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Faith, Works, and the Early Church Fathers

A friend told me a couple times recently that the early church fathers disagreed among themselves a lot. I hope to get a chance to finish that conversation with him because that statement is just not true. They were far … Continue reading

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Obedience and Salvation: A Question for Evangelicals

“Though he was a Son, yet he learned obedience through the things which he suffered. And being made perfect, [Jesus] became the author of eternal salvation to those who obey him” (Heb. 5:8-9). “We [apostles] are his witnesses of these … Continue reading

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Second Century Timeline

I was going to do a part 2 on my introduction to the Second Century Timeline. Restless Pilgrim, who has been a tireless follower of this blog, asked about quotes from Ignatius. He deserves a medal for tolerating me so … Continue reading

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Differences Among the Apostles 2 (Bible Interpretation)

My Oct. 26 post explains the point of this post. One more difference between Paul and the other apostles is how they talked about salvation. Paul is mysterious. He tells us that we are justified by faith apart from works … Continue reading

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Differences Among the Apostles (Bible Interpretation)

I explained the purpose of this post in yesterday’s post. We tend to think of the Bible as one book. It’s not. “Bible” is from the Greek and Latin words for “books.” The books of the Bible were written by … Continue reading

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Easter or Resurrection Day? … Or Neither?

It doesn’t take much insight to realize that colored eggs and the Easter bunny have nothing to do with the original reason for “Easter.” It takes a little research to find out that the word Easter comes from the name … Continue reading

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Polycarp, Anicetus, Popes, Tradition, the Passover, and Easter

From great to small, Christians were known for their bravery. Not just men, but women and children scorned the punishment of Roman persecutors, passing judgment on their judges by their joy in facing death, and knowing that every drop of blood they shed was seed. “The more often you mow us down, the more of us there are,” they would boast. Continue reading

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