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Common Controversies in Church History: Culture and Fallen Christians

One of the things I love about studying church history -- our family heritage -- is realizing that some of the challenges and problems we face today existed many years ago. This is comforting, since we have a tendency to think that we are the only ones who have had to deal with these challenges...

Our Heritage as Christians: Apologists

I believe I was in high school when I first heard of “apologists.” At first I was a bit confused by the term, as it sounded like these people were apologizing for being a Christian. However, it was soon explained to me that apologists were Christian writers, speakers, and thinkers...

Key Characteristics of the Early Church

In exploring church history as a “heritage report” of our ancestors in the Christian faith, we saw what happened to the 12 Apostles and some of the key leaders who were influenced by the apostles and helped lead the next generation of the church (the Apostolic Fathers). A potential...

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...

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