The venerable fourth century pastor John Chrysostom faced a predicament. A group of widows had become some of the most prominent leaders in the church at Antioch, and their influence was increasing. Though he described them as "cherished," they had also grown increasingly vocal which apparently had created some conflict. In a surprising show of … Continue reading A Time to Listen
For those who have, or have not, been following the firestorm surrounding comments regarding domestic violence that were made by Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS), I would like to address a distinct aspect of this controversy that could easily be overlooked. First of all, it is right to both oppose and … Continue reading Radical Complementarianism: The View of Women Underlying Current Controversy
The church is not the best place for learning to follow Jesus. Not to threaten my own job security, but it is true. According to Scripture, the place that best suits having the Word of God impressed on our hearts is the home. Have you ever considered looking at your home as a training ground … Continue reading Our Homes — A Training Ground for Righteousness
There are some things in life that pause the entire momentum of our schedules and force the swirling inertia of our multi-tasked lives to stop -- and behold. They can even take our breath away. In my adult life, I have found such experiences to be more prevalent within the chambers of a good museum. … Continue reading ‘He Careth’ – How a Painting Makes Providence Come to Life
[This is part four and the final selection of my series of articles entitled: "Hangin' with the Carolingians." The Carolingian dynasty, which encompassed nearly two centuries (AD 686-c.900), is a fascinating era. To this point, the articles have discussed the crowning of Charlemagne, the Holy Roman Empire, and the Venerable Bede's take on Lent. In … Continue reading Charlemagne was great, but his son Louis the Pious may have been even better (Hangin’ with the Carolingians part 4)
[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
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.