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Head Coverings and Hairstyles in 1 Corinthians 11:2-16

I believe that 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 is one of the most perplexing passages for Christians living in 21st century America. I say that in part because a major assignment in my college course on the letters to the Corinthians was a ten page paper (1.5 spaced) on this passage, discussing all the...

What Happened AFTER the Apostles? The Apostolic Fathers

Last week I looked at what happened to the 12 Apostles, but what happened after the apostles? To be honest, my initial studies in church history did not directly answer this question, as they  focused more on the Reformation and what happened in the 1500’s in Europe. We need to...

What Happened to the 12 Apostles?

Our Christian “family heritage” ultimately goes back to Jesus Christ and his work, with the 12 Apostles carrying forth his message into the world. While it was more than these 12 that brought the message of Jesus into the world (for example, see Acts 8:4 and Acts 11:19-20 on how some...

Church History as a "Heritage Report"

Last month, my elementary-school aged daughter had an assignment to do a “Heritage Report,” in which she had to research and then present to her class information on the country from which her ancestors emigrated. Since her maternal grandfather’s grandfather came to America...

Key Anniversaries Remembered in the Last Decade (2010-2019)

This week we celebrate the beginning of a new year -- and a new decade. As 2019 came to a close, there was much reflection not only about the past year, but also the past decade (2010-19). In one sense, it is difficult to look at a decade as it closes to see what will be remembered as the most...

Matthew's Old Testament Passages in the Christmas Story: Jesus as a Nazarene

The last couple of posts have sought to explain how Matthew uses references to Hosea 12 and Jeremiah 31 in the infancy story of Jesus in Matthew 2. There is one final place in the chapter in which Matthew says that something about Jesus’s early life “fulfills” what was spoken...

Matthew's Old Testament Passages in the Christmas Story: Jeremiah 31

In the last two posts, we have seen that Matthew refers to Isaiah 7 and Hosea 12 in his telling the story of Jesus’s birth and childhood, saying that something happens that “fulfills” these passages from the prophets. The next time Matthew refers to something being fulfilled is...

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