when it moves from the "grassroots" phase to becoming a conglomerate? And seemingly overnight? The term "conglomerate" can refer to business or geology. In business, a conglomerate is defined as "a corporation consisting of more than one previously unrelated industries or divisions that is usually the result of a merger … Continue reading The Definition of Extreme Poverty from John Chrysostom

The Next in Line – Peter, Paul, and . . . Clement?

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?

Katherine von Bora and the Martin Luther’s Family Dinner Table

The men of the Reformation are almost household names in Church History: Luther. Calvin. Zwingli. Knox. As with every era of history, several women played important roles during this period of rebirth in the Church. History records the venerable lives of several important women of this era, most of whom had their roots in the … Continue reading Katherine von Bora and the Martin Luther’s Family Dinner Table

The still-undefeated #towerman – Simeon Stylites

In light of the recent news in my city (Tulsa, OK), I have decided to postpone writing at Katherine von Bora (Luther's wife) for one week. As most of you know, #towerman has been dominating the lead stories in Tulsa. A troubled young man spent nearly a week a top of large broadcasting tower in … Continue reading The still-undefeated #towerman – Simeon Stylites